Business Briefs: Home sales rise, inventory continues to fall

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Home sales rise, inventory continues to fall

HANCOCK COUNTY — Monthly stats from an Indianapolis real estate firm for August 2020 show a 28.5% increase in the number of homes sold in Hancock County. Housing inventory continued to dramatically decrease, down 50.6% compared to this time last year.

Home sale prices in Hancock County increased in August 2020 — up 7.7% to an average price of $238,914, compared to year-to-date 2019, according to F.C. Tucker Company.

Housing inventory also dropped about 50% throughout a 16-county central Indiana region for August 2020, the company reported.

State launches new system for business taxes

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Revenue’s second roll-out of its tax system update, Project NextDOR, went live earlier this month.

It is the second of four roll-outs allowing business customers to file, pay and administer several tax types, including sales and withholding, in the e-services portal, the Indiana Taxpayer Information Management Engine.

Roll-out 2 consists of several tax types including sales and withholding taxes. Those two tax types alone account for more than 50% of all state revenue collected each year. The roll-out allows more than 200,000 sales and withholding customers to not only manage their tax obligations, but also to have secure direct messaging with the department of revenue and easily find all letters and notices sent in one location.

Free online skills training available

INDIANAPOLIS — A partnership between the state of Indiana and 180 Skills will allow up to 100,000 Hoosiers to gain key workforce skills free of charge through an online library of courses.

Individuals who enroll will have the opportunity to complete courses designed to improve general employability skills applicable across job sectors or develop the foundational knowledge necessary to enter Indiana’s sizeable manufacturing industry.

Self-service enrollment for individuals interested in the programs is available by visiting yournextstepin.org.

New nearby Goodwill outlet store opens

INDIANAPOLIS — Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has opened its newest Outlet Store on Indianapolis’ east side.

Located at 4105 N. Franklin Road, the facility features 202,000 square feet of space that will be divided by the Outlet’s buy-by-the-pound bargains and Goodwill’s e-commerce division. Outlet Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

The Outlet East facility located on Shadeland Avenue closed Sept. 7 and will be replaced by the new Franklin Road Outlet Store.