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TechTax

Created by Thomas Levine.

I'm a Developer in New York, NY. I'm currently freelancing. Previously, I've worked at ScraperWiki. I earned a B.S. from Cornell University.

Project Description

TechTax is a mobile app that elucidates tax incentives for business owners. It helps them choose where to situate themselves and where to expand. We are starting with grocery store tax incentives, but we plan to expand to other industries. It is backed by a database that we constructed by mining the open data portal and unstructured data sources.

Three million New Yorkers do not have easy access to fresh produce (http://www.foodispower.org/food-deserts/). The city creates tax incentives that should address this issue, but the tax incentive data are not easy to find and interpret. We want to help New York businesses and communities grow by communicating tax incentives more efficiently.

TechTax helps grocery stores choose where to locate themselves based on tax incentives. By mapping tax incentives, we make them more effective and help bring fresh food to communities in need of grocery stores and jobs.

Project Goals

  • Pilot-test the app on seven expanding grocery stores.

  • Refine the website design.

  • Assemble a contact list of grocery stores and community advocates, and release a public beta.

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