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Indiana Department of Revenue Upgrades INtax Portal

The Indiana Department of Revenue has updated its INtax program to create a more user-friendly platform and streamlined filing process. INtax was created in 2005 with the goal of helping Indiana businesses file taxes easily and transparently. Starting in 2013, Indiana required all businesses to file and pay sales and withholding taxes electronically via the INtax program. INtax allows businesses to access their tax records 24/7, as well as file and pay businesses taxes right up to the due date deadline. According to the Indiana Department of Revenue, over 300,000 Indiana businesses are registered on INtax and the state has... View Article

Back to School Means Using Caution in School Zones

Schools are back in session in Indiana, and that means that students are out in full force, traveling from home to school and back again. Crossing guards monitor only very few school crossings; there is a shortage of volunteers and a shortage of funds to pay for crossing guards. State and local police officers do make an effort to be out and about during the times when most students are traveling. Most school zones are unmonitored, unless a local law enforcement officer has time to patrol during the peak hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. to... View Article

Social Security Disability and Good Use of Your Hands

The Social Security Administration asks first are you working.  If you are not the SSA asks can you still perform the job you used to perform.  If the answer is no then the SSA asks what physical activity your body can still do despite its disability.  If your body restricts you to sedentary work (sitting most of the time, some walking and standing and lifting less than 10 pounds on a regular basis) the SSA will ask if you have any transferable skills that will transfer from your previous work to a different kind of work where you have to... View Article

What to Expect When You’re ‘ACCEPT’ing

You download a new app or begin to register for a new website. You input your personal information and preferences, often with the assurance that the protection of your privacy is a core value of said company or brand. Then you come to the Terms and Conditions screen. If you are anything like many people, you scroll down hurriedly to find the Accept button and keep the process moving. But what have you just accepted? More often than not you have accepted that the entity you have given your information to now has the right to monitor your user habits... View Article

Accidents and Paralysis

The scariest moment of a person’s life has to be when they are in an accident, whether it is a car accident, a drunk driving accident, a semi tractor-trailer accident, construction accident, or any other type of injury accident, and they realize that they cannot feel or move their legs, or arms or any part of their body.  This kind of injury can be devastating to a family.  The good news is that advances in medicine are making the lives of paralysis patients ever more livabale and rewarding.  New techniques and medicines are being developed to help reduce and minimize... View Article

Is all Square in your small business?

The Square credit card reader has become a familiar scene at your local coffee shop, boutique, or lunch-counter stop as the cash registers of old have been replaced by digital tablets and smartphones. Square was created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey in 2009. Since that time, the company has consistently increased its share of the merchant services and mobile payment processing market. However, because it does not charge monthly user fees but charges only a flat fee per swipe, the company has focused on additional services it might offer in order to increase its overall profit margins: enter Square Capital.... View Article

In a Social Security Claim, what does ADL Mean

In the world of Social Security Disability, the letters ADL stand for Activities of Daily Living.  These are the activities that all able bodied individuals perform each day as part of everyday living.  The list can be exhaustive, but generally activities of daily living divide into activities specific to the hygiene of the individual and activities specific to the maintenance of the household.  So by way of example brushing your teeth, bathing, dressing, combing your hair, etc are specific to personal hygiene.  On the other hand, activities specific to the maintenance of the home include vacuuming, dusting, cooking, laundry, cutting... View Article

Getting Your Medical Bills Paid While You Get Well

Insurance companies love it when an injured person does not have health insurance. Why?… you ask.. well then they know that you can not afford to get the proper medical treatment for your  injuries and will be pressured to accept less than full value for your damages. If you do not have health insurance then check to see if you are considered at work when you were injured (e.g. a delivery man driving to deliver gets hit by a driver at fault). If so then worker compensation should pay for your related medical bills and allow you to get the... View Article

Social Security Disability and the Ability to Ambulate Effectively

What the heck does ambulate effectively mean and why should it matter to a person filing a claim with the Social Security Administration for Disability Benefits? Let’s start with the second question first. The ability to walk is essential to almost every job.  It certainly is essential for most trades.  The Social Security Administration classifies jobs by how much physical ability is necessary to do the job.  The classification that requires the least amount of physical activity is called a sedentary job.  A sedentary job calls for the worker to sit for most of the work day.  Even so, a... View Article

Indiana Megabus Accident Injuries

A recent Indiana Megabus accident on southbound I-65, near Edinburgh, again points out some of the risks taken when you are on public transportation. Passengers on common carriers, like the Megabus, airplanes, taxis and other modes of group transport are unavoidably exposed to certain risks. When you are not in control of a vehicle, there is little you can personally do to avoid accidents, seen or unseen. You depend on the driver, captain or other person in charge to take reasonable care to transport passengers safely. Personal Injury – Bus Accidents Every year, about 20,000 people are injured in bus... View Article

What Does Wrongful Death Mean?

If you are reading this because you have lost a loved one or a friend because of the negligence of another, I am sorry. I hope you find some measure of peace in the fond memories and love of the one you lost. Originally, if a person died as a result of personal injuries caused by another person, there was not right of recourse for the family suffering the loss.  The hardship this forced on families was eventually seen as unfair.  The legislature decided to change the law by creating a statute that gave families who suffered a death as... View Article

Truckers Resist Rules on Sleep, Despite Risks of Drowsy Driving

Truckers and the trucking industry have a keen interest in newer U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules regarding a common problem of roadway safety – drowsy driving. For both of these groups, money is a core concern, but for the public, safety is the number one issue. Driver Fatigue and Fatal Crashes It is estimated that between one seventh and one third of all semi-truck crashes are related to driver fatigue, falling asleep while driving or drowsy driving. A recent (June 2014) collision involving comedian Tracy Morgan resulted in injury to him and death to... View Article