Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Automated Income Tax Filing


To facilitate income tax processes, tax payers should have the option to have their income taxes automatically processed each year after initially registering for the service and providing all relevant information, i.e. demographic information, filing status, etc., on the Internal Revenue Service’s website, noting that the Internal Revenue Service should enable/allow income tax filing on its website...

Automated income tax filings would be processed after employers electronically send employees’ W2s to the Internal Revenue Service and/or their selected income tax preparation company. The IRS website and/or those of selected income tax preparation companies would process filings by automatically abstracting information from W2s and populating the applications with all requested information...

Employers could simultaneously mail W2s to employees in either electronic and/or paper form, or, in lieu of W2 forms, companies could mail employees a Statement of Filing, which would include a yearly earnings summary and/or all information provided in the W2, acknowledging that the employer or previous employer has electronically submitted exhibited information to the Internal Revenue Service...

Once automated income tax filings have been processed, a confirmation would be emailed to the tax payer for review and approval. Once approved, payments, if any, would be deposited into clients’ bank accounts and/or identified (presently held or requested) prepaid debit cards. 

Clients could elect to approve or edit their income tax filings, or they could elect an automated approval process that would either instantly approve a filing and/or refund once processed or that would automatically approve* a refund after a specified period of time without a response...

*It is ideal to start automated approval and deposits of refunds after a year in the prescribed program, or after processing of the first accurate and successful automated income tax filing/return or refund, and if there are no changes in essential information...

If any amounts are owed, clients would be capable of making payment arrangements via the IRS website and/or having specified installments deducted from their refunds and/or pay checks. If indebted* clients do not initiate payment arrangements, they would be subject to minimal default arrangements, i.e. $10.00 to $20.00 per paycheck or other income source...

*The term indebted here references tax debt; it could, however, include any and all other default debts that clients owe.

Clients who demonstrate financial hardship* would be capable of decreasing a minimal default arrangement, or the Internal Revenue Service could automatically make the adjustment based on any fluctuations in clients' earnings throughout the year, and when said fluctuations occur.

*If  it is determined that clients are not experiencing financial hardship a request to reduce a default minimal arrangement would be denied and/or clients might be required to pay more than the minimal default arrangement. Clients would, likewise, be capable of increasing a minimal default arrangement.   

Tax payers would be capable of editing or correcting errors after verifying their identity. The Internal Revenue Service and other tax preparation companies could create mobile and other apps for this purpose that enable review, approval, and/or editing via smartphones, tablets, etc. 

New hires could be enrolled into the automated income tax filing system during orientation processes and/or the Internal Revenue Service could enroll prospective applicants at local offices, optionally via provision of computer labs with published tutorials and human assistance.

Automated income tax filings should supersede traditional/manual income tax filing processes, and the Internal Revenue Service should mail notices to all tax payers regarding this change and regarding their need to officially register for the process.

Automated income tax filings would not only facilitate income tax filing processes, it would improve client safety and curtail identity theft and tax fraud. Tax evasion would be essentially impractical, and those who are in trouble with Uncle Sam would be reconciled...

The reporting of all other defaulted debts to the IRS, i.e. credit card debts, etc., owed by clients for the purpose of collection via automatic and affordable installments during income tax filing periods would help to get and keep clients out of all forms of debt, improve credit ratings, and avail financial privileges like lower or the very best interest rates on loans that would in many instances not have been obtainable at all...

Non-custodial parents who pay their child support should receive tax incentives; specifically, they should be eligible to receive or share earned income credit with custodial parents, and in proportion to the percentage of care that they have provided for their child(ren). 

There would be no need for concern about W2s being mailed to wrong addresses; if a company does not have a current address on an employee or previous employee, electronically submitting their W2 to the IRS would at least get them to the ultimate source that would likely have updated information for each individual.

Additionally, all persons would know that their W2s would be automatically sent to the Internal Revenue Service, and that they would only need to log in to their online IRS account to see them. Automated income tax filing would be a great way to make certain that everyone is paying taxes and/or receiving refunds who should be. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Tech Advancements Improve/Create Jobs

I’m a major advocate for technological advancement. Where technology can feasibly, intelligibly, and safely facilitate a process and eliminate a job it should. Isn’t it wonderful that commercial cotton pickers alleviated slaves of the exploitative task?! The issue has never been and won’t ever be a shortage of jobs.

