Estate Tax – The 2010 Step Up Basis Nightmare

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The old saying is the best laid plans of mice and men so often seem to go wrong. When it comes to the government, this is a statement that is used the vast majority of the time since the bumbling of politicians creates some situations that are simply head shakers. This is exactly the case with the step up basis in estate tax for 2010.

This can get confusing, so let’s start off with the basics. The step up basis is simply the value of some asset at a date in time from which a gain is calculated. Let’s say I buy a share of Microsoft in 1990 [I wish!] and I sell it today. I would pay rather large capital gains taxes on the gain in value of that share of stock between 1990 and 2010.

The passing of an asset from a deceased person to their heirs triggers a bit of a different calculation. Let’s assume the same situation as above. Instead of selling the stock in 2010, I die after being attacked by a bear [might as well make it exciting] in 2002. At that point, my stock is transferred to my daughter per my written will. This transfer constitutes a taxable event. Historically, she would pay tax on the gain from the date of my death till she sold the item. The use of my date of death allows her to -step up- the value of the stock instead of pay taxes on all the gains since 1990.

The Bush tax cuts were designed to reduce a number of taxes, but they went a step farther with the estate tax. They were designed to phase it out. In fact, there is no estate tax in 2010. That is nice and all, but the problem is the step up basis for capital gains above is now gone for the year. Instead of paying capital gains on the increase in value from the date of my death, she will have to pay them on the gains from 1990. That is a huge difference and constitutes a massive amount of money going out of my family and to the government. What did the government do for this money? Nothing, I just died!

Is there anything one can do about this mess with the step up basis? Unfortunately, there is not. It is simply another example of the government creating a mess with the best of intentions.

Barry Milton writes about tax planning and other financial planning subjects for UFCAmerica.com.

What Is The Central Contractor Registry (ccr)

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The Central Contractor Registry (CCR) is the main vendor database for the United States federal government. It first collects, then validates and stores, and finally disseminates data “in support of agency acquisition and award missions.” One of the major steps in this process is the federal vendor registration – i.e. where contractors need to go first in order to bid on federal bids. This registration is free.

Any organization seeking to work with the federal government under “a FAR – based contract must be registered in CCR before being awarded a contract.” Prospective vendors are required to be registered in Central Contractor Registry before the award of a contract basic agreement, basic ordering agreement or blanket purchase agreement. And it is a requirement for all registrants, both current and potential, to register in CCR in order to be awarded by the federal government.

What is required to register?

A Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number. A nine digit number provided by the commercial company D&B. The process to request takes about ten minutes and it is free of charge.
Tax Identification Number (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Employe Information
Company Information
Electric Funds Transfer (EFT) Information
For more Information, please click here

But HOW do I register?
It’s a very simple and stress-free process with only two steps. First, access the Central Contractor Registry online registration through the home page. Find the “Start New Registration,” and click on it.

Second and final step, complete and submit the online application. If you have all the information required, the registration process takes around one hour to complete. However, that is up to the size and complexity of your business or organization.

To learn more go to AllGovBids.com to learn more about registering with the Federal government, as well as state and local government entities. Every government entity vendor registration is different, and even can include different sets of vendor forms and instructions. AllGovBids.com has archived these vendor forms, registration instructions and portals for every level of government, from Federal registration through CCR (Central Contracting Registry) to state and local governments.

To access these vendor forms and links go to AllGovBids.com, login or create an account, and click “Bidding Resources” in the navigation bar. Direct links to government resources can be found by clicking on the “Bidder Resources” section.

Resources:

Central Contracting Registry. US Federal Government. Web. .

Axial Fan Housing With Integral Venturi

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The present invention relates to the field of fans for displacing air. More particularly, the invention relates to vane-axial fans for aerating, heating, or drying agricultural spaces and grain stored therein. The present invention provides an improved housing having an integral venturi for such fans. Axial fan and heater is well known in the agricultural arts. Such fans are typically mounted to the outside of a grain bin near its bottom. The outlet end of the fan housing communicates with the grain bin while the inlet end extends outside the bin. The inlet end typically includes a vertical endplate having an inlet opening. Outside air is drawn through the inlet opening then circulated through the bin to dry or aerate the grain before being vented from the bin.

Attaching a venturi to the inlet end of the fan has been found helpful in reducing fan inlet losses due to turbulance, and thus enhances air flow performance. Existing venturis for axial fans comprise a separate ring-shaped attachment mounted on the inlet endplate outwardly adjacent the intake opening. These venturi attachments protrude outwardly beyond the inlet endplate, which lengthens the overall package length of the fan and invites damage from collisions.

