Time Tracking Services – Payday Loans VMR http://paydayloansvmr.com/ Mon, 09 May 2022 23:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://paydayloansvmr.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/payday-loans-vmr-icon-150x150.png Time Tracking Services – Payday Loans VMR http://paydayloansvmr.com/ 32 32 Phoenix-Area School District Uses Grant to Expand Student Transportation Services https://paydayloansvmr.com/phoenix-area-school-district-uses-grant-to-expand-student-transportation-services/ Mon, 09 May 2022 23:13:05 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/phoenix-area-school-district-uses-grant-to-expand-student-transportation-services/

Although it is not solving its shortage of school bus drivers, the Tolleson Union High School District near Phoenix is ​​using a $2 million state grant to increase transportation for homeless youth as well as students who would not normally receive the service.

Robert Herzog, the district’s transportation manager, shared details last month about the transportation modernization grant awarded last year by A for Arizona, a nonprofit created in 2013 by the superintendent of the then-public instruction, Lisa Graham Keegan, to use best practices from the business world to help students succeed. The program began the following spring by engaging 100 of the state’s high-poverty school districts to understand the learning barriers faced by their students and develop strategies that could help them.

Gov. Doug Ducey and the state legislature allocated $20 million last fall for the first transportation modernization grant, and A for Arizona selected 10 school districts to receive $2 million each to use. This year. Twenty-five percent of each scholarship is required to serve students and families in rural areas.

Tolleson originally asked to use the funds to enter into a contract with transportation network company HopSkipDrive to transport students eligible for service under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Herzog explained, adding that more students now benefit from a grant.

“At the end of the day, we still know that a school bus is the safest way to travel to school. In a perfect world, we would be able to transport every student safely in a big yellow bus. Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in right now,” he said.

The reality is that Herzog has repeatedly said this school year that nearly a third of his school bus drivers have called. This means that all office and garage staff complete routes and other trips. It also puts some students at risk of not having trips to and from school.

HopSkipDrive transports students from their current residence or facility directly to school and back, and it’s expensive. But those costs, Herzog added, are comparable to the expense of sending a 77-passenger school bus to pick up a student from a homeless facility. “It’s expensive to run a bus like that,” Herzog noted last month. “My last bill was $80,000, but for 180 children. Sending a bus for each of these children would be at least as much, I think.

While school districts must transport homeless students to their home school, he added that the grant allows Tolleson to transport some students with disabilities as well. “Most of the children we transport with a disability [via HopSkipDrive] are minors on the autism spectrum, basically high-achieving students,” he said.

None need help with their individual education program. If they need help, he added, they take the school bus.

The program has also evolved into what Herzog called “a hub and spoke model,” where out-of-district students who otherwise wouldn’t be eligible for the service can take HopSkipDrive vehicles from their residence to the district bus stop. nearest, where they then board the bus and travel the rest of the way to school. The service runs in reverse on the way back. Students attending vocational training centers also use the service.

“Everyone knows that not all students are supposed to go to college. We do this to make sure we’re doing everything we can for the good of our students,” Herzog said.[HopSkipDrive] is a great role model, I think, because it serves some of these students that we don’t usually work with,” he commented.

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While admitting that school buses can’t always promise the same driver will be there tomorrow, especially during the current shortage, he would like to see more consistency from the contract department in building relationships with students.

“I know there are some pilots who probably [drive] the same student, but it is not generalized. I wish this was streamlined because when you work with a student, even mildly autistic, change is not good for them. Every time there is a change, there is the possibility of an adverse reaction,” he added.

Herzog also said he would be interested in adding video surveillance to contract vehicles because all district vehicles, including the Chevy Traverse SUVs that are used to transport some McKinney-Vento students, are equipped with the equipment.

“I found so many times that saved us, when a parent says, ‘Well, your driver did that,'” he concluded. “It’s a lot [needed] protection for us. I would like this in HopSkipDrive vehicles.

HopSkipDrive does not offer video surveillance, a company spokeswoman said, due to privacy concerns. “HopSkipDrive is dedicated to safety first, and that includes consideration for the privacy rights of young drivers and CareDrivers,” said Miriam Ravkin, the company’s senior vice president of marketing.

Instead, she shared that the company’s Safe Ride Support system provides live monitoring, real-time tracking, and alerts to parents as well as CareDrivers during each student ride. The system also detects “abnormalities” in real time and perhaps even before they occur.

“The CareDriver app is integrated with a leading third-party platform that logs the events of the six riskiest driving behaviors. We have visibility into all risky driving behavior events, while CareDrivers receive a personalized weekly scorecard that drives iterative driving improvement,” added Rivkin. “The benefits are enormous, including a crash rate that’s 140 percent lower than the national average.”

ImagineTime and Mango Billing team up to launch Mango Practice Management https://paydayloansvmr.com/imaginetime-and-mango-billing-team-up-to-launch-mango-practice-management/ Tue, 03 May 2022 13:21:10 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/imaginetime-and-mango-billing-team-up-to-launch-mango-practice-management/

ImagineTime and Mango Billing, leading software providers for the accounting industry, have partnered to create Mango Practice Management, a comprehensive practice management solution designed for accountants, by accountants.

“With Mango, we are expanding the definition of traditional practice management from an internally focused solution to a full client collaboration suite, giving companies the ability to better interface with and onboard their clients,” said Carl Coe, CEO of Mango Practice Management. “Mango is the result of over 20 years of software development by accountants specifically for the accounting industry.”

The all-in-one practice management system is built on a fully modern technology stack and features a robust suite of practice management solutions and extends traditional practice management to include client onboarding, e-signature and a unique approach to secure file sharing.

Users will benefit from a powerful range of offerings designed to provide all the tools they need to run their practice seamlessly and efficiently, including:

  • Fully web-based, scalable and industry-ready products
  • Complete practice management system including time tracking, billing, workflow and data analysis
  • Native integrated payment processing
  • State-of-the-art secure file sharing, engagement letters and electronic signature
  • Customer portal with comprehensive document management
  • Integration with QuickBooks Online and Desktop.

With nearly 2,000 businesses and 10,000 users already using Mango, the software is a cutting-edge, technology-driven solution that increases business revenue, saves time and resources, increases productivity, and provides support and service. world class. The easy-to-use system combines proprietary secure file sharing and e-signature services with innovative tracking, invoicing and scheduling features, making it the ideal solution for businesses large and small.

“I am impressed with Mango’s features and user experience. It’s by far the best software I’ve used in my practice,” said Jim Kent of accounting firm James L. Kent, CPA. “It streamlines all aspects of my practice and ensures that I get paid faster. Everything about Mango caters to the needs of accountants – it does the heavy lifting of running my practice so I can focus on my clients.

New real-time information system for Canterbury public transport https://paydayloansvmr.com/new-real-time-information-system-for-canterbury-public-transport/ Sun, 01 May 2022 22:10:00 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/new-real-time-information-system-for-canterbury-public-transport/

Late last year, Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City Council successfully launched the new Real Time Information (RTI) system for the Metro public transport network. The implementation was completed when the Bus Interchange technology was upgraded.

Over the past 12 months, the project has refreshed and upgraded Metro’s RTI system by replacing the old radio solution with a GPS solution supplied by NEC NZ Limited.

Solution items include enhancements for:

  • the bus interchange
  • on-board equipment
  • street bus locators
  • feature-rich bus location data
  • online tools for passenger travel, and
  • Third-party APIs to power mobile apps.

The new system also provides a bus operator management system that allows operators to manage their buses according to metro timetables and helps monitor and measure the reliability of buses on the Greater Christchurch network.

Real-time information is a real game-changer

Once the project is complete, Metro customers can benefit from accurate, real-time arrival information. Every bus in service on the Greater Christchurch network provides a position update every second, and with a high level of accuracy.

“This speed of information gathering is crucial to being able to monitor and manage where and when we need to change or make improvements to the network or timetables,” said Jeremy Dickson, director of business services and public transport improvement. of Environment Canterbury.

The previous system suffered from black spots in certain areas, where radio frequency data could not be relied upon and the new system is designed to be able to be integrated with other systems and evolve over time.

“As the Metro network grows, technology advances and customer expectations rise, we need to be able to scale to meet those expectations,” Dickson said.

Project partners are excited to implement a new system

NEC New Zealand chief executive Mel Barber said they were excited about the opportunity to work with the project partners to implement this new technology.

“This commitment is part of a multi-year agreement that will allow us to partner to continuously improve the travel and passenger experience for Cantabria. NEC is committed to continuing the construction of our center of Smart Transport excellence in the ANZ region,” she said.