It is more so the isms—racism, sexism, ageism, et cetera et cetera—that have always made employment or certain types of existent jobs less available to certain groups of people. This simply shouldn't be in the 21st century.  

Making education/training for skilled jobs more readily available to all persons* would ease fears of technological and other advancements that really improve work quality by making jobs less strenuous and/or tedious while increasing productivity.

*All persons include financially challenged individuals who earn or have too much income to qualify for Pell Grants and/or who can only acquire higher education or a portion of it via high interest student loans that it could take years to repay...          

Industries are moreover compelled to create or support creation of jobs, even while eliminating jobs due to technological improvements because the extent of their success is predicated upon the success of job markets.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Indeed.com and All Online Job Boards Should Have Messaging Centers

Indeed.com and all online job boards should have messaging centers via which account holders can readily view responses from their Indeed and/or other employment applications and via which messages from other employment recruiters can be readily seen. All online job boards should have a feature of the sort.

Another flaw in the Indeed website is the fact that its “My Jobs” feature does not record specific dates of employment applications submitted via Indeed; it rather tells simply the number of days ago that applications were submitted, which poses challenges for those wanting to attach specific dates to those applications when following up on them.

It is feasible to search for Indeed and other application confirmations via email accounts that are connected to Indeed and/or any other job boards by typing “Indeed.com” and/or the name of the relevant job board or specific company in the email search box and clicking “Search Mail.” This pulls up a listing of all emailed confirmations of applications that have been submitted via Indeed and/or any other job boards.

It is a really good idea, considering the current limitations on specifically the Indeed website, to manually document the specific date of each application utilizing “add note” and/or “edit note” in the “My Jobs” feature and clicking “Save.”

You’ll likely find during the process of perusing this listing that perhaps several applications that you’ve submitted have been amicably responded to several months or years ago and you simply didn’t realize it because they were missed or lost in multitudes of emails from varied sources in your general email account...

Incorporating messaging centers into Indeed.com and all online job boards would curtail need to search through general email accounts like Yahoo, etc. for information regarding employment applications and/or responses to them...

The Indeed and other job board messaging centers would contain only correspondence pertaining to employment applications submitted via each relevant job board, which would make those particular messages much more likely to be seen and prevent job seekers from missing out on great opportunities.

Friday, June 17, 2016

How to Create a Complete One-Page Resume Regardless of How Many Jobs You’ve Had

While visiting a DOL career center the other day, I received what is actually the very best advice ever about writing a resume, one that clarifies an issue that likely most people have with writing their resume; that issue is listing relevant employment history or jobs that pertain to their present employment interests, and exemplifying current/recent and perhaps irrelevant employment, and/or addressing employment gaps where some jobs are excluded for the sake of making their resume as brief as possible. The solution is to give a summary of relevant experience followed by a simple listing of current and/or previous employers with employment titles, dates, and location, no summary of job duties for each individual company. Click here to see examples in an informational packet that I recently obtained from the DOL career center I visited.

The following are examples of resumes that I created for myself utilizing this format: Click here to view my Office Professional/Business Writer resume, Click here to view my Writer resume, Click here to view my Hospitality-Event Services resume, and Click here to view my Receptionist resume.

Listing merely the job titles without a summary of job duties in the employment history section in this resume format actually and quite sufficiently summarizes most job duties.

Schools and government employers per se typically prefer fully detailed complete employment history, regardless of page length; most other employers prefer a single-page resume that emphasizes relevant work experience and accomplishments and how an applicant’s resourcefulness would specifically benefit their companies...

Needed Improvements to Jobs4TN.gov

If you reside in the state of Tennessee and you've utilized the Jobs4TN website, you are aware of some issues with the site that could possibly affect your employment prospects.One of the issues is the inability to give precise job titles for some jobs that you've worked.

For example, if you've worked for a staffing agency and performed a variety of different jobs, you cannot indicate that you were a temp. You must rather select a title that is closest to either of the jobs that you've performed with the agency from a list of given titles.

...Another issue is that after you've uploaded and perfected your initial resume you must delete newly populated and typically fragmented job descriptions for the same companies that are abstracted from newly uploaded resumes, or they'll all be saved and automatically selected for publication to prospective employers, who might possibly think you're an idiot when you cannot delete these duplicate entries if either or all of them is ever tied to an unemployment claim. If this happens, simply uncheck the publication boxes...

