New edition of The Complete Charity VAT Handbook

first_imgNew edition of The Complete Charity VAT Handbook [Tweet “New edition of The Complete Charity VAT Handbook: “] Melanie May | 29 January 2016 | News  139 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 The new, fourth edition of the handbook provides a complete guide for charities on VAT issues explaining charity entitlements and reliefs and how to take full advantage of them.The Complete Charity VAT Handbook covers:o    How VAT operates for both registered and unregistered charitieso    When you need to charge VAT and how to decideo    Recovering the VAT on purchases and handling VAT on overhead costso    Obtaining exemptions from paying VAT and maximising reliefso    Dealing with international transactions and group structuresThe guide is aimed at charity finance managers, accountants, book-keepers, and anyone else who deals with charity finances on a daily basis, and its advice and information will relevant for all not-for-profit organisations, including schools and social enterprises.The handbook is co-authored by author and advisor on charity taxation and accounting, Alastair Hardman, and chartered accountant and partner at Sayer Vincent, Kate Sayer, who also explains how VAT can affect charities in a video on the DSC site: About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Finance Law / policy VATcenter_img Sayer said:“The purpose of our guidance is to provide information so that good decisions can be made to act both legally and in the best interests of the charity’s beneficiaries”.The handbook is available on the DSC site at the introductory price of £40 during January at www.dsc.org.uk/vat.  138 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL0cZvrDBJw[/youtube] Advertisementlast_img read more

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INTERVIEW: Papadosio’s ‘Earth Night’ Organizer Jason Takahashi Talks Political Engagement

first_imgEarth Night has been a staple of Papadosio’s touring calendar for the better part of a decade. This year, the seventh-annual celebration is set to take place in Chicago at Concord Music Hall on Saturday, December 16th, and will feature performances by host band Papadosio as well as Dirtwire (featuring David Satori of Beats Antique) and Lapa (also known as Ilya Goldberg of Emancipator). It was also recently announced that Concord Music Hall will host a pre-party on Friday, December 15th, with Papadosio performing a Live PA set along with support from Zombie Mañana. Tickets for Earth Night on Saturday, December 16th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. Pre-party tickets for Friday night can be purchased here.Earth Night 2017 Promo Video[via The Earth Night Network]2017 has been particularly special for the renowned jamtronica act Papadosio. This summer, the band performed their second-ever headlining performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, marking yet another major success in the band’s consistent upward trajectory within the scene. The Asheville, North Carolina-based progressive space rock act’s fanbase is consistently growing, and it’s no secret why. In addition to their beyond-tight and characteristic fusion of the jam and electronic music, the group’s dedication to giving back—both to fans and to causes they care deeply about—is unparalleled.Unsurprisingly, Earth Night’s mission of “Music – Tech – Art – Action” will be ever-present at this year’s highly anticipated event. As is the Papadosio way, the group has adopted a powerful ethos for the annual event, treating fans to dialed-in musical performances by socially conscious artists while also hoping to empower attendees to make a difference in this constantly changing world. Tickets for Earth Night on Saturday, December 16th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. Pre-party tickets for Friday night can be purchased here.Ahead of this blowout event, Live For Live Music was able to chat with event organizer and producer Jason Takahashi about the importance of staying engaged and fighting for important causes, and specifically, those related to the pressing matter of global climate change. Takahashi, also known as “Taka,” worked as the producer of Papadosio’s visual show between 2012 through 2016, in addition to organizing the first-ever Earth Night back in 2009. Read on to see our conversation with Jason “Taka” Takahashi and see what he had to say about Earth Night’s mission this year.Live For Live Music: Over the last seven years, Earth Night has become a staple of the Papadosio touring calendar. Regardless of what city the event takes place in, Dosio always headlines. Why is this event so important to you?Jason Takahashi: Well, it’s a tradition the band and I started when Sam Brouse and I were undergrad students in upstate New York at Skidmore College in 2009. I think over the years, it just evolved into a way to host a special event around the holidays and catch up with a lot of friends, while also paying respects to the world that sustains us and the things we often overlook in our busy lives. I’m glad the guys have continued to enjoy playing it and hosting it with me. A good example of a small seed coming to life and growing throughout the years.L4LM: When looking at an event like Earth Night as a celebration of this beautiful planet, it’s hard not to think about the changes necessary for a more peaceful and unified existence. There is plenty of negativity