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Bloomfield now a member of Indiana Main Street program

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Efforts by the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce have officially made the Bloomfield Community Revitalization a member of the Indiana Main Street Program.

"We got word this week we are official," Chamber member Matt Miller said Thursday. "We have to report to them our projects and attend the meetings. Now, let's see what we can do to improve the downtown."

Over the course of the last year the Chamber has been working to meet the Indiana Main Street guidelines to become an official member.

They have formed committees focusing on design, organization, promotion, and economic restructuring.

The design committee took charge in the Indianapolis 500 decorating contest, which earned the town second place and $2,500.

Miller has previously explained a major reason the Chamber wanted to seek participation in the Main Street Program was to have help to seek out grants to upgrade the downtown area of Bloomfield.

Another advantage with the Indiana Main Street Program is connections with the Ball State University Architecture Program.

In order to learn more about the program Scott Truex, from the Ball State Architecture Program, will be the guest speaker at the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the old Good Times building.

Greene County General Hospital Marketing Manager Corey Sparks announced the hospital will be holding a ground breaking for the $7.5 million expansion Friday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.

Indiana Department of Revenue Superintendent of Bloomington and Columbus Districts Mimi Anderson updated the Chamber on the future of electronically filing sales and withholding tax.

She said by Jan. 1 it will be mandatory for all businesses to file electronically, and stressed businesses should familiarize themselves with the new filing system soon.

All new businesses since July have been mandated to file electronically.

Anderson said some individuals are using their own software or having service providers, such as accountants, take care of the filing for them. Although, she said the easiest way was to use INtax.

Businesses and accountants can visit www.INtax.in.gov to file, pay and manage their taxes. It supports filing and payment of Indiana retail sales, withholding, out-of-state sales, prepaid sales, metered pump sales, tire fees, fuel taxes wireless prepaid fees and type II gaming taxes.

Miller said he has used INtax, and was satisfied to find it was an easier filing process and no checks were needed to be written.

Anderson said taxpayers can sign up for the program to manage their own business, and the eligible tax types will be included in the registration.

Service providers can also sign up for INtax and manage all accounts in one setting. It will allow them to do a bulk pay and a bulk file.

The taxpayer will be included in the management process, and the service provider can manage who has access to the account.

Anderson noted there will be few exceptions for the new filing process, including religious exemptions, inability to access Internet or company policies.

An exemption form is currently being drafted, but these exemptions are only valid for six months.

"The only one I see going long term is religious beliefs," Anderson said. "The others will have to find someone to help with the filing or change their policies."

For more information visit the website or call the hotline at (317) 615-2581.

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