Topic: A Tax to Grind
Thursday, 07 February 2013 by David H. LeVan
One of the things I like most about working in the property tax industry are the site inspections. It’s one thing to review values from your desk and quite another to walk through a facility and see how buildings are built and products are produced. There’s so much to be learned by a visit.
Last week I talked a little bit about my trip to Nigeria. One of the really cool experiences on the trip was the site inspection of a “Grandma House”. Now, this wasn’t like a normal property tax site inspection. Sure we looked at some facilities, her old house and her new house. But there was something really special going on with this site inspection.
Grandma Houses are a project that Gembu Center for HIV/AIDS Advocacy Nigeria (GECHAAN) has started to serve both widows and orphans, affected by HIV/AIDS. In Nigeria, when a woman loses her husband, she is often left in extreme poverty. Due to the high death toll resulting from AIDS, many children have been orphaned and also live in extreme poverty.
The Grandma House project was started to build new houses for Grandmas and orphaned children to live together in a safe and loving environment. GECHAAN partners with local villages to select candidates and assist in building these homes. The results are amazing! Below are a few pictures from my site inspection. Here is the hut that the grandma we visited used to live in with three children:
Now the exciting part! Here’s her new house with three rooms. It is complete with a bedroom for her, one for the three kids and an entry room. She even has a bed, a first for her.
It was such an honor to see the impact GECHAAN is having through the Grandma Houses. The joy this Grandma had is something that really sets apart this site inspection!
Advantax, through our charitable organization, Harriette’s Song, is sponsoring a Grandma House. If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity please contact us.
Topic: A Tax to Grind
Monday, 03 December 2012 by David H. LeVan
According to dictionary.com, the definition of “consultant” is: “a person who gives professional or expert advice”. So a consulting firm would be a group of people who give professional or expert advice. Sounds pretty basic. The real question is, can that individual or group of individuals give advice in a collaborative and transparent way?
At Advantax, we believe the answer is YES. In fact, we believe that a collaborative approach gets the best results for everyone involved. It’s how we consult at Advantax. We don’t try to hide our process or guess at answers. When you work with us, we not only save you time and money, we are transparent in how we do it.
Check out this video on our consulting services: