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City implements new business tax system

The city recently implemented a new business tax system for business license and business personal property taxes, the city government announced Tuesday. The new system has created significant changes to business license renewal applications, which will be mailed to all registered business owners later this month. 

Businesses registered in the City of Alexandria have been issued a new account number (or numbers) for business license and business personal property taxes. All future assessments, billings, returns and correspondence will reflect the new account numbers.

In addition to the information normally reported on business license renewal applications, businesses will be asked to provide information on their corporate officers, if applicable, according to a statement from the city. 

The appearance of the annual business license renewal form and business personal property tax return will change to accommodate the new system. 

In addition to implementing the new business tax system, the city is currently working on creating other payment methods for business license taxes. When these new methods become available, the Finance Department will announce them at www.alexandriava.gov/Finance, issue a press release and send an email to all businesses on the department’s email list. 

Businesses wishing to be included on the email list for business tax announcements will be able to provide their email addresses on a flyer included with the 2010 business license renewal application.

TFAA names new administrator

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association has welcomed John Luna into a newly created administrator position to oversee the day to day business and operations of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

“We are thrilled to have John Luna come on board,” said TFAA board president Rosemary Covey. “His unique mixture of business and marketing skills combined with his genuine interest in the arts make him a great asset to the organization.”

After the consideration of some 20 applicants for the position, the TFAA board selected Alexandria resident Luna to lead their managerial endeavors. Luna’s background includes more than 16 years experience in various managerial roles spanning key industries for the Torpedo Factory. 

His experiences include work in the construction industry, media, manufacturing and operations management, healthcare, education and project management for government and military agencies. He has worked for some notable organizations such as ESPN, where he was a technical director and program producer, Bose Corporation, where he still holds a top sales record, and Drexel University College of Medicine, where he was senior administrator overseeing the first fully accredited online continuing medical education program in the United States.

Luna’s education includes three degrees spanning business with a focus in public relations, audiovisual engineering and a scientific degree in communications with a focus on rhetorical studies.

Yoga company bends over backwards for shoeless 

Abella Yoga announced this week that it will celebrate National Yoga Day by offering a free yoga class on January 23 at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. 

In return for the lessons, the fitness company encourages participants to donate to Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity that collects and distributes new and gently worn shoes to people in need all over the world. 

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the spirit of Yoga Day than by helping others,” said Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “The simple gift of shoes can truly make a difference in someone’s life.” 

The class will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Donors who give $20 or more will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free private yoga session with Melody Abella, a value of $135. 

For more information about the event or to make a donation, visit Abella Yoga’s fundraising site atwww.soles4soulsfundraising.org/abellayoga. For more information about Soles4Souls, visit www.giveshoes.org.

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