The project was complex, involving multiple parties, software and hardware for a fleet of 251 buses and the Diamond Harbor Ferry.

“COVID-19 restrictions in the midst of the upgrades caused planning complications, but the project team, operators and NEC were very nimble in their delivery and we’re really glad we were able to do that” , Dickson said.

“With many stakeholders involved in the project, getting to a stage where we’re all happy with how things are going is a very good outcome,” he said.

“The Bus Exchanger, which allocates buses to bays in real time, had to completely change its hardware and software.

“Upgrading the system on a network that operates 19 hours a day, 7 days a week was always going to be a challenge. There was little room for failure, testing and deployment.

“One of our main goals in this implementation was to not disrupt our passengers. We are proud that we were able to achieve this goal,” he said.

Christchurch City Council’s director of transport operations, Stephen Wright, said the new system will mean there will be more accurate and accessible information at bus stops across the city.

“The new bus detectors are easier to see, hear and use, making it easier to catch the bus,” he said.

Regional planning provides a framework for improvement now and in the future

During the development of the Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP), reliability and punctuality were highlighted by the community as essential to public confidence in and use of public transport.

“It’s the key system that underpins our ability to deliver service that meets those expectations and to measure and improve services over time,” Dickson said.

Now that the real-time information system is in place, service improvements can be made, such as managing and minimizing bus grouping, and improvements to driver display units with step-by-step instructions to help to driver training.

The NEC system also has built-in machine learning which, over time, adapts to the impact of traffic at peak times of the day and/or week to accommodate traffic within its arrival times. planned.

“These and other opportunities emerging with the new solution will enable us to continuously deliver the improved reliability that we have set ourselves the goal of achieving through our RPTP,” he said.

Customers will notice some changes

The launch means customers will notice changes including better accuracy of journey planning tools and third-party mobile apps, correct pronunciation of te reo at the interchange, and more advanced street infrastructure, including synthesis options. vocal.

Customers using metro services in hilly areas and on the edge of the network will also benefit from increased real-time tracking coverage where it was previously unavailable, meaning their estimated arrival times buses will be more accurate.

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NextNav partners with Last Mile to improve asset tracking https://paydayloansvmr.com/nextnav-partners-with-last-mile-to-improve-asset-tracking/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/nextnav-partners-with-last-mile-to-improve-asset-tracking/

MCLEAN, Va., April 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NextNavleader in next-generation geolocation solutions, has partnered with Last mile technology, a provider of proprietary asset movement and sensor event analytics services, to enhance the vertical location capabilities of their asset tracking solutions. Organizations can now accurately visualize and understand the three-dimensional movement of critical assets to empower operations, security, and data-driven decision making.

With vertical location intelligence powered by NextNav PinnacleLast mile Multifunctional asset tracker – which has a built-in barometric sensor – can now report precise 3D geolocation data of any asset via API, web or mobile applications. The enhanced service will support asset tracking use cases in construction applications, supply chains and logistics, and facilities management, among others, where the location of assets is critical to continuity activities and the efficiency of operations.

“With NextNav, we are setting a new industry standard for the accurate tracking of an organization’s most critical assets – its people and assets,” said Scot Kane, founder of Last Mile Technology. “Together, we help our clients locate their assets, wherever they are, including multi-story structures and beyond, improving business operations in real time.”

By combining IoT device hardware with purpose-built software, such as NextNav Pinnacle, Last Mile Technology has unlocked unique capabilities in traditional IoT tracking technologies. Specifically, organizations can now accurately track their most valuable assets across geographies without complex and expensive localized infrastructure and hardware that would otherwise be required to deliver accurate location intelligence.

“From industrial equipment deployed in the field to infrastructure and assets located onsite, organizations operate more efficiently and safely when they can understand where assets are in real time, from anywhere” , said Dan Hight, vice president of business development and partnerships at NextNav. “By bringing vertical location capabilities powered by NextNav Pinnacle to IoT asset tracking, we enable organizations to better locate and protect their assets wherever they are and use the data they generate to inform business decisions. .”

NextNav Pinnacle covers over 4,400 cities and towns and 90% of buildings over three stories in the United States. Today, the vertical location network is used to power accurate vertical location services across industries including public safety, apps and games, advertising and marketing.