out there, but also, clearly, positives as well. Where do we stand in 2017?JT: Most days, it seems like humanity is on the verge of breakthrough and breakdown. Science and technology are constantly discovering new horizons, while many of our institutions and cultural norms are seemingly being broken down. When Earth Night started, it was a part of a political science thesis project I put together—I basically sought to connect ancestral intelligence with artificial intelligence under the premise that our future can’t be written without really understanding more about our past. While I still find that very much to be true in regards to lost ancestral and indigenous knowledge of the Earth, there’s almost no time to spare in addressing and standing up to the direct environmental threats to our world and lives. It seems we have the tools and knowledge, but not the consensus about how to move forward. As artists, we’re constantly trying to understand how to establish that connection.“We Can Always Come Back” from Atlanta Earth Night 2015[via The Earth Night Network]L4LM: When thinking about Earth and the climate, inevitably, politics come into play. In the music world—specfically when artists get behind various causes—people get easily agitated, calling for artists to “keep the politics out of music.” But, the spirit of rock and roll and music in general has always been closely tied to such issues. What are your thoughts on how an artist should tread on these hot topics, whether it be in their actual music or the causes they get behind?JT: It’s definitely a slippery path for an artist to stake out some political ground, and I think it depends on each artist. I’m constantly inspired by artists who go out of their way to give a voice or lend their support back to their respective communities. Giving back is always a welcome gesture, which Earth Night and Papadosio have tried to do every year since its inception. However, when it comes to creating awareness or conversation around difficult topics in our political sphere, I think it’s good to pick your battles and commit to a cause.For us, it’s largely been making ourselves heard and protecting this planet for future generations of humans, animals, and plants alike. This year, we will focus our efforts on supporting the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) because they are spearheading legal battles to protect us and our planet from the catastrophic consequences of climate change. You could say it’s a way of shielding ourselves from some of the more difficult discussions, but every single other political issue will be exasperated by this single conflict that we face, so it must be met head on.L4LM: With the current administration recently proposing legislation to roll back the Clean Power Plan and end various emissions regulations on the coal industry, it makes one wonder why it is so difficult to end the use of coal and move forward with renewable energies such as solar, wind, ocean waves, and geothermal heat. Is this a war on science and common sense for the love of money?JT: The current administration is less of a representation of average Americans and more so a game of monopoly for old-world business tycoons and conglomerates. Scott Pruitt is dismantling the EPA piece by piece and sacrificing the work of the hundreds of willing public servants, scientists, and innovators of the last administration. I don’t expect this to last very long, as it seems like the last gasping breaths of a dying industry—but it just so happens to have terrible timing. It’s a further reminder that people need to vote in the 2018 midterms and stop people like Pruitt, a man who sued the EPA over a dozen times on behalf of dirty energy companies, from ever stepping foot in a confirmation hearing. Nevertheless, incredible clean-power solutions are becoming more mainstream than ever before. While this election has definitely been one of the harshest setbacks for both civil rights and environmental regulations, I hope we can transmute our disgust into action and really start to get our generation involved in the renovating of the Republic.L4LM: How do you think we keep fighting the good fight in a positive fashion, without all of the divisiveness?JT: The biggest thing for me, personally, has been the work I’ve been doing with kids recently. I took a position last year teaching technology classes around the Denver Public School district, and it’s given me a lot of hope and courage to keep fighting on behalf of the next generation while trying to pass on some of the values I find important. I think continuing to uncover the possibilities in the arts and technology is one of the great unifying factors as well. It brings people of all walks together to dig deeper into what we’re truly capable of and what our collective purpose might be.L4LM: We appreciate your time and thoughtful responses, Jason. Best of luck with Earth Night this year!* Jason specializes in live concert visual production, digital content creation, event production, artist management, and K-12 technology education. Check him out at www.JasonTakahashi.com.Tickets for Earth Night on Saturday, December 16th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. Pre-party tickets for Friday night can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.[cover photo courtesy of Keith Griner @ Phierce Photo]Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets + More Below!last_img read more