The present invention provides an integral venturi housing for an vane axial fan. The housing includes a main body having an outlet end and an inlet end opposite the outlet end. An inlet endplate is secured across the inlet end of the main body of the housing and has an inlet opening therein circumscribed by an adjacent venturi-shaped flange integrally formed in the inlet endplate so as to extend axially into the main body toward the outlet end. The inlet end of the main body can be fitted and secured against the inner surface of the flange to hold the inlet endplate in place.

Whereas the invention has been shown and described in connection with the preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood that modifications, substitutions, and additions may be made which are within the intended broad scope of the following claims. From the foregoing, it can be seen that the present invention accomplishes at least all of the stated objectives.

You Can Have A Garden By Setting Up Your Terrace

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Because of population growth we usually find out that we dont have enough garden space. However, you can still have the garden that you want with the use of garden planters. Planters enable you to grow ornamental plants in your home. There are many plant containers that are available today and they usually come in various colours, shapes, designs and styles. With the use of planters, you can place flowering plants inside or outside your homes.

Choosing a Planter

One of the things you should consider before purchasing a planter is how they are going to look inside or outside your house. You should also put in mind the plant that is going to be transplanted and decide which type of planters would match to those plants. Although appearance is important you should also put into consideration whether the type of planters will support the growth of your plants.

One of the most important factors to consider is the size. Size does matter for two reasons. First, big shrubs cant grow in smaller pots unless it is a bonsai. Secondly, you cant place large planters in the corners of the smaller rooms. When you are planning to buy a planter you should always choose the appropriate size.

Setting Up a Terrace Garden

If you dont have a backyard or lawn but have a terrace, you can set up a terrace garden of your own. You should always bear in mind the theme that you want to emphasize before buying a set of planters. Even if you are only planning to set up a simple shrubbery, having a good set of planters that harmonize with each other will make your terrace look majestic.

When choosing a planter you should always choose quality before anything else. Planters that have poor quality will easily crack when it is under pressure or even with slight movements. There is also a probability that they are going to break when sudden changes in temperature occur. If you want to set up a terrace garden without taking too much time in maintenance, you should invest in more sturdy containers.

You can find planters in your local store and it comes in various styles and designs. You can search the internet beforehand in order to get a good picture of the right type of planter for your plants. Once you have completed setting up your terrace you might be surprised that your simple terrace has been transformed into a majestic courtyard and became an ideal place to rest and relax.

FENG SHUI – DOES THE COLOR OF SOIL MATTERS

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Besides the types of mountain and hills, what can you look for when selecting a property in a locality with prosperity and posterity in mind?

You should make close observation on the quality of soil that make up the land in the vicinity of the neighborhood.

In Feng Shui, the natural environment we lived in provides us with life giving energy known as qi. It is the life force that sustains all living things on earth. From the highest peak of the mountain, qi flows along the natural contours of the land and makes it way down the valleys where water is located. It is carried by the wind and gathers at the boundary of water.

When you are looking for a suitable property to make your home, you should observe whether there is any mountain or hill around the area. If there is and it is lush with vegetation, you can tap into the qi that is strong and vitalizing.

But if you would like to know what types of qi is available in the area, you can start by looking at what is below the ground. Qi flows on top and below the ground. Earth is a natural conductor of qi and naturally you can determine the types of qi it carries from observing the soil. The secret is in the color of the soil. To do this, you need to dig about 2 feet into the ground. First, pay attention to the texture of the soil. If it is soft and loamy (with a mixture of clay, sand and some decayed vegetable matter), it indicates positive qi and therefore good quality. Whereas if the soil tends to be rocky and pebbly (with mostly stones), it is not conducive for positive qi to take root. Secondly, by examining the soil’s natural color, we can determine the types of qi it contains. Based on Feng Shui concept, there are five elemental phases of qi namely, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element takes on a color.

The following is a general guide as to what each color means in relation to the soil:-

Green colored soil denotes wood qi and is associated with nobility, benevolence and growth

Red or purple colored soil denotes fire qi and is associated with passion and spirituality

Yellowish colored soil denotes earth qi and is associated with wealth and stability

Pale white colored soil denotes metal qi and is associated with power and authority

Black colored soil denotes water qi and is associated with intelligence and traveling.

For more of such articles, you can visit proactive-qi.com and bazidestiny.yolasite.com which offers free reading of your birth chart based on Chinese Four Pillars of Destiny (Ba Zi).

