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GSA Regional 10 Industry Day - Operations & Maintenance

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Registration Deadline: 10/25/2017 8:00 AM (PDT)
Fee: NONE
Location: GSA Regional Office - 400 15th Street SW, Auburn, WA 98001

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Parking is FREE.

The General Services Administration Regional Office in Auburn, invites you to an industry day to showcase GSA's Public Buildings Service's 2018 Operations & Maintenance (O&M) projected contracts. This is a unique opportunity to:
  • Meet acquisition team members from the GSA Public Buildings Services
  • Learn about forecasted projects at Federal buildings in Seattle, Seattle's eastside, Border Stations on the northern Washington border, Auburn, US Courts in Seattle & Tacoma, and other federal buildings in and around Portland, OR.
  • Provide feedback to the acquisition team.

Attendees will be required to check-in with security upon entering the facility. Please have your ID ready and allow time for this process. The program will begin promptly at 9am.

In case you are unfamiliar with GSA's O&M contracts, the duties include:
  • The Contractor shall provide the management, administrative, supervision, labor, sub-contractors, materials, supplies and equipment (except as otherwise provided), and shall plan, schedule, coordinate, and assure effective completion of Preventive Maintenance services, repair of building operating equipment and systems as described any resultant contract.
  • The Contractor shall be responsible for needed engineering services and reimbursable building alterations of building equipment.
  • The Contractor will determine how much labor is needed to perform the tasks, what methods will be used to complete the job and which supplies, materials and equipment are needed.

Contact your PTAC Counselor for tips on how to best prepare for this Industry Day & others like it!

FREE RainWise Training

Expand your business by installing rain gardens and cisterns for the Rain Wise Rebate Program.

Free training is available to prepare licensed Contractors and Landscape Professionals to install City of Seattle and King County RainWise rebate-funded rain gardens and/or cisterns on private property in specific Seattle neighborhoods. This training is required for contractors who want to participate in the program.

FREE Three-part Training (Note: attendance is required at all three session.)

Monday, November 6th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson Street, 8th Floor

Wednesday, November 8th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson Street, 8th Floor

Saturday, November 11th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Site tour - location will be announced at traininig

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FREE Register today! Space is limited. http://rainwisefalltraining.brownpapertickets.com/

Please note: This training can be counted toward meeting 15 hours SCS training requirements.

IRS Announcement & Upcoming Events

Small Business Administration Workshops

https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person. Check the Events Calendar for a complete list.

Did you know the SBA Seattle District Office streams live webinars every second Thursday? Get your questions answered by business savvy experts from the comfort of your home or home office. The following workshops are live webinars in Pacific Daylight Time:

Thursday, November 9
Choosing the Right Business Structure -- 10:15 am
Small Business Owners Tax Workshop -- 12:30 pm
Register, License, Go! -- 2:15 pm

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/sba-seattle-district-office-7828614365 to see the full lineup of Free Thursday Workshops through 2017.

Also check out the SBA Learning Center for a variety of free online courses, available anytime! Here is an example of one:

Financing Options for Small Businesses
https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/financing-options-small-businesses?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses. Duration: 30 minutes


SCORE Workshops


SCORE offers workshops designed to give you the skills necessary to start your own successful business.
Seattle: http://seattle.score.org/localworkshops
Nov 1, Dec 6 -- Starting a New Business
Nov 16 - Understanding Financial Statements

Spokane: http://scorespokane.org/workshops Nov 1 – Starting a New Business

There are also a number of online workshops available: https://seattle.score.org/onlineworkshops/tab-a


IRS Updates & News Releases:


Did you know? One of the best ways to get information is by visiting the IRS Small Business Tax Center where you can learn everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to best navigate an audit.

Security Summit Launches Education Campaign Aimed at Tax Pros; Warns Against Phishing Epidemic with “Don’t Take the Bait” series
https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/security-summit-launches-education-campaign-aimed-at-tax-pros-warns-against-phishing-epidemic-with-don-t-take-the-bait-series
The IRS is warning tax professionals to increase their computer security and to beware of their inbox – specifically the successful email scams dubbed spear phishing that identify themselves as a friend, customer or company. As part of the Security Summit effort, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry next week will kick off another series in the Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself campaign called “Don’t Take the Bait.” It’s critical that tax professionals remember they have not just an obligation but a legal requirement under federal law to protect taxpayer information.

Don’t Take the Bait, Step 8: How to Start Protecting Clients, Businesses from Cybersecurity Threats
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/dont-take-the-bait-step-8-how-to-start-protecting-clients-businesses-from-cybersecurity-threats

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today offered important tips for how tax professionals can get started protecting their clients and their business from cybersecurity threats.

Don’t Take the Bait, Step 9: Make Data Security an Everyday Priority; Key Steps Can Help
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/dont-take-the-bait-step-9-make-data-security-an-everyday-priority-key-steps-can-help

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged tax professionals to make data security an everyday priority, noting a few simple steps can go far in protecting taxpayer information from cybercriminals.

Don’t Take the Bait, Step 10: Steps for Tax Pros with Data Incidents; Tips to Help Protect Clients, Taxpayers
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/dont-take-the-bait-step-10-steps-for-tax-pros-with-data-incidents

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that if they experience a breach or theft of taxpayer data they should immediately contact the IRS to help protect clients.

IRS Issues Urgent Warning to Beware IRS FBI Themed Ransomware Scam https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-issues-urgent-warning-to-beware-irs-fbi-themed-ransomware-scam
The Internal Revenue Service is warning people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It tries to entice users to select a “here” link to download a fake FBI questionnaire. Instead, the link downloads a certain type of malware called ransomware that prevents users from accessing data stored on their device unless they pay money to the scammers. Victims should immediately report any ransomware attempt or attack to the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, www.IC3.gov. Forward any IRS-themed scams to phishing@irs.gov.

IRS YouTube Videos:
Tax Scams: English | Spanish | ASL
Private Collection of Overdue Taxes: English | Spanish

IRS Provides Special Relief to Encourage Leave-Based Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-provides-special-relief-to-encourage-leave-based-donation-programs-for-victims-of-hurricane-harvey
The Internal Revenue Service announced special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Under these programs, employees may forgo their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes, before Jan. 1, 2019, to charitable organizations providing relief for the victims of this disaster. Under this special relief, the donated leave will not be included in the income or wages of the employees. Employers will be permitted to deduct the cash payments as business expenses.
For more information on disaster relief related to Hurricane Harvey, see the IRS Hurricane Harvey Information Center.

Beware of Fake Charity Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/beware-of-fake-charity-scams-relating-to-hurricane-harvey
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations. While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, people should be aware of criminals who look to take advantage of this generosity by impersonating charities to get money or private information from well-meaning taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, e-mail or in-person solicitations.

Reconstructing Records After a Natural Disaster or Casualty Loss; IRS Provides Tips to Help Taxpayers
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/reconstructing-records-after-a-natural-disaster-or-casualty-loss-irs-provides-tips-to-help-taxpayers
Reconstructing records after a disaster may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance or insurance reimbursement. After a disaster, taxpayers might need certain records to prove their loss. The more accurately the loss is estimated, the more loan and grant money there may be available.

IRS Announces Five New Members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-announces-five-new-members-for-the-electronic-tax-administration-advisory-committee
The Internal Revenue Service announced the selection of five new members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Fourth Quarter of 2017
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/interest-rates-remain-the-same-for-the-fourth-quarter-of-2017
The Internal Revenue Service announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning October 1, 2017.

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