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Colombian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in U.S. Prison

first_img A Colombian drug trafficking leader named Christian Borda, involved with paramilitaries in smuggling cocaine into the United States, was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment by the U.S. justice, the Department of Justice reported. By Dialogo August 07, 2013 Borda, aka ‘Tony’, was sentenced by Judge Gladys Kessler, District of Columbia (encompassing Washington) and will serve a minimum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment, according to the text. “Christian Borda will spend 25 years in prison for leading a massive international drug trafficking operation which conspired to smuggle large amounts of cocaine into the United States,” prosecutor Mythili Raman said in a statement. His drug-trafficking and money laundering activities “paved the way for terrorist activities perpetrated by the AUC (United Self Defenses, Colombian paramilitaries, disarmed) Michele Leonhart, director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated. In addition, he was also condemned to 10 years of parole and to pay a fine of $6.5 million. Until his arrest in 2008, age 49, he led from Colombia an organization that smuggled “tons of cocaine” into the U.S. and other markets, through Mexico, the Department of Justice added. In 2009, he was extradited to the United States. In 2010, he was found guilty of conspiracy for the distribution of five or more kilos of cocaine, with the plan of smuggling them into the United States.last_img read more

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Thought leadership – Faster payments? Or same day ACH?

first_imgSame Day ACH payments are on the way and are expected to have huge impact on how payments are made in today’s environment. Same Day ACH is planned to move payments and payment related information quicker to ensure any ACH payment can reach anyone, anywhere across the country regardless of which credit union or bank is used.On September 23, 2016, phase one of the Same Day ACH 3-year planned roll-out becomes mandatory for financial institutions in the U.S. This means that credit unions and banks (and other third-party financial institutions) will be required to accept credit transactions that are assigned the current day’s effective date, and settle on the same day. Prior to this change, settlement for credit transactions has been 1 to 2 business days. FIs have until Sept 2017 before being required to support same day debit ACH. A fee of 5.2 cents per same day transaction is assessed by the originating FI and passed through to the receiving FI. It is yet to be seen whether the originating FI will pass on these charges to its customers or absorb them as a cost of doing business.Largest CU’s to offer same day originations by end of the yearWhile credit unions and banks must be ready to receive same day ACH, not all will be originating. It is believed that the largest credit unions and banks will offer same day originations by the end of the year, primarily those FIs that offer payroll services or have merchant acquiring portfolios that may want to offer their merchants a speedier settlement to help with cash flow. However, it does require extra effort on the part of the receiving institution. They need to understand the schedules for receiving same day ACH and posting the transactions; their vendors need to be prepared to process those transactions in the required windows. And as volume dictates, some level of automation may be needed to meet the requirements. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Sex crimes earns man 15 years behind bars

first_imgHansel was found on guilty on Oct. 29, 2019. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says 38-year-old Raymond A. Hansel will serve 15 years to life in prison for predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A2 Felony, and three 1st degree rape charges. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for sex-related crimes in Broome County Court Thursday.center_img The district attorney’s office says the crimes were committed against a girl under 13-years-old in the towns of Union and Conklin over a greater than three-month duration.last_img

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Police respond to fatal motorcycle, tractor crash in Pennsylvania

first_imgPolice say 47-year-old James Place was killed when his motorcycle struck a tractor making a left-hand turn onto a field on Rolling Hills Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. They say Place was unable to stop his motorcycle. SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WBNG) — Pennsylvania State Police say one person is dead in a motorcycle and tractor crash in Bradford County Sunday. A passenger riding along on the motorcycle was thrown off of it and was injured. The driver of the tractor was not hurt, police say. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.last_img

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Ward comes back to honor ‘Positive Athletes’

first_imgby Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier In his first public appearance in Pittsburgh since his retirement, former Steeler Hines Ward stood in front of 26 student athletes that were honored from around the area and their families at the Heinz History Center. Ward established a partnership with Positive Athlete, a national organization based in Atlanta, to help recognize the accomplishment of those in the Greater Pittsburgh area.“I started this positive athletes program, just to inspire kids,” Ward said. “I like to encourage (youth) on taking on a new role of joining positive sportsmanship, hanging around positive people, and trying not hang around with negative people all the time. Really, just for them to be encouraging to others and to be a leader in the community.”A third round draft pick of the Steelers in 1997, Ward has served as an international model of what can be deemed a “positive athlete.” Known as one of the toughest wide receivers in NFL history, Ward is also noted for keeping a smile through the game’s toughest moments.“Hines is one of our lead guys for, not only what this program does in the city of Pittsburgh, but all over the country,” Positive Athlete Executive Director Scott Pederson said.More than 170 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents representing 75 different Western Pa. high schools, some as far away as Erie, Pa., were submitted through the Positive Athlete and MSA Sports websites.The event was emceed by KDKA sports anchor Bob Pompeani, with assistance from MSA Sports broadcasters Lanny Frattare and Don Rebel, and featured a special appearance by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens.Three youth from the Pittsburgh inner-city were honored at the April 21 event.Ben Swaby is a senior baseball star from Allderdice. He’s developed a reputation for being an ‘all-around’ athlete, with his 3.8 GPA and is known for always being positive.“I was initially surprised when I first won this award,” Swaby said. “When my coach first told me, I felt really fortunate and I’ve been looking forward to ever since.”He is torn between attending either the University of Maryland and Allegheny College to play baseball and major in pre-medicine.Christian Joiner, a senior at Central Catholic, is a multi-sport performer in basketball and track and field. His relaxed demeanor has helped his basketball team compete for a WPIAL championship and in the PIAA playoffs. In track, he participates as a long and triple jumper for the Vikings.“I’m in a positive, upbeat environment at my school,” Joiner said. “That’s one of the key things for me to have had on the way to this honor.”He is hoping to attend the University of Akron or Duquesne University in the fall.Brittany Jackson is a sophomore basketball player from Westinghouse. She was a guard on the city’s runner-up that competed with Allderdice all the way to the wire in the Feb. 25 championship game.“Usually, kids from the inner-city are automatically kind of put behind the eight-ball,” Ward said. “They get a misconception that they come from a bad environment and that they’re bad people. You have so many great people that live within the inner-city school district borders. I just think that sometimes it’s a little harder for them (because of) that negative connotation that they’re bad people because of where they come from.”“Hines told me when we selected him for this, that the kind of athletes he was looking for (to be honored) was the kind that would keep smiling after anything, both good and bad,” Pederson said. “I think that’s what we were able to do.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.) OUTSTANDING MALE AND FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES—26 area athletes gathered at the Heinz History Center on April 21 to receive awards given for their accomplishments as students and citizens. last_img read more

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