BBB BREAKING NEWS ALERT–IRS Fraud Hitting Area Hard!

Please read the following message from the Better Business Bureau regarding fruadulent IRS calls:

IRS does not call! On this Veteran’s Day the BBB phones have been ringing off the hook with consumers who have received threatening calls “from the IRS!” The robocalls leave a 202-area code (fake) to call back. Consumers who return the call get an angry, abusive “IRS agent” who tells them that they owe thousands of dollars to IRS and that they will be prosecuted or arrested if they don’t send money immediately. Victims are asked for credit or debit card numbers or told to buy a “green dot” card at the drugstore which can send thousands of dollars to these crooks. IRS estimates that millions of dollars have been stolen from consumers by overseas thieves using these scare tactics.

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

*** If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
*** If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.

The IRS says: “These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”

New Round of Workforce Training Money Available

Contact your county Economic Devevelopment Director for assistance:
Van Wert County -Sarah Smith at sksmith@vanwertcounty.org (419-238-2999)
Allen County -Jeff Sprague at spraguej@aedg.org or Eric Davis at davise@aedg.org (419-222-7706)

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For additional assistance, contact
Shannon Vanderpool at 614-644-8560 or Shannon.Vanderpool@development.ohio.gov, Jennifer Spohr at 614-466-4184 or Jennifer.Spohr@development.ohio.gov,
or Julia Hinten at 614-728-4878 or Julia.Hinten@development.ohio.gov.

 

BWC awards Ohio more than $9.4 million in safety rebates

Employers rewarded for commitment to safer workplaces 

COLUMBUS – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced thousands of Ohio employers are receiving more than $9.4 million in savings for their participation in one of 78 safety councils sponsored by BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene. Safety Councils are organized across the state by local businesses to inform participants of new safety standards and regulations, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education.

“Safety Councils are outstanding partners in BWC’s efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety,” said Buehrer. “We are pleased to award these employers that work hard to instill safety in their workplaces because they understand prevention is the single most important feature of an effective workplace safety program that keeps their workers safe on the job.”

Employers can earn a two-percent premium rebate for participating in a safety council, and an additional two-percent performance bonus for reducing either frequency or severity of workplace accidents by 10-percent, or with maintenance at zero. More than $5 million was awarded to 1,900 employers for their participation in a safety council in Fiscal Year 2013, and 2,600 employers received more than $4 million in performance bonuses.

Ohio employers can learn more about safety councils at bwc.ohio.gov.  The councils are only one of many safety-focused services provided by BWC. To learn more about training, on-site consulting and other programs included as part of company’s workers’ compensation premiums, visit the safety section of bwc.ohio.gov.

Online Training to Meet New Hazard Communication Training Requirement

BWC is pleased to announce a “just-in-time” new online training to meet
OSHA’s Hazard Communication 2012 GHS training requirement.
BWC used the course for its own employee training and adapted it for external employers.
OSHA’s deadline for this training is December 1.

 Below is the flyer detailing learning outcomes and
the enrollment steps to take this simple and easy 30 minute HazCom 2012 Basics training.

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Anthem Early Renewal Option

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ANTHEM EARLY RENEWAL OPTION!

EARLY RENEWAL for Anthem Small Groups (2 to 50 employees) is AVAILABLE THROUGH OCTOBER 18th.  Small Groups offering a small group Anthem insurance product should take a few minutes to review this very helpful video that might be a good option for them.  Any group considering an early renewal should check with their broker or Anthem to be sure it will be beneficial for them.

Click below to view this presentation:

Early Renewal Presentation_10.13

If you can’t view the image above, copy and paste this URL into your browser:
http://www.brainshark.com/usi/vu?pi=zGGzlIjCAzCBPDz0&intk=408450107

OHIO CONTINUES TO ATTRACT JOBS

Companies to Create 1,215 Jobs and Retain 1,047 Jobs Statewide
July 29, 2013

COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich today announced the approval of assistance for 10 projects set to create more than 1,200 jobs and retain 1,047 jobs statewide. During the Ohio Tax Credit Authority’s (TCA) monthly meeting, it reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Together the projects are expected to result in more than $53 million in new payroll and $92 million in investment across Ohio.

Projects approved by the TCA include:

Exel Direct, Inc. (Location TBD) expects to create 95 full-time positions, generating $5.8 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $3.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s new project at a to-be-determined project location. Exel Direct provides full service logistics solutions and specializes in delivering large items for retailers and distributors. The TCA approved a 50 percent, seven-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

CENTRAL OHIO
Avnet, Inc. and Approved Affiliates, Village of Obetz (Franklin Co.) expects to create 300 full-time positions, generating $11.3 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $12.5 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s consolidation project in the Village of Obetz (Franklin Co.). Avnet is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. The TCA approved a 70 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

FCX Performance, Inc., City of Columbus (Franklin Co.) expects to create 19 full-time positions generating $860,080 in additional annual payroll and retaining $4.6 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Columbus (Franklin Co.). FCX Performance provides process flow control solutions and products to a variety of process industries. The TCA approved a 35 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

lululemon athletica, Inc., City of Columbus (Franklin Co.) expects to create 170 full-time positions, generating $6 million in additional annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in the City of Columbus (Franklin Co.). lululemon sells high-end athletic clothing, specifically for yoga and running. The TCA approved a 55 percent, 10-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Pillar Technology Group LLC, City of Columbus (Franklin Co.) expects to create 40 full-time positions, generating $3 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $3.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Columbus (Franklin Co.). Pillar Technology Group is a software development and strategic business consulting company that creates software solutions. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

SOUTHEAST OHIO
SAEC/Kinetic Vision Inc., Village of Evendale (Hamilton Co.) expects to create 30 full-time positions, generating $1.4 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $2.6 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Evendale (Hamilton Co.). Kinetic Vision provides full-service product development, including concept ideation and industrial design, prototype development, product design and engineering, custom software development, reverse engineering, product visual communication and digital media creation. The TCA approved a 40 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.
ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America Inc., City of Hamilton (Butler Co.) expects to create 100 full-time positions, generating $2.9 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $12.3 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Hamilton (Butler Co.). ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America supplies damping and suspension products. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

NORTHEAST OHIO
Constant Aviation, LLC, City of Cleveland (Cuyahoga Co.) expects to create 300 full-time positions, generating $13.8 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $8.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Cleveland (Cuyahoga Co.). Constant Aviation specializes in airframe maintenance, engine repair maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interior refurbishment and modification, parts distribution, and accessory and composite services. The TCA approved a 60 percent, seven-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

NORTHWEST OHIO
Jacobson Mfg – Tiffin LLC, City of Tiffin (Seneca Co.) expects to create 21 full-time positions, generating $698,880 in additional annual payroll and retaining $1.5 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Tiffin (Seneca Co.). Jacobson Mfg – Tiffin is a manufacturer who primary process is cold forming. The TCA approved a 35 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

WESTERN OHIO
Pratt (Lewisburg Container), LLC, Village of Lewisburg (Preble Co.) expects to create 140 full-time positions, generating $8 million in additional annual payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Lewisburg (Preble Co.). Pratt manufactures and sells 100 percent recycled boxes and packaging materials. The TCA approved a 65 percent, 10-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

-from the Communication Department of Governor John R. Kasich