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Thursday, 11 September 2014 by Andy King

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Dave LeVan, our CEO at Advantax, travels extensively across the US calling on our customers and speaking at various conferences. Dave logs more miles in a month than most business travelers log in a year.

The good news is that anyone who knows Dave, knows that he loves to travel. What many don’t know is that Dave has a tremendous heart for children in need. At Advantax, the reason we exist as a company is “To bring peace of mind to our customers and hope to children in need.”

As the CEO of Advantax, Dave has found a way to leverage that love of travel in a manner that allows him to use the free travel he earns (from all of his business travel) to help those very children he cares so deeply about.

A local Chicago paper wrote a piece this week about how Dave won an award from American Airlines based on his travel. The article discusses how Dave won the award and how he is using the award (you guessed it – more free miles) to help the very children he has dedicated his life to serve. Click here to read the article.

David LeVan, Advantax CEO

Where in the World are the PropTax Monkeys?? India!

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 04 September 2014 by Advantax

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India Cow Cart

We are sending the PropTax Monkeys packing. Well at least exploring the globe for interesting property tax facts. Join us as we embark on a great journey and discover “Where in the World are the PropTax Monkeys?” This month they are visiting the Taj Mahal and enjoying the incredible food that India has to offer.

  • Property tax or ‘house tax’ is a local tax on buildings, along with appurtenant and land. It is imposed on the owner.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
  • The tax power is vested in the states. It is delegated by law to the local bodies specifying the valuation method, rate band, and collection procedures.
  • India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
  • Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world.
  • The normal property tax is usually coupled with a number of service taxes for instance water tax, drainage tax, sanitation tax, and lighting tax. All of these use the same tax base.
  • The largest employer in India is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.

Taj Mahal


Happy Labor Day!

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind, Seasonal

Thursday, 28 August 2014 by Advantax

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Happy Labor Day from Advantax

What do you know about Labor Day? Here are some facts about this national holiday.

  • September 5, 1882 – New York City holds the first Labor Day parade. It is estimated that 10,000 workers participate. (U.S. Census Bureau) Not all employers support the idea, but many union workers take the first Monday in September off anyway. Some unions levy fines against workers who do go into work. At the time, workers receive time off for Christmas, the Fourth of July and every other Sunday.
  • 1887 – Oregon becomes the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday.
  • 1894 – President Grover Cleveland and the U.S. Congress make it a national holiday.
  • In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-days a week to make a basic living.

With all of those fun facts in mind, enjoy your bbq’s, your picnics, and the time with family and friends. Celebrate the last days of summer!