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About NextNav

NextNav (Nasdaq: NN) is a leader in next-generation GPS, enabling an entirely new ecosystem of applications and services that rely on vertical location and resilient geolocation technology. The company’s Pinnacle Network delivers highly accurate vertical positioning to transform location-based services, reflect the 3D world around us, and support innovative new technologies. NextNav’s TerraPoiNT network provides accurate, reliable and resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) services to support critical infrastructure and other GPS dependent systems in the absence or failure of GPS .

For more information, visit https://nextnav.com/ or follow NextNav on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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]]> Puck and player tracking are making great strides in the NHL https://paydayloansvmr.com/puck-and-player-tracking-are-making-great-strides-in-the-nhl/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 21:30:09 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/puck-and-player-tracking-are-making-great-strides-in-the-nhl/

When Buffalo rookie Owen Power scored his first NHL goal, the replay from five different angles was available within seconds from a private suite at the Prudential Center, as the team celebrated below. A few doors down, donning a helmet virtually puts you on ice with a cast of cartoon characters re-enacting the room.

More than three years after puck and player tracking was first tested by the NHL, technology has advanced in leaps and bounds to give coaches just about all the information they need during and after a game. match. When the playoffs begin next week, fans will continue to see more details about player speed, shot speed and other metrics; by next season they should have access to some of this data as well.

“We will be putting more puck and player tracking data on our website in the near future for fans to have access to for the first time,” said the senior manager of coaching apps and general manager. of the NHL, Brant Berglund, during the last bulletin of the league. technology showcase during a game between Buffalo and New Jersey. “He’ll be there next season and maybe even as early as the playoffs this season for some of them.”

Showing how well someone throws the puck – and how often a player breaks 20 mph – is just the start of the lineup of futuristic technology coming to a hockey arena near you. The next wave includes real-time video and instant replays available to fans on their phones and steps towards augmented and virtual reality.

Coaches already have access to all puck and player tracking data as part of the app developed for their use on the bench during games. It includes a two-dimensional illustration of the game with players turned into small circles with their numbers on them and everything from average and maximum speed to when an opponent is most likely to shoot the goalie when he’s on the line. trails by a number of goals.

Broadcasters could be next to get an app like this to illustrate trends, with fans finally getting their hands on all the data, more than ever before.

“You can spend a lot of time and get great insight into what’s going on in the game,” NHL chief technology officer Peter DelGiacco said. “We think the opportunity we have in the next couple of years to take all that data and create ideas and make the game a lot more relevant with better stories and be a lot more entertaining for all the fans – not only the fans. It will also give you better information that you didn’t really know.

Hockey fans aren’t the only ones who appreciate shot heatmaps or live speed data. Executive Vice President of Business Development and Innovation Dave Lehanski said Arena fans want replays available more than anything else.

The good news on this front is that the technology is already available and has been implemented with nine NFL teams and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Inside a phone app, a fan present can pause and rewind the game and view it from multiple angles.

“We really want to personalize the experience,” said Eric Nagy, director of sports partnerships and innovation at Verizon. ” We are here. It’s something we’re pushing now.

Already in place are replay vaults filled with automated clips and others cut by people. Coming soon are iPad experiences integrated with social media and gambling, where odds are available in real time for live betting.

Bottom line is VR which can take anyone inside the game and on the ice into a 3D world that might feel realistic or more like a cartoon world. Strap on a helmet and you can see a model of the game from defender PK Subban’s perspective.

“We can make the characters look anything you want,” said Nicolaas Westerhof, co-founder of virtual reality company Beyond Sports. “We can go to any camera angle. Everyone can actually select their own camera angles. It’s like creating your own experience.

Lehanski said the combination of the puck and player tracking system, the 5G networks in every arena, and the cloud is building the infrastructure that could create tons of real-world applications when more advanced goggles and stuff are more readily available.

Commissioner Gary Bettman called the opportunities “unlimited”.

“We want to make sure that your connection to the game and your viewing experience, wherever you are, including the game, gives you everything you want and brings you into the game in a way that people never would. imagined,” Bettman mentioned. “And that’s what we do.”


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Lawmakers discuss merging out-of-track betting companies in Hudson Valley and Capital Region after mismanagement scandal https://paydayloansvmr.com/lawmakers-discuss-merging-out-of-track-betting-companies-in-hudson-valley-and-capital-region-after-mismanagement-scandal/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 21:52:25 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/lawmakers-discuss-merging-out-of-track-betting-companies-in-hudson-valley-and-capital-region-after-mismanagement-scandal/ ALBANY — After the New York Inspector General’s office uncovered alleged mismanagement at the Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation, lawmakers are considering how to reform the public company, including discussing a possible merger between the beleaguered organization and the Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting. Company.

