The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, July 29, 1992, Image 4

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Wednesday, July 29,1992 Plans continue CPAs campaign to simplify tax return for Bush library By Christi R. Ray The Battalion By Chris Carroll The Battalion Fund-raising efforts for the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will continue as planned regardless of the outcome of the presidential election this fall, library officials said Tuesday. The fund-raising campaign for the library, which began in late March, has raised $600,000. Li brary director Dr. Perry Atkinson hopes to raise $10 million by the end of this year. Most of the contributions so far have been small donations from former students, Atkinson said. "We started by asking in the April issue of the Texas Aggie Magazine for former students to contribute $1000 over the next four years," Atkinson said. After the November election, the focus will shift to national and international donors. Whether Bush wins or loses will not influ ence these plans, Dennis Prescott, acting director of development for the library, said. "I really can't speculate about the future, but I do know that the basic principles of our campaign will remain the same," Prescott said. "The basic principles of the campaign are that we use volun teer workers and focus on major gifts." There have been three contri butions in the $50,000 range, one of which was a $50,000 gift pre sented last week by the Class of '92. A large foundation has promised $1 million. The campaign must raise $42 million by 1995 to begin construc tion of the library and museum fa cilities. Another $45 million is to be raised for the academic pro grams that will be part of the li brary. These programs, in the College of Liberal Arts, are the Center for Presidential Studies, the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the Institute for Public Leadership Studies. The Brazos Valley Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Pub lic Accountants is joining other CPAs in Texas to support Texans for Tax Simplification. "The ultimate goal is obviously tax simplification," Dianne Way- land, executive vice-president of Better Idea Development Compa ny Inc., said Tuesday. "CPAs, along with taxpayers, feel it (filing income taxes) has become so diffi cult that people who used to at tempt to do their own taxes don't now." It seems strange that CPAs are supporting a cause that would de crease the amount of taxpayers seeking professional assistance in tax filing, but CPAs have to spend so much time researching the laws and their clients do not see the benefits, Wayland said. "Frankly, they would rather spend less time on compliance and spend more time on services that are beneficial to their clients," she said. The American Institute of CPAs is also promoting a national campaign, but Texans wanted to do their own campaign with the Republican Convention being held in Texas this year. Postcards have been distrib uted across the state for signatures to communicate to President Bush that tax laws need to be sim plified. The postcards will be pre sented at a Houston press confer ence on August 16 during the con vention. After the presentation, the postcards will be bundled up and dropped on the president's desk, Wayland said. "The overall state-wide goal is to receive at least 50,000 signed postcards," she said. "The goal for our community is at least 1,000 to 1,250 postcards, and so far we have had a really good response." Individuals currently spend an estimated $20 billion to $40 billion a year in completing tax retur including the value of times;* by taxpayers and the cost of f: fessional help. There are irt than 400 types of tax filing foi and the Internal Revenue Sen Code has doubled in size sift 1980. "The local CPAs are visit with clients and issuing thep# cards, and we have had a numl of presentations madetocii clubs," Wayland said. "Welii received a lot of support from er groups." "I don't know where Congi; is as far as doing a tax’ maybe this will at least get ft attention," she said. Overnight service benefits Texas Former student's company offers regionalized delivery at reduced costs By Erin Bradley The Battalion Correction In the July 27 issue of The Battalion, it was reported incorrectly that the Higher Education Coordinating Board recommendations had been passed and would go into effect August 1. There will be a 1 percent increase on August 1, but that increase is linked to the appropriation provisions of the 1992-1993 budget. The recommended 1 percent increase in the Texas A&M faculty salaries budget has not been voted on as yet by the Texas Legislature. The Battalion regrets any confusion the incorrect information may have caused. In March 1991, Gary Gunter, Class of '81, and his partner founded Lone Star Overnight, a Texas-only delivery service which has the highest reliability rate in the industry, and offers prices that are approximately half those of the national delivery firms. Lone Star Overnight, located in Austin, is currently operating between 22 Texas regions, but should be expanding to Laredo, San Angelo and Victoria this fall. "We were originally going to serve only the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the state," Gunter said. "That is, until I discovered that Bryan-College Station is the 22nd largest." Gunter and his partner