Mumbai Developer Hiranandani Group Has Acquired Land Worth Rs 800 Cr

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Hiranandani upscale, a Mumbai developer Hiranandani Group, is learned to have bought 135 acres in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai for Rs 800 crore. According to a person involved in the transaction, the agreement was signed last month between Hiranandani upscale and three vendors in these cities. “The three parcels of land comprising 80 acres in Bangalore, Chennai 35 acres and 20 acres in Hyderabad,” said the person. Hiranandani Upscale development plans in these cities, townships at a later date.

The sale of these parcels have been on a farm and Hiranandani premium payment would be in three installments. It is estimated that the company has paid an initial amount (token money). Asked about the deal, Surendra Hiranandani, Managing Director, Hiranandani Group Hiranandani upscale and confirmed to ET the company plans to launch new projects in South India, but refused to share accurate data on trafficking .

It is learned that the company would raise funds for the operation through private placement to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) level. According to the same person involved in the case, Hiranandani upscale is in talks with four private equity players – three foreign and domestic – to increase fairness in the development of these projects. Mr. Hiranandani said: “We are not able to share information, but can only confirm that we are talking to some players for an EP to a SPV. Hiranandani upscale is an unlisted company, and will focus on projects outside Mumbai, with plans to enter the market in northern India at a later stage.
The Hiranandani group has plans to develop townships in the three cities on the outline of his plan Powai in Mumbai. Projects in the three cities will focus on the highest income group. It is reported that the projects will begin in two years and could take three years for completion. The operation is important because there are not too many great deals that take place in the real estate sector now. In the recent past, the offers have largely taken place in Mumbai. Last month, DLF sold its stake in its plot MIDC Andheri-Mumbai Rs 200 crore, while in May, DLF has also sold its stake in a property, also in Mumbai. The number of transactions has fallen as a result of the economic slowdown and liquidity.

Montpelier Vermont real Estate All About the Property at 55 Dyer Ave.

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Could there be something much better-than having a parcel of property that will offer your family security and them feel closer to nature? The land that it is located on is 17.8 acres wide creating the house at 55 Dyer Ave. invaluable for home owners. It includes you some wonderful vistas of the woodlands along with a serene meadow along with two ponds which are teaming with trout and bass along with an extensive backyard that outlines the exterior are a significant sight. It experienced a major overhaul back in 2003 and is one the best properties in Montpelier.

The Interior of the Home

Although it may not seem like it at first glance, this home has lots of living space inside and it measures 4,200 sq. ft. to be precise. Your kitchen is excellent and is packed with features such as a sub-zero fridge, an oven on the wall, and a couple microwaves. Other characteristics you will see in the kitchen are two dishwashers and two or three disposals.

In addition, you receive a really big family room using a fireplace that may keep you warm whenever the temperature begins to drop. Should you’re feeling like being alone and only want to relax, then you certainly can go check out the den. Should you choose to feel like visiting the den, then you’ll be thrilled to see its wonderful entertainment center.

The primary level has three bedrooms and one of those bedrooms occurs to your private suite that will cause you to feel as you’re residing in a luxury hotel. Downstairs is a huge game room where you can simply forget about your issues to get a while and love some games with your family and friends. Other areas to examine downstairs are the 4th bedroom as well as just one partial bath. There’s even a jacuzzi in the back deck of the house, too.

Let’s Go to the Outside

At 17.8 acres, the outside is fairly huge and provides some pretty panoramic views of Montpelier. If you’re feeling like pursuing some fish, then you can always try to catch some trout or bass in both ponds near to the residence. You can even visit the gardens and relax just a little bit while basking in the pleasant view of the woodlands.

There is, in addition, a recently constructed barn situated just outside your home that you could use like a garage to accommodate up to four vehicles or as a personal workspace or hobby space. This house is really one of a kind and at $849,000, is readily on of the top ones available in the Montpelier Vermont real estate market. Don’t jump with this home.Montpelier real estate

Decorating Your Kids Room Soar Through This Process With Airplane Kids Bedding

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As a kid, I grew up on the south side of Chicago pretty close to Midway Airport. I was close enough that when a plane started to land all you could hear is the roar of the jet engines. My brother and I would go running out of the house as fast as we could to catch the planes landing. Our faces would be in amazement from the sizes of these planes and just how close we thought they would come to us. I remember telling my brother that when I grow up I was going to be a pilot.