If a merger is approved, the new off-track betting company would collect bets on horse racing from Rockland County to the Canadian border.

Emma Fuentes, spokeswoman for State Sen. James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, told The Times Union on Monday that conversations about a possible merger are “ongoing” with “stakeholders.”

Skoufis told the Mid Hudson News, “We are also in preliminary discussion about whether to merge Catskill OTB with a neighboring OTB and integrate the organization with a neighboring organization that has a more efficient and better management history.” He said the OTB would most likely be the Capital District organization, based in the Albany area.

Skoufis was previously advancing legislation to remove and replace all Catskill OTB board members following the mismanagement scandal, but now the senator is considering whether a merger is a better path, Fuentes said.

Catskill OTB Chairman Donald Groth and Capital District CEO John Signor could not immediately be reached for comment Monday afternoon. The Catskill OTB board is due to meet on Tuesday for the first time since the inspector general’s office released its findings.

In March, the Inspector General’s Office released a 2018 report detailing findings that Groth, who has run Catskill OTB for decades, engaged in mismanagement of the company, including spending millions of dollars to rent warehouses filled with worthless equipment and waste. He was also accused of abusing his company car, dating a junior employee and receiving a state pension in addition to his salary. Groth denied any wrongdoing in a recent interview and defended his leadership of the company.

The release of the report resonated with many local lawmakers, some of whom demanded a leadership reshuffle in response.

New York also considered OTB mergers in 2019 when the then government. Andrew M. Cuomo suggested in a budget proposal to give OTBs the power to merge. This recommendation was never adopted in the final budget. At the time, Signor said Capital District OTB would consider a merger under the right circumstances, while Groth said his company was not “actively seeking” a merger.

Catskill OTB operates horse racing betting parlors and kiosks, as well as online betting throughout the Hudson Valley. The Capital District OTB offers the same services in the northern counties and operates a horse racing television channel. As public benefit corporations, both distribute their revenues to local counties, the state, and the horse racing industry.

Catskill OTB has consistently collected the least revenue of New York’s five regional off-track betting companies for several years, while the Capital District operation has seen significantly higher revenue, according to Gaming Commission reports. of State.

Groth testified before the state legislature in 2018 that Catskill OTB was in “financial peril.” In a recent interview with The Times Union, Groth blamed the company’s money troubles on a waning interest in horse racing and said the legislature must grant Catskill permission to operate lottery terminals. video to turn his business around.

In this year’s budget, the state gave the Catskill and Capital District OTBs more financial flexibility by allowing corporations to draw on their capital funds to cover operating costs and statutory obligations. Catskill has saved millions in its capital fund, sources said.

R&D tax credits can help your customers subsidize software development https://paydayloansvmr.com/rd-tax-credits-can-help-your-customers-subsidize-software-development/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 16:51:48 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/rd-tax-credits-can-help-your-customers-subsidize-software-development/

By Heidi Henderson.

If your clients are in the software development business, you might be happy to know that federal research and development (R&D) tax credits (designed to spur technology innovation in the United States) can reimburse them for the development of new products, processes or inventions. ; the credits can earn them a significant percentage for qualified research activities and qualified research expenditures. And over 40 US states also offer a state-level tax credit. To qualify for the credit, your customer’s software need not be new to the world, only new to their company.

But before they file for R&D tax credits with the IRS, what do you need to know about them? First, the IRS classifies all software into one of two categories: 1) software for external or third-party use and 2) software for internal use. Each is judged according to different criteria.

External software criteria

A great example of external software is Microsoft. External software is intended for sale, rental or license to customers. The IRS will accept the credit if the research passes this four-part test:

  • This must be technological in nature: The activity must be based on hard sciences, such as engineering, physics or computer science.
  • It must involve a new or improved business component: Your client must demonstrate that he intends to develop a new or improved product or process, and not to make a simple aesthetic change.
  • It must involve the process of experimentation: They must evaluate the alternatives by modelling, simulation, testing or other methods.
  • it must pass technical uncertainty test: They must eliminate technical uncertainty through your research. They must explain how they endeavored to achieve the desired result and how they achieved this objective.