Jack Long discovered during their former banking careers that they had a common desire to manage a company which would provide reliable service at a low cost. While doing research, they found that approximately one-third of packages delivered in Texas had been sent out from another location in Texas, yet the cost was the same as sending the package out-of-state. So, Lone Star Overnight did for delivery service what Southwest Airlines did for air travel. It regionalized the service and met the objectives Gunter and Long had set. Lone Star Overnight began with 29 investors from around Texas, and after eight months of fund-raising, was able to hire people with backgrounds in national delivery service as managers. With 151 employees and 18 offices around the state, Lone Star Overnight delivers 35,000 packages each month, using its own num! i.ml drof- transportation fleet: three aircraft ground vehicles. The company also has than 200 drop boxes around the sta: uniformed carriers in all areas, an and a standard drop-off time of 10:30 a.m. company can also make an 8:30 a.m for $10 more, and is the only delivery sen; to offer the earlier time. They will pick packages anytime in the afternoon. "We pick up later, deliver earlier and costs down," Gunter said. "Our m; objective is to continue to gain market shi while continuing to benefit those compaii who use us." Lone Star Overnight predominantly ser law firms, title companies, printing compa: and real estate property management firms "I like to brag about the fact that we're to save Texas companies $9500 per Gunter said. Seminar costs vex disability rights activists Help Wanted Services TENSION HEADACHE STUDY Subjects with a history of tension headaches needed to participate in a short research study with a single dose of a marketed medication. NO BLOOD WORK. Eligible volunteers will be compensated. G & S Studies, Inc. 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"The goal of the scholarships is to recognize people who have an interest in international business for a career," she said. The interest for international business at A&M is growing with the help of a new international business certification program and more specialized classes, said Dr. S. Kerry Cooper, director for the center. There has been strong student response to classes with an international focus and about 50 students are participating in the six-month- old program. Cooper said. An important and beneficial factor to students who want to work internationally is involvement in A&M's study abroad program. The scholarships help recipients finance their trip, Burke said. "The scholarship is an additional incentive for more people to study abroad," she said. 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WASHINGTON (AP) Americans' wages and salt failed to keep up with inflate in the year ended in June, pts ing the smallest increase in least a decade, the gov reported Tuesday. "It's part of the reason for funk that people feel they'reit said economist Robert G. Dec ick of the Northern Trust Co. Chicago. The "funk" apparen; continued into July, whei widely followed survey for Americans expected little! provement in the economy in: months ahead. The Labor Department sa; wages and salaries edged 2.9 percent in the 12 months ff ed June 30, less than the 3.1 p cent inflation rate for the vear, AIDS measured by the department | Consumer Price Index. Thelf percent advance was downfc a 4 percent gain a year earlii and was the smallest increai since the department bep keeping track of earnings injt£ -sCjC^^I-Z 1982, near the end of the 198h ill(uC Li J recession. Overall, the department'sE' As a new m ployment Cost Index rose: tommunity I a percent when benefits weret itrange and ui eluded. Still, that was downluestion is: wl a 4.6 percent overall gain inf 1 -ver publish a le year ended in June 1991 and") ormed as th the smallest gain since a simfc 7/22/92). advance in December 1987. Mr. Snyder "Total compensation excee \IDS in the 90's ed inflation, but what a perst ate 70's when walks home with didn't," Dedf )eled GRID (Ga ick said. ter). No one One of the biggest boosts' voman in Hous compensation was the ever-ii ler spiritual si: creasing health care costs. Wh eive. Not the £ company-supplied health cai >asketball playe benefits don't show up inwoii he wife whos< ers' paychecks, increased costs 1 ransfusion. We companies providing such betf ion of the popu fits were included in the dep^ jotten beyond t ment's analysis. >lewere being " While the anemic increase' Another com wages and salaries adversely^ hat the gove fects household budgets, it"i Monies that it di good news for employers try: esearch/educat to hold down costs in an effort! he governmen attract buyers in a sluggishhllion dollars nomic environment. It alsotf 'ave. I am of t fleeted the labor market ^ a ther spend me Unemployment rose to? ^IDS education percent in June, the highest: Texas's Super Cc eight years, and provided eJ 1 Finally, Mr. ■yees with little leverage! "ore Americans seek pay increases. Benefit" AIDS) would pi creases also were slowing, risii 1 em." That sta ~.3 percent in the 12 months ei" though probabl ed in June compared with a 6 tfr. Snyder inter percent increase a year earlier. Majority types w Over-the-year compensate'ducation attem cosi\increases in private indust" were about the same for bl" f collar and for service workers.