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Tax collection company to open, create 17 jobs
Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C., President Mark K. Ames (left) and company partner John A. Rife discuss the Richmond firm’s announcement that it will open a Martinsville office early in 2013 and ultimately create 17 jobs. The announcement was made Tuesday at the Martinsville Municipal Building. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer
Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C., will open an operations center in Martinsville to help state and local governments collect delinquent taxes. It plans to create 17 jobs over the next three years.
The company’s plans were announced Tuesday by Martinsville City Council and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. at council chambers in the city municipal building.
Taxing Authority Consulting Services (TACS) is based in Richmond. It will open its first branch on the third floor of the BB&T Bank building in uptown Martinsville to serve clients in Southside and Southwest.
TACS is a law firm that concentrates on tax collection, bankruptcy services and consulting to local and state governments, according to a news release. It provides government tax collections for real estate, personal property, and state income and sales taxes. It also provides legal services, including litigation, administrative collection programs and bankruptcy representation for government agencies, the release added.
John A. Rife, a partner in the firm, said its clients include Henry County, and it recently added real estate work for Danville.
The firm has hired a local manager, Angie Alderman, as a result of a job fair held by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. She worked for One Main Financial here for 15 years, including eight in management, she said.
TACS President Mark K. Ames said the company will have six employees here at the start. The company plans to create 17 jobs here over the next three years, according to a release.
Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins said the majority of the jobs to be created will be full-time customer service representatives with average salaries of around $13 an hour with benefits such as health insurance and 401K with matching contributions.
“As we are in the holiday season, this announcement is a welcome blessing as we still have too many hard-working individuals without jobs and need merely an opportunity to display their extraordinary talents,” Adkins said at the announcement.
Rife said the company has résumés collected during the job fair, and is accepting other applications at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will begin in early January, and the company expects to move into its office here Feb. 4.
Applicants need customer service skills, according to Rife and Ames. Computer skills would be helpful, but the company will train employees, Rife said.
The office is set up with work stations, and once Internet service is available, “we can get up and running,” he added. That service will be provided through the city’s MINet system.
TACS was founded in 2006, will have 35 employees as of Jan. 1, and is making its first expansion outside Richmond, Ames said. It also considered possible locations in the Richmond area, Scott County and other localities before deciding on Martinsville.
“Our firm’s priority is assisting our government clients (in meeting) their revenue expectations by opening dormant sources of revenue,” he stated in the release. “Adding this office and these future positions will serve the twin purpose of increasing revenue for our clients while employing Virginians in the process.”
During the announcement, Ames called the company’s move a “win-win.” It brings TACS closer to its clients, and it brings professional sector jobs to an area that has experienced economic setbacks, he added.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp. (MBC) gave TACS a $5,000 grant to help offset Internet equipment and telecommunications infrastructure costs, according to Adkins and the release.
“High-capacity, low-latency network connection and a choice of telecom providers are key economic development benefits that MBC brings to the area,” said Tad Deriso, president and CEO of MBC.
The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) worked with the city of Martinsville on bringing TACS to the city, the release stated. The firm qualifies for both local and state Enterprise Zone grants offered by the city and the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
“The opening of the TACS operation in uptown Martinsville adds important business activity and employment to uptown,” said Mark Heath, president/CEO of the EDC. “A key ingredient in the economic success of a community is an active, vibrant central business district. This announcement is evidence that uptown is an attractive and competitive retail and office environment that serves Martinsville and Henry County well.”