The IRS applies the four-part test to each business component, i.e. each software version or module developed. Here are some examples of software applications for external use that may qualify:

  • document management systems
  • educational software
  • marketing software
  • firmware

Internal software criteria

Internal-use software is designed to support a business internally. It can be used for administrative, financial or HR management purposes or to provide support services within a company. Companies develop software for internal use, based on their own platform, in order to be more operationally efficient or to avoid paying fees to a third-party supplier.

However, in-house software must meet stricter requirements. It must be very innovative, and there can be nothing like it on the market. (Software for external use does not have this requirement, as it is based on an original platform.)

Software for internal use must pass not only the four-part research test above, but also an enhanced three-part test:

  1. The software must be very innovative.
  2. Its development must introduce significant economic risk.
  3. A similar product must not be commercially available.

To determine the presence of a significant economic risk, internal software must pass an additional two-part test.

  1. Your client’s business needs to commit significant resources.
  2. Substantial uncertainty must be involved. Can the R&D investment be recovered within a reasonable time?

Eligible activities

Here are some examples of R&D activities that the IRS considers eligible for the credit:

  • Alpha/beta testing
  • Design and testing of applications and platforms
  • Coding, programming, testing (e.g. for functional, integration or user interface purposes)
  • Cloud computing development activities
  • New architectures, new algorithms or new database management techniques
  • Development of software and hardware products to foster communication and interaction
  • Design of specialized technologies (such as for image processing, artificial intelligence or voice recognition)
  • System software development (e.g. operating systems or compilers)

Eligible research expenses

Qualified Research Expenses (QRE) are expenses deemed by the IRS to be acceptable for credit. They include:

  • salaries of employees who carry out R&D
  • supplies used during the R&D process
  • part of what an entrepreneur spends on R&D activity.

Expenses may include cloud computing costs and costs associated with offsite servers.

It is important to note that the R&D tax credit is above all a salary driven credit. The lion’s share of R&D expenditure comes from the cost of compensation for eligible employees and consultants. However, for the purposes of claiming the R&D tax credit, all employees and consultants must be based in the United States, and not in India or another outsourcing location.

A few other points:

  • Funded research is disqualified.
  • If your client is also claiming the employee retention credit, this may reduce the amount of credit they may be entitled to, as the ERC reduces payroll costs.
  • Additionally, they must own the intellectual property rights to the platform they are building.

Above all, documentation is key. Your client must have evidence to defend the credit and back them up when they go to file. They should:

  • Follow the list of projects or revisions. Each version of the release would be a new project.
  • Keep a list of projects and what their staff are working on.
  • Have a time tracker in place.
  • Include employee titles.

Potentially eligible R&D job titles could include:

  • Director of Software Engineering
  • Programmer
  • Senior Technical Managers
  • Software analyst
  • Software developers
  • Software integration engineers

Your client can bank their tax savings to fund new projects

Less than a third of businesses eligible for the credit even know it exists, so two-thirds lose out. If your client’s activities and expenses qualify and they have kept diligent documentation, they can realize substantial tax savings that they can then reinvest in their business, so they can undertake even more research. and earn additional R&D tax credits! It’s a virtuous circle.


Heidi Henderson is an executive vice president at Engineered Tax Services and a national tax consultant specializing in federal tax incentives. An active real estate investor, she holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. If you have any questions, you can email him at: hhenderson@engineeredtaxservices.com

This Google Chrome Trick Organizes All Those Open Tabs https://paydayloansvmr.com/this-google-chrome-trick-organizes-all-those-open-tabs/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 13:00:03 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/this-google-chrome-trick-organizes-all-those-open-tabs/

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If you’re looking for a way to clean up your many open browser tabs, Google has a useful grouping feature in its chrome toolset. The feature, called Tab Groups, lets you group open websites with a single click and label them with a custom name and color. You can even move and rearrange the groups as you please.

Google introduced the feature in 2020, but a similar feature has been around for years in other browsers like Vivaldi and Operaand through browser extensions such as OneTab.

Tab groups will be particularly useful when working on several different projects at the same time, tracking the progress of tasks, or browsing multiple shopping and review sites.

Use Chrome’s Tab Groups to organize all of your open websites in the browser.