Now just because I didnt become a pilot doesnt mean I stopped being interested in airplanes. That is whats great about airplanes. It is something that most kids dont grow out of. A lot of young kids become so fascinated with them that they make every toy they have fly. It could be a fire truck they have, maybe their G.I. Joe or Barbie doll (depending on if theyre a boy or girl), or just a pillow they sleep on. With their big imaginations, children can make anything happen.

That is the perfect reason to turn their room into a little airplane hangar. I think that airplane kids bedding is the perfect solution to decorate your childs room. Although it is more popular amongst little boys, it doesnt mean that your little princess cant have the dream of flying a plane or even becoming a stewardess. With airplane bedding all around, your childs dreams could be right in front of their eyes.

For the boys airplane bedding, the different colors of blue are what make these sets stand out. Blue seems to be the color of choice for a lot of kids bedding and nothing is different with the airplane bedding sets. The different combinations and varieties of blues will bring a special touch to your little ones bedroom. Dont forget about all the characters you can find on airplane bedding. There are some unique designs of stars, clouds, other vehicles, stop lights, and many different types of planes. You have some very nice choices to choose from.

Depending on how much you want to spend on this project might determine which accessories you decide to decorate the room with. You may need a lamp if theres not much lighting. Wall dcor is very popular because it gives the room a little pizzazz. All of these choices are up to you. You might even want to ask your young one if they want to help out. After all it is going to be their room and it will make the experience that much better for everybody.

Feng Shui and the Lottery

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People are wiling to try all sorts of things if they think that it may help them to win the lottery and one lady has suggested that practising the ancient art of feng shui can help.

Eileen Chen who has been a practioner and a fan of of feng shui for over 10 years claims if that applying the same principles can improve ones chances of a lottery win. She began to read up on Bazi which is an ancient form of divination based on birth date and time. She says it can have an effect on a persons luck and character. She believes a combination of Bazi and Feng shui is good.

Mrs Chen was speaking to the Star Online about applying these principles when setting up a new home and applied it to decor, furnishings and layout. and believes it has great impact on her mood, well being, finances and energy and also

Lotto fans may feel like trying anything if it will raise their chances of a big win playing something like Italian SuperEnalotto – and one person has claimed the ancient art of feng shui can help.

Eileen Chen says:-

-If there is no indication in a person’s Bazi that he will strike a lottery and become rich, no amount of feng shui and renovation to the house will make him strike the lottery.

However, the chances of a person who has an indication of wealth in his Bazi to get a windfall is higher when the right time comes if his house feng shui is good,-

Perhaps this is something that could work for us.

Alternative we may just like to continue with our existing ways of seeking that lottery win.

Whatever you do, best of luck and have fun.

Tony Bayliss How to inprove your chances of a lottery win

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Important Vastu Tips for Home

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Your home is nothing but your extension as believed by the Vastu Shastra, one of the sacred Hindu Scriptures that deals with the architecture, design and directions of specific areas of residential or commercial constructions. It is said that a house that meets the criteria and parameters as set by the vastu brings peace, prosperity, health and happiness to its residents and many people vouch that they have had different experiences on different vastu arrangements. The popularity of vastu has not only remained to India but it has transcended to other countries as well and people have experienced pleasant changes after implementing Vaastu Tips for Home. Vastu implementation is not as complicated as Astrological Match Making that has several facets and needs the consultation of expert, rather it can be easily implemented by you also. However, taking consultation from a vastu expert or a knowledgeable astrologer can be the best possible way to ensure peace and prosperity.

Let us discuss some normal things whose implementation can help you immensely.

If your master bed is large and you have split the mattresses and you wake up every morning without feeling fresh then possibly it is time to get a unified single mattress for the larger bed. Splitting the mattress can sap your energy and is not recommended in vastu. In the present times, LCDs and LEDs adorn the bedrooms but vastu does not recommend TV or any sort of energy sapping devices in eth bedroom. Always arrange the furnitures of your drawing room so that it resembles octagon, square or circle. Wayward orientation will keep you restless so arrange them according the prescribed format and soon you will gain the much needed peace of mind. Generally, people tend to keep mops or brooms in kitchen as they are regularly used after the preparation of meal etc. However, vastu strongly recommends that they should be kept outside the kitchen. Corners are the most neglected potion of any house but it must be bright and you must ensure that substantial amount of light reaches there. This will help you in overcoming many obstacles in your work. People have developed the liking to grow thorny plants like cactus in their house which is again not recommended by the vastu. Ensure that your house has proper air circulation and that sunlight reaches in the house properly.

These things can easily be implemented and you will soon discover the benefits thereafter.