... helping organizations like Alachua Conservation Trust is the right thing to do. And when our business can help itself while helping others, well, that’s icing on the cake.
Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) March 02, 2012
Harris Diaz LLC dba EQUITAX Property Tax Advisors HD announced today its new charitable giving initiative and cited trends it sees in nonprofit organizations. “This quarter we are donating a portion of our profits to the Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT),” reports David Walle, Senior Property Tax Advisor with EQUITAX Property Tax Advisors in Gainesville, Florida. ACT is a nonprofit land trust that works with landowners to protect natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida. “Chipping in and helping organizations like Alachua Conservation Trust is the right thing to do. And when our business can help itself while helping others, well, that’s icing on the cake.” Mr. Walle, whose business evaluates and challenges real estate property taxes on behalf of taxpayers, encourages other businesses to consider such an approach to charitable giving. “Supporting worthwhile nonprofits while promoting your business is a win-win for both parties,” says Walle.
Like their for-profit counterparts, charitable organizations have been hit hard by economic conditions. But Harris Diaz LLC dba EQUITAX Property Tax Advisors HD has noticed trends in unexpected help to organizations assisting the community and its quality of life.
Congress has taken a yet more aggressive posture in encouraging the hiring of military veterans by nonprofits. The recently amended Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) expands existing incentives to hire qualified veterans. “Tax exempt organizations who hire veterans may receive as much as $6,240 per veteran in credit against the employer’s share of social security tax,” says Linda S. Harding, CPA and Director of Tax for CPAmerica International. “While volunteers play an important part of so many nonprofits, hiring veterans can result in an increased tax credit. And that’s money in the bank.” Harding urges nonprofits to consult with a CPA for details.
And job seekers who may have little money to part with are helping nonprofits while benefiting themselves. “Committing as little as a few hours of work each week maintains a sense of purpose when they volunteer. The unemployed fulfil a need to interact with others and keep gaps in their employment record to a minimum, all while making themselves useful,” says Dr. Lew Fabrick, an expert in comprehensive counseling and human behavior. “Even though things have been especially tough in recent years, employers do not like seeing extended gaps on your résumé. A verifiable source confirming you have been regularly active may help when considered for employment.”
Mr. Walle observes these trends saying,"These are the silver linings I need to look for in stormy economic clouds. It seems that hard economic times gives all of us a chance to ask ourselves what's really important in life.