Customize your tab group however you like, using words or emoji for the tab group name. The best part might be that groups are saved when you close and reopen Chrome, removing the step of digging through your browser history to find the website you’re looking for.

The Tab Groups feature is available for Chrome Browser on desktop computers that run Chrome OS, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Here’s how to create group tabs in Chrome:

1. When you have a tab open, right-click on it and click Add a tab to the new group.

2. Select the name and color of your tab group.

3. When you open new tabs, right-click on it, then click Add to group, then select the group you want to add them to. The tabs in this group will be underlined with the color you chose.

4. After that, move them into each group as desired.

Chrome is the world’s most popular browserand tab functionality had been on test several months before its release.

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Waiting for your tax refund check in the mail? Here’s how to follow it https://paydayloansvmr.com/waiting-for-your-tax-refund-check-in-the-mail-heres-how-to-follow-it/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 22:15:03 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/waiting-for-your-tax-refund-check-in-the-mail-heres-how-to-follow-it/

USPS can scan your incoming mail and let you know when your tax refund will arrive.

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This story is part Taxes 2022CNET’s coverage of the best tax software and everything you need to file quickly, accurately and on time.

Now that the the tax return deadline has passed, you can expect to receive your tax refund if you filed it on time. If you filed a paper tax return and did not set up direct deposit, you can expect to receive your check in the mail. But when will it happen exactly?

The US Postal Service has a tracking tool that lets you know exactly when your tax refund will arrive in your mailbox. It’s called informed delivery, and the free USPS service sends you alerts for any new mail — and transmits images of the front of letters so you know exactly what’s coming. It doesn’t take photos of your incoming packages, but it tracks them and will also allow you to add an electronic signature to receive packages when you’re away from home.

We’ll explain the process for setting up and using USPS Informed Delivery. For more information on tax time and the post office, ask about the the biggest tax changes this year, CNET’s picks from best tax software for 2022 and how to tell the IRS and USPS that you have moved.

USPS Informed Delivery: track your check directly to your mailbox

Informed Delivery is a free USPS mail tracking service that automatically scans your incoming letters and can send you an image whenever something bearing your name is about to be delivered.

When the USPS passes mail through its automated sorting equipment, it creates a digital image of the front of all letter-size mail. Anyone who signs up for Informed Delivery can benefit from this information by having USPS notify you when each courier with your name is on its way. Note that activating your account may take three days.

As part of the program, you will receive an email every morning, Monday through Saturday, to let you know when the mail has been delivered. You will also see a grayscale image of the front of the letter. Informed Delivery also offers free apps for Android and iOS.

Just know that signing up means you’ll see everything mail scanned by post. You can cancel the service at any time. Read on for more details on how to sign up for informed delivery.

You can also track your parcels from the post office

With Informed Delivery, you can check the delivery status of your packages and their expected arrival date. However, the post office does not capture an image of your packages. You can use the service to create an electronic signature so that you can receive packages when you are not at home.

USPS Informed Delivery: How to Get Notifications

Informed delivery has certain limitations. For example, it will work with many residential and personal PO Box addresses, but not businesses. It also won’t work for some residential buildings where the USPS has not yet identified every unit.

To check if Informed Delivery is available in your area, go to the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery page.

1. Faucet Free registration.

2. Enter your postal address and confirm that it will work with the service; then accept the terms and conditions and press Continue.

3. On the next page, choose a username, password, and security questions. Enter your contact information and press Continue.

4. On the next page, you will need to verify your identity. Faucet Verify identity online if you want to receive a verification code on your phone or press Request the invitation code by email if you want the USPS to mail you a code. You may also have the option of visiting a post office to verify your identity in person.

For more details, here eight reasons why your tax refund might be late. Also, here how to register on the IRS website without taking a video selfie.

Federal government’s use of immigrant tracking technology sparks lawsuit https://paydayloansvmr.com/federal-governments-use-of-immigrant-tracking-technology-sparks-lawsuit/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://paydayloansvmr.com/federal-governments-use-of-immigrant-tracking-technology-sparks-lawsuit/

MAccording to federal data released on April 14, more than 216,000 people with cases pending in US immigration courts have been placed in a federal government tracking program. Since President Joe Biden took office, the number of immigrants in the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program has more than doubled, reflecting the administration’s embrace of new surveillance technology as a tool to curb addiction. government-funded detention centers.

