Column: Protect yourself from shady tax preparation

Feb. 26, 2013

Protect yourself from shady tax preparation
By Sen. Joe Hune

Just the other day I received a letter from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) announcing the re-launch of their taxpayer awareness campaign. This is an effort to protect Michiganders from fraudulent tax return preparation.

To help protect Michigan residents, the MACPA has distributed to my office their Top Ten Questions to Ask a Tax Preparer: Tips, Hints & Warning Signs brochure.

This free brochure provides helpful tips that residents should keep in mind when hiring a tax preparer.

The MACPA was nice enough to provide my office with many of these helpful brochures, and I would like to offer them to anyone who may want further information on how best to protect themselves from shady tax preparers and preparations.

If you have any further questions, please email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.

Furthermore, a full list of tax changes can be found at www.michigan.gov/treasury.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

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Hune welcomes the Rev. Ronda Hawkins to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, welcomes the Rev. Ronda Hawkins to the Michigan Senate. Hawkins is the pastor at the United Methodist Church in Brighton. Hawkins delivered the invocation before Senate session.

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Column: Free fishing weekend

Feb. 11, 2013

Free fishing weekend
By Sen. Joe Hune

This weekend, Feb. 16 and 17, marks the “Free Fishing Weekend” conducted twice per year by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful lakes and rivers in Michigan.

For many, the Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme! Experienced anglers who offer a child or young adult the chance to take their first fishing trip can provide a rewarding experience for all.

Did I mention it is free? All fishing license fees will be waived for these two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. Included are 12,000 miles of trout waters.

So take advantage of this great opportunity this weekend and enjoy the great outdoors!

If you have any further questions please email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

Column: Hire our veterans

Jan. 31, 2013

Hire our veterans
By Sen. Joe Hune

As every business looks for truly exceptional employees, I would like to suggest an untapped resource: our veterans.

Veterans have proven their worth on the battlefield in far-off places, and many of them would now like to prove their work ethic right here at home.

The Michigan Legislature as well as the federal government have been making strides to employ our heroes. Just last week Walmart vowed to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. In a release, Walmart said that “Job turnover is such that they ought to be able to easily accommodate any vet looking for work.”

Walmart’s pledge is the largest commitment to hiring veterans made so far by a single company. “Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make,” Walmart CEO Bill Simon said. “Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They’re quick learners and team players. They are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service.”

Another great organization for veterans is AT&T. In 2012 G.I. Jobs magazine recognized AT&T as one of the Top 50 Most Military-Friendly Employers for the seventh consecutive year. Electronic Recruiting Exchange recently recognized AT&T’s program as the Best Military Talent Program.

In addition, AT&T has developed a program to educate managers across AT&T on the benefits of hiring military veterans; launched a Military Skills Translator that allows veterans to use their current Military Occupation Code/Military Occupation Specialty to find out what civilian jobs at AT&T could be a good fit for them; and organizes a veterans employee group of more than 4,000 members.

“Every year, AT&T hires hundreds of military veterans to join our team,” said AT&T Director of Government Affairs, Jim Kirsch. “The self-discipline, teamwork and skills gained in military service are valuable to AT&T, where many of those same values are part of our everyday culture.”

Hiring veterans may be of particular interest to small businesses. Instead of having to purchase pricey insurance plans for employees, veterans often are afforded Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits. Such benefits are lifelong for qualifying veterans and will exempt a business employing a veteran from the compulsory purchase of health insurance for him or her. This benefit also extends to qualified reservists and National Guard members.

For any further information on VA programs, please visit www.va.gov. To view a booklet on benefits available to veterans as well as other useful links, click on the ‘Veterans Services’ link.

If you have any further questions please email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.

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