DEBT COLLECTION HARASSMENT: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

by Ed van Vianen, Fitzgibbons Law Offices This article looks at your rights in dealing with debt collectors who are willing to say anything – true or not – to get you to part with your money. To protect the public, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits collectors from engaging in abusive and … Read More…

CREATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT ARIZONA

I’m pleased to share the Access Arizona space this month with Suzanne Pfister, President and CEO of Vitalyst Health Foundation. The Foundation’s 2017 Healthy Communities Initiative is a statewide and local collaboration that appropriately aligns to this health and wellness edition. Suzanne provides insights for us in the Golden Corridor to consider for action.   … Read More…

SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

Advances in home safety gain popularity among older adults Keyless entry, smart smoke detectors, wireless doorbell cameras and other technological safety improvements are gaining popularity among adults who are 50 years of age or older. This was a recent finding based on research from the MIT AgeLab in cooperation with The Hartford. According to researchers, … Read More…

ARIZONA’S $21 BILLION TOURISM INDUSTRY

by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Tourism is a $21 billion industry in Arizona, generating $2.9 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue in our state. Each year, National Travel and Tourism Week is celebrated in May – recognizing what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. … Read More…

A YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Pinal County Economic Development Manager Recognized by Peers by Joe Pyritz, Public Information Officer In a year that saw Pinal County jump to the forefront of economic development opportunity in Arizona, a statewide group has recognized one of the architects of the county’s success. Economic Development Manager Tim Kanavel, became the first-ever two-time recipient of the Economic Development … Read More…

TAX ELECTIONS FOR SPOUSES WHO OWN A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

by Tina Vannucci, Fitzgibbons Law Offices When it comes to taxation, a single-member LLC is considered a “disregarded” entity that, by default, is generally taxed as a sole proprietorship. In most cases, the member of a single-member LLC simply reports the LLC’s profits or losses on their personal tax return, and the LLC does not … Read More…

FOOTHILLS BANK BRINGS ENHANCED OFFERINGS TO COMMUNITY

by Shea Nieto, CCIM, Regional President Foothills Bank has been serving Pinal County residents and businesses since 2011. Founded in Yuma, Arizona since our formation in 1997, we have steadily increased our presence throughout the state over the past 19+ years, particularly in our primary markets of Yuma, Prescott and Casa Grande. As previously announced, … Read More…

GIVING STARTS AT HOME

by Richard O’Neil, CPA, O’Neil & Steiner, PLLC Our community is blessed to have many people with a heart inclined toward giving. For those incredible people, here are a few ideas to get the most benefit from your generosity come tax time. All of these ideas have significant limitations and restrictions, so be sure to speak … Read More…