While immigrant advocates have long called on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reduce or end the use of immigration detention centers, they say the ATD program raises a new series concerns about the privacy and civil rights of immigrants. On April 14, three immigrant advocacy organizations – Just Futures Law, Mijente and Community Justice Exchange – filed a lawsuit against ICE, calling on the agency to provide information showing what data is collected on individuals in the ATD program, and how this data is used, either by the government or by the for-profit entrepreneurs who exploit the technology.

“Police and law enforcement in immigrant communities has evolved in recent years to become increasingly reliant on technology and data companies,” says Jacinta Gonzalez, senior campaign manager at Mijente. . “ICE will call it an ‘alternative to detention’ even though we know it’s really kind of an extension of the detention system.”

In the days after Biden took office, 86,860 people were monitored through ATD. On April 9, that number was 216,450. About 75% of people enrolled in the program are supervised through an app called SmartLINK, which uses facial and voice recognition and GPS tracking. SmartLINK was developed by BI Incorporated, a subsidiary of GEO Group, the largest private prison corporation in the United States. ICE started using SmartLINK in 2018, during the Trump administration. The Biden administration has dramatically increased usage of the app, according to an analysis of the data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research organization at Syracuse University.

While the number of immigrants monitored under the ATD has increased, the number in ICE detention centers has decreased. But it’s not a direct correlation, says Austin Kocher, assistant professor and researcher at TRAC. The number of immigrants in ATD has increased, while the number of people in immigration detention centers has fluctuated, he says. “[ATD] is more a mechanism of [ICE] to expand their ability to monitor immigrants who are in the country,” says Kocher. “So we don’t necessarily expect the number of detentions to go down just because the alternatives to detention are increasing.” Since the start of the Biden administration, the number of immigrants in ICE detention centers has fluctuated between a high of 27,217 and a low of 13,258. It is currently over 18,000.

An ICE spokesperson would not comment on the new litigation and issued a statement saying a “no comment should not be construed as agreement or stipulation to any allegation.” The spokesperson added that the agency is committed to protecting the privacy rights and civil rights and liberties of individuals participating in the ATD program. GEO Group declined to comment on the case regarding ATD or SmartLINK and referred TIME to ICE.

What is ICE’s Alternative to Detention Program?

The record number of people currently enrolled in the ATD represents only a relatively small portion of the millions of immigrants who are not detained by ICE. As of August 2020, more than 3.3 million people were on ICE’s non-detained roll. This number includes asylum seekers, those who have received a deportation order and those who have a case pending in US immigration court.

Yet the rapid expansion of the ATD program is causing immigrant communities and advocates to sound the alarm. The program allows the government to track immigrants with a variety of different technologies, including ankle monitors with GPS tracking, “telephone reports” or using the SmartLINK app, which is either installed on a personal smartphone or installed on a locked device. ICE first used SmartLINK in 2004 to track a small subset of undocumented immigrants who were not in detention.

Sejal Zota, co-founder and legal director of Just Futures Law, calls the program a “digital prison”. She says immigrants monitored under the ATD are asked to follow different and sometimes inconsistent protocols. Some immigrants have to answer their phone every time they receive a call on the SmartLINK app. Others must send photos of themselves indicating their location. And others need to check in periodically with a SmartLINK agent and an ICE agent, she says. This costs ATD immigrants an average of $7.29 a day, according to ICE.

“It was described as constant harassment. People feel like criminals, they feel like they’ve been convicted,” Zota says.

Immigrants who are in detention or in the ATD program are awaiting civil proceedings; they are not in the criminal justice system. They do not serve time after being convicted of a crime. According to TRAC data, almost 70% of immigrants currently detained by ICE do not have a criminal record. It is not known how many people in ATD do not have a criminal record either.

“[ATD] does not replace detention, but allows ICE to exercise increased surveillance over a portion of those who are not detained,” according to the ICE website. SmartLINK can also connect immigrants with community services like food banks, according to ICE.

For immigrant advocates who have sued ICE, the biggest issue is how immigrant data is collected and used by the for-profit GEO Group. “[GEO Group is] trying to find ways to pivot to continue to benefit from the detention and deportation system,” Gonzalez tells Mijente. “So we’re going to continue to be part of this lawsuit until we can get some basic information to understand how people’s most personal data, their biometric information, is being used by private companies and the government right now. .”

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Write to Jasmine Aguilera at jasmine.aguilera@time.com.