TAX SOLUTIONS: Injured Spouse Tax Relief

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

Your spouse owes outstanding federal or state debt.  You are not responsible for your spouse’s debts.  If you file joint taxes with your spouse, the tax refund will be garnished and used to pay the outstanding debt.  The outstanding debt can be back IRS taxes, back state or city taxes, back child support, unpaid student loans, or any other unpaid federal obligations.  You have two options to stop your refund from being garnished.


 The 100-year old Black fraternity’s initiative commemorates American scientist, botanist, and inventor, George Washington Carver to promote Conservation of North American Wildlife and their Habitats. —

Phi Beta Sigma and US Fish Wildlife 
FWS and Sigma sign partnership agreement. (Back – left to right) Sigma Deputy Director Steve Ballard, Sigma Beta Club Foundation President and Past International President Arthur Thomas, Sigma Executive Director Darryl Anderson, Sigma Partner Liaison Kevin Davis, and Sigma International Director of Education Jean B. Lamothe; (Seated – left to right) Phi Beta Sigma International President Jonathan A. Mason and FWS Director Dan Ashe. 
Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann, Department of Interior

Lansing Community College Coach Mike Ingram Celebrates his 500th Win

 Coach Mike Ingram is a graduate of Lansing Community College and Central Michigan University. He was an All-American player at Lansing Community College and competed 

for two years at Central Michigan University after a stand-out high school career in Jackson, MI.
Courtesy photo

Secretary of State Kicks Off “Wrap-Around” Statewide


 Experts were on hand at a recent community event to speak about topics from drivers licenses to voting.  Photo by Rick Garcia Volvo Drive-E powertrains

  By Frank S. Washington

LAS VEGAS, NV – If Volvo had not built up a certain amount of capital in the market and within the automotive press, it would have been written off as dead a few years ago.

TAX SOLUTIONS: Dreadful Tax Bill


By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

You’re expecting a large tax bill.  You are afraid of the big bad IRS.  The IRS will take your car in the middle of the night.  The IRS will possess your home and leave you with no place to live.  The IRS will wipe out your bank account and garnish your wages.  The IRS will make it impossible for you to earn a living.  How does the IRS expect you to pay the taxes owed if you can’t earn a living?  

Michigan Business: “Hats” Off to Stormy Kromer Caretaker


















By Rick Garcia


Without a doubt this will be one of the harshest winter on record.  Bob Jacquart, CEO  of Jacquart Fabric Products, maker of Stormy Kromer wear. He is standing in front of one of the many collages at the factory. Photo by Rick Garcia

Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Has Promise

There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?”  – President Obama, July 19, 2013

By David Muhammad
Recently, at the White House, President Obama will formally launch his promising new initiative to effectuate meaningful change in the Black community, something I had hoped for since that first euphoric moment when I learned that a Black man had been elected President of the United States.

Your Other 8 Hours: 6 strategies to cut your income tax after a windfall


By Robert Pagliarini, 

Tribune Media Services

The money you receive from sudden wealth — whether through a lawsuit settlement, business sale, entertainment or sports contract, or stock options — can suddenly be gone if you don’t manage federal and state income taxes.

Social Security disability benefits

  By Vonda VanTil

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
We celebrate Black History Month, President’s Day and Valentine’s Day  during the month of February .  Also February 2-8, 2014 was also celebrated as Chicano History Week in the state of Michigan.  With all of these celebrations there are also awareness campaigns regarding Social Security benefits.