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HUDGINS: Salon's facelift blends technology with style

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Murfreesboro’s premiere Aveda Lifestyle Salon, Tangerine Salon and Spa, recently opened a renovated salon experience.

Owner Jim McCarrall said renovations at Tangerine strive to achieve a “delicate balance between the perception of cutting edge styles with authenticity and southern comfort.”

An additional 500 square feet allows for a more spacious, welcoming atmosphere, according to a press release about the remodel.

McCarrall said the addition “creates clarity for checking in when one walks through the back door, allowing a space for a community table in the center that creates a richer Aveda experience for our guests.”

A facelift in spatial design isn’t the only change to Tangerine.

The use of technology in their operations got a makeover as well.

“While you might find Wi-Fi in other salons, we use our connection to provide more service to the client than just access to the internet while they wait,” salon coordinator Kara Kemp explained.

“We’ve introduced the iPad as a part of the salon experience. From checking in to seeking out the latest hairstyles, the iPads are making our processes much more accurate and streamlined. And our guests certainly feel like they have more options when determining the exact style they want to achieve.”

An expansion on the previous space for their Aveda product line, Tangerine now offers a more enhanced retail experience.

“We are a salon dedicated to creating authentic relationships with our guests … and providing education for each guest so that they may continue their experiences long after they have left our salon,” Kemp said. “We educate ourselves so that we may build deeper relationships with our guests through educating them.”

Tangerine Salon and Spa is a full-service salon and features four spa treatment rooms and a pedicure area. Tangerine offers cut, color and special occasion hair services as well as facials, massage, waxing and nail services.

The salon is located at 845 N. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.

For details or to schedule an appointment, call 615-896-3302 or visit tangerinesalonandspa.com.

IRS reminds tax preparers about deadlines

More than 16,000 Tennessee tax preparers have now registered with the Internal Revenue Service, as required by recent regulations, but about 7,000 of them must take a competency examination by Dec. 31, 2013, or they will not be able to prepare tax returns for compensation.

So far, 54 tax preparers in Tennessee have passed the competency exam and, as a result, have been given the new credential of Registered Tax Return Preparer, according to a press release.

Enrolled Agents, CPAs and attorneys are not required to take the exam because they already have testing requirements.

“Preparers who are required to take the IRS competency exam have about 18 months left to study and pass it,” IRS spokesman Dan Boone said. “The IRS urges them to take the exam soon in case they have to retake it and to avoid a potential flood of last-minute exam takers.”

Three years ago, the IRS began a program to register paid preparers and require certain ones to pass a competency test. In addition, paid preparers are expected to take continuing education courses and meet ethics standards.

The IRS will eventually create a publicly searchable database that will allow taxpayers to see if their tax preparers have met IRS standards or to find a tax preparer in their zip code area.

The database will also show any credentials held by the preparer, including the new RTRP credential.

Last year more than 1.5 million individual federal returns, about 54 percent of the total returns filed, were prepared for Tennessee filers by paid tax preparers.

Nationwide, close to 87 million returns, about 60 percent of the total, were prepared by paid tax preparers.

Boone also reminded taxpayers who requested a filing extension for their 2011 federal income tax returns on or before April 18 and have yet to file that the extended filing deadline is Oct. 15.

For returns prepared in 2012, paid tax preparers must, at the least, hold a Preparer Tax Identification Number, and that the PTIN must be shown on tax returns they prepare.

More information about the IRS return preparer program is available at IRS.gov/PTIN.
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