You can additionally contact the Department of Labor via the Jobs4TN site to request that duplicate entries tied to an unemployment claim be deleted, considering that they can and should maintain all elements of unemployment claims in different files or at a different locality on the Jobs4TN site.

Another issue is the fact that resumes expire so frequently, when really they should never expire. Account holders should receive emails periodically, however, asking if there has been a change in their employment status and/or if they should update their resumes and/or other account information...

How TANF-Sponsored Childcare Should Work

Lack of childcare is a major employment barrier for many workers and prospective hires, and child care services provided via programs like TANF are occasionally exhausted in extensive job searches because the time clock on TANF-sponsored child care continues to tick whether or not the services are being utilized once an applicant is approved; accordingly, by the time the applicant is employed and really in need of childcare, it is very limited or unavailable, a practice that should change. The time clock on TANF-sponsored childcare should stop when it is not being used (and those who have lost time in TANF-sponsored childcare programs when they were not utilizing it should receive credit for those periods of non-use) so that they can utilize the provisions when they need it most—when they are actually working—not when they are job searching...

Tanf-sponsored childcare should not be utilized for job searches—The Department of Human Services and/or partnering employment readiness agencies should have on-site childcare centers where clients can carry their children while they are participating in job counseling and conducting guided job searches, and TANF recipients could be delegated, on a rotational basis, to volunteer in the facilities...

The only exception to this should be if there is not enough space at a particular DHS facility and/or partnering employment readiness agency. Very likely, space can be cleared in existent facilities to create space for childcare centers, however.

If childcare centers cannot be incorporated into existent facilities, it would certainly be worth every cent to have the provisions built in, considering that it would save the government millions of dollars, and avail clients availability of childcare when they need it most and where it should really count...

How DHS and DOL Should Properly Address Employment Blacklisting

The Department of Labor (DOL) and The Department of Human Services (DHS) should address every issue that a client could be dealing with—including employment blacklisting—that hampers their ability to find and sustain earnest and safe employment. The clients should not be in it alone.

The Department of Human Services and the Department of Labor should certainly never participate in sanctioning or endorse reprisals against clients. In situations where clients are being blacklisted, DHS and DOL should investigate all of the details by taking statements from clients and conducting investigations that include contacting previous employers of clients and getting employment references; the agencies should also have the lawful authority to request and acquire clients’ complete HR files, which should include any written warnings or reprimands, and all of their employment evaluations, which should have been signed by the client and include any client comments. This would help to form a more objective perspective of blacklisted employees. 

Focus Groups with Clients

Once DOL and DHS representatives have completed their investigations, they should share vital information that their clients should know or any pointers that they should improve upon, i.e. time management, grooming, conflict resolution, etc., and, if deemed appropriate, recommend that they participate in courses that both DOL and DHS employment readiness agencies should offer addressing these issues…

Focus Groups with Previous Employers, etc. Who Harm Clients’ Employment Prospects

Whenever DHS and DOL investigations reveal that clients are being slandered or that previous employers are communicating inappropriate information to prospective employers, and that this is the underlying reason why the clients are not landing employment, DHS and DOL should intervene on behalf of the client by conducting focus groups with the previous employer, explaining the law and how their behavior infringes it and is injurious to not only the client, but to the government, which foots the bill when clients resort to public services. They should further discuss how employment blacklisting is bad for business, theoretically and literally, considering that consumer markets perform in proportion to the number of people who are employed and spending money.

...If it’s a situation where a company or representatives are obsessed with and/or are trying to force a client to resume employment with them against their wishes, particularly when the employee might have resigned due to harassment, DOL and DHS representatives should explain the client’s rights, that if the company does not have a contractual employment relationship with the individual they cannot lawfully hold them in professional bondage…

In situations where managers or general employees of companies are shown to have committed or are committing heinous acts, including hiring contract killers or providing incentives to clients’ health care providers or pharmacists, or others to murder or torture them or close members of their families or their friends or other acquaintances, DHS and DOL should involve relevant law enforcement authorities and offer other forms of reasonable protections to clients…    

Clients should not have to take legal actions if their rights are found to have been violated in any way because DOL and DHS interventions, which would serve as warnings to found violators, should prove effective. Clients wouldn’t necessarily have to know all of the details of said investigations. They should only feel the difference in how they are treated by employment prospects and upon re-entry into the workforce…