first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By diocesan staffPosted Aug 19, 2013 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal Diocese of Virginia press release] Church of the Holy Cross Korean will begin worshiping in the chapel at Truro Church in September,  a temporary move that will re-establish an Episcopal presence in Fairfax City.“This is an exciting time for the members of Holy Cross Korean as they look to the future,” said the Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff, bishop suffragan, who oversees the diocese’s Dayspring initiative. “The chapel at Truro will offer the congregation the space and flexibility it needs for worship and fellowship.” The initial agreement for Holy Cross’ use of the Truro space extends through the middle of next year.The move to Truro will mark the end of Holy Cross Korean’s presence at St. Paul’s, Bailey’s Crossroads, in Falls Church, where the Korean congregation has been worshipping for 13 years.“St. Paul’s and Holy Cross have forged strong ties and built meaningful relationships in their years sharing the same worship space,” said Goff. “Now, it’s time for Holy Cross to move to a new space, and I know that the congregation will be energized by this opportunity.”Those sentiments were echoed by the Rev. Valentine Han, vicar of Holy Cross Korean. “Our arrangement with Truro means that we have our own offices and space, which is wonderful,” said Han. His congregation will join St. Paul’s in a combined service on Aug. 25 to give thanks for their partnership and to offer blessings for the Korean congregation as they embark on a new journey.Members of the Truro congregation left the Episcopal Church in 2006. The resulting property dispute was settled in April 2