Written by K8 Qamunde Monday, 23 April 2012 19:12
These great machines help us maneuver through crazy traffic especially when we are getting late for meetings if not attending to emergencies where you need to appear at point B within the shortest time possible. In addition to this, they do not cost as a much as a taxi cab would.
Written by Admin Sunday, 14 August 2011 19:57
Written by Maks Friday, 10 June 2011 12:14
Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta finally presented this year’s budget speech in which he proposed to raise and spend 1.5 trillion shillings over the next one year. For the first time this year’s budget exempted some taxes and was read a day before it is traditionally read.
It was also the first time that the reading of a budget was not preceded by fun fare and concluded with a garden party at parliament grounds. But the budget did not meet the expectations of many citizens.
Several members of the public we spoke with said the budget was not fair and sensitive issues affecting them were not addressed. Reduction of tax on fuel is expected to reduce food prices by 40%.
The release of the budget having been done, the big question is why the government failed to adhere to the constitutional requirement that the budget is released for scrutiny before it is read. It is also hoped that next financial year, the finance minister will be keen to follow the requirement of the constitution.
Written by www.advocate.com Tuesday, 07 June 2011 14:36
Banks have always found a way to help the rich, regardless of sexual orientation, manage their money, but more recently some savvy financial services companies have found ways to make client services fruitful for the rest of us too.
Should they title the house together, and what would the tax implications be for that? Now that they owned property, whom should they go to in order to get their wills—and their living wills—in order, and who would help them figure out what their new tax situation was going to be? There were other questions as mundane as, Did they need to open a joint account to pay the mortgage? Still, there was no one place they could turn to gather all the necessary information. In addition to meeting with real estate brokers and mortgage brokers, they had to seek the advice of an attorney and a financial planner. And all that required money, of course, into the thousands of dollars.
“There really are no protections for same-sex couples if something happens to one or the other,” Moore says. “It is overwhelming what we have to do in order to protect each other.”
While the wealthy—gay or straight—have long had money management help at their fingertips, only recently has the personal finance industry geared services toward gay clients. A big service gap remains to be filled with regard to the gay lower and middle classes, but some institutions are now reaching out to a specifically gay clientele and not just the superrich. They’re reaching out to the rest of us too.
The denial of federal marriage equality in particular presents a money problem for gays. Straight married couples are viewed as one economic entity and are automatically protected when one spouse dies or when that couple divorces. Yet same-sex couples have no such protections and are vulnerable to onerous tax rates or attacks on shared assets by blood relations, whom the government often sees as the next of kin, denying a spousal relationship.
“It boils down to marriage rights,” says Jennifer Hatch, president of Christopher Street Financial, one of the oldest financial advisories for gays and lesbians, based in New York. “The average straight couple gets a lot of their financial setup simply by saying ‘I do.’”
For tax purposes the federal government views same-sex couples as business partners, so everything that involves assets—building them and sharing them—is taxed as if it is part of a business relationship. House buying is the prime example. If one partner buys it but adds the other to the title, the spouse is required to file a gift-tax return with the federal government. (The same thing goes for giving your partner other property, like an expensive car.) Even if a couple buy a house together and use a title called joint tenancy with right of survivorship, there may be undesirable estate tax issues upon one partner’s death. And if that couple haven’t set up a proper will, a surviving partner could wind up sharing the abode with the deceased’s distant family members, whom the courts might view as the legitimate heirs to the property.
Nevertheless, as the concept of family has evolved, so too has the understanding by banks and other financial institutions that gay customers are worth pursuing. Since the mid 1990s, about the time that employee groups started pushing large corporations to extend domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples, corporate America began to see gays and lesbians as an increasingly important market. Some banks that cater to the wealthy have set up new—or modified existing—practices to engage gay clients. Northern Trust in Chicago, for example, typically deals with high-net-worth individuals, with $1 million or more in assets to invest. In January it rolled out its LGBT and Non-Traditional Family Practice, which focuses on the financial planning needs of same-sex and domestic partners.
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