Business & Finance


Tax preparer gets two years in prison for fraud

Tax preparer Joan Leger of Stone Mountain has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for filing false tax returns that claimed more than $4 million in fraudulent refunds for refugees who were unaware of the fraud.

City of Atlanta expands scope of paid family leave benefits

Paid family leave is now offered for both caregiver and non-caregiver city of Atlanta employees.

New rules make it easier to fix credit report errors

Consumers may find it easier to fix inaccuracies in their credit reports because of new regulations governing the three credit reporting companies, the Metro Atlanta Better Business Bureau says.

Free workshop on wills, estates

DeKalb residents can learn about wills, trusts and estates at a free workshop on July 11 in Decatur.

Fireworks sales legal in Georgia starting July 1

Georgia consumers can legally buy fireworks in the state starting July 1, in time for Independence Day celebrations. Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 110 into law on May 5 for the commercial sale and regulation of fireworks.

Metro Atlanta jobless rate climbs in May, still below 2014

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate for May rose to 5.9 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 5.6 percent in April. The rate in May 2014 was 6.9 percent.

Avoid injuries, leave the fireworks to professionals

Prevent Blindness is urging Georgians to leave fireworks to the professionals on July Fourth and throughout the year.

New energy policy already cutting down costs in Atlanta

When Matt Cox, Project Manager at the Atlanta Building Energy Efficiency Project, saw that commercial buildings accounted for 66 percent of energy consumption in the area, Atlanta saw that they needed reduce the rates and minimize carbon emissions.

Jobs Bus scheduled stops

The DeKalb Mobile Career Center will be available to job seekers next week beginning June 15 at area library branches and other locations

EEOC to provide resources at class

“What You Don’t Know Can Hurt – Protecting Your Business” on June 18 at the SBA’s Atlanta office offers information and resources to help guide small-business owners.

Wells Fargo contest

Small-business owners and nonprofit controlling members have until June 30 to enter the Wells Fargo Works Project Contest for a chance to win $25,000 for their business.

Tax scam calls are on IRS' ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

Scammers are calling taxpayers with a bogus message from the Internal Revenue Service that threatens legal action if immediate payment is not made over the telephone.

Grant program for small business

Small-business owners in Stone Mountain can apply for grants up to $1,000 to give their enterprises a little lift.

DeKalb gets Fitch Ratings’ top scoring for short-term notes

DeKalb County has received the top rating for short-term notes from Fitch Ratings.

Strong appeal to prohibit forced arbitration

Rep. Hank Johnson, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and 56 other members of Congress have sent a letter calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue a strong rule to prohibit forced arbitration agreements in consumer financial services and ...