BBB: Tax preparation during a government shutdown: Where do you turn?

first_img Previous article011119_SandHills_10 file photoNext article011119_SandHills_04 Digital AIM Web Support BBB: Tax preparation during a government shutdown: Where do you turn? Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Heather Massey is the Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in the Permian Basin. Check out www.bbb.org or call 563-1880. Jan. 28 is quickly approaching, and you may want to mark your calendars, because that’s the first day you can file for your 2018 tax returns. But, could the current partial government shutdown throw a wrench in your plans? It just might.You may not be able to reach IRS employees with your tax-related questions or if you need information verified, for example, when it comes to securing a loan, you might run into some problems getting ahold of someone. While you may not get answers from IRS representatives, you shouldn’t wait to pay your taxes. They still need to be done on time!Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a nonprofit organization, not a government agency. So, we are here to help get you on the right track! Of course, the first step is finding a tax preparer you can trust. Last year, BBB received nearly 3,000 complaints about tax-related services, slightly up from 2017. The most common complaints allege the tax preparer made errors resulting in fines and fees. Other complaints mentioned contract and billing issues, while some customer reviews related to bad customer service.BBB has the following tips if you’re in the market for a trustworthy tax preparer:Research at bbb.org: Visit BBB.org for a list of trustworthy tax preparation services. Review their complaint history and customer reviews to make sure they’re a service you want to work with.Check credentials: Ideally, your tax preparer should either be a certified public accountant, tax attorney or enrolled agent. All three can represent you before the IRS in all matters, including audits.Beware of BIG promises: Be cautious around tax preparers promising larger refunds than the competition. Avoid any tax preparer who bases their fee on a percentage of your refund.Consider accessibility: Some tax preparation services only set up shop for the months leading up to April 15th. Beware of those temporary shops, because if the IRS finds errors and you get audited, you will need to be able to contact your preparer at any moment during the year.Read the contract: Make sure to read the tax preparation service contracts closely to ensure you understand issues such as cost for the service, how the cost will be affected if preparation is more complicated or time consuming than expected, and whether the tax preparer will represent you in the case of an audit.For more information on finding a tax preparer you can trust, visit bbb.org.If you come across this scam, report it to local authorities and bbb.org/scamtracker. Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Local News WhatsApp TAGS  last_img read more

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The AI Infrastructure Alliance Launches With 25 Members to Create the Canonical Stack for…

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 The AI Infrastructure Alliance Launches With 25 Members to Create the Canonical Stack for Artificial Intelligence Projects Twitter Local NewsBusiness Previous articleDevelopment of Leading IC Brands in Smart Vehicle Applications, 2021 Report – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleAptar Named One of Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the U.S. for the Third Consecutive Year Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img TAGS  Facebook SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– Today, the AI Infrastructure Alliance (AIIA), a non-profit organization with 25 global members officially launched with the mission to create a robust collaboration environment for companies and communities in the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) space. This global Alliance brings together top technologists across the AI spectrum and includes a wide range of member companies. Together, these companies and communities provide a glimpse into the future where AI creates real value for everyday businesses and not just big tech powerhouses. Partnerships in the Alliance will help create a Canonical Stack for AI, by driving strong engineering standards and creating seamless integration points between various layers of the AI infrastructure ecosystem. Canonical means “a set of rules, standards and principles by which something is judged,” and a Canonical Stack (CS) for AI will set the standard for how enterprises develop and design machine learning models at scale. It will let data scientists and data engineers move up the stack to solve more complex, higher order problems, instead of reinventing the wheel on every data science project. The AI and ML space currently lacks a standard set of tools and solutions, blocking data science teams from sharing their work and collaborating across the world. Rather, there is wild proliferation of proprietary, cloud lock-in solutions that benefit individual companies, but not the data scientists and engineers building the AI applications of today and tomorrow. The Alliance came together to help those data science teams break out of lock-in so they can build on top of a standardized, open platform that works across all of their environments. “Time and again, I’ve seen development teams get excited about the potential of AI to transform their business and applications, only for them to get stopped dead in their tracks by a fragmented and confusing array of technologies with little to no integration,” said Dan Jefferies, Director of the AIIA. “Despite a massive surge of partial solutions, no single tool exists that lets teams leverage the true power and potential of AI. The AI Infrastructure Alliance will help create clarity in this confusing space by building a cohesive framework and bringing together leaders and innovators to help set the standard for how data science teams build models now, and into the future.” The AI Infrastructure Alliance provides a range of benefits to member companies including opportunity to:LEARN – Individual data scientists and data engineers get together in the real world and the digital world to connect, network, learn, share, and find jobs and collaboration partners.CREATE – AI infrastructure software creators will work with other vendors to define engineering standards and drive adoption for their tools.INTEGRATE – Solutions Integrators will help enterprises incorporate AI/ML into businesses and products.ADOPT – Engineering and C-suite leaders will receive guidance and support as they look to make platform and tooling decisions for their teams.NETWORK – Thought leaders, VCs, industry analysts and others can keep up to date with the latest industry trends, discover best practices, network and exchange information with their peers. “Creating a place for top AI companies to work together will speed development of the infrastructure that businesses really need to make the promise of AI a reality,” said Joey Zwicker, Co-Founder of Pachyderm, a founding member of the AIIA. “As the Canonical Stack comes together, it will vastly reduce time to value for any company, in any industry, that’s leveraging AI across their business.” Core founding members include Pachyderm, Seldon, Determined AI, Algorithmia, Tecton, ClearML by Allegro AI, Neu.ro, ZenML by Maiot, DAGsHub, TerminusDB, WhyLabs, YData, Superb AI, Valohai, Superwise.ai, cnvrg.io, Arize AI, CometML, Iguazio, UbiOps, and Fiddler. These companies have raised over $200M in collective venture capital funding from top firms including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, GV, Benchmark, NorWest Venture Partners, Madrona Venture Group and Gradient Ventures. About the Artificial Intelligence Infrastructure Alliance The Artificial Intelligence Infrastructure Alliance (AIIA) is a consortium of leading artificial intelligence startups with a mission to help every company realize the infinite potential of AI. Formed in February 2021, the Alliance is focused on tying together the complex web of existing AI technologies into a single Canonical Stack, providing the infrastructure on which any company—from tiny startups to global enterprises—can run impactful AI projects. Founding members include Pachyderm, Seldon, Determined AI, Algorithmia, Tecton, ClearML by Allegro AI, Neu.ro, ZenML by Maiot, DAGsHub, TerminusDB, WhyLabs, YData, Superb AI, Valohai, Superwise.ai, cnvrg.io, Arize AI, CometML, Iguazio, UbiOps, and Fiddler. To learn more about the AIIA or to become a member, visit https://ai-infrastructure.org/. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005859/en/ CONTACT: Dave Donohue [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Artificial Intelligence Infrastructure Alliance Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 12:42 PM/DISC: 02/24/2021 12:42 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005859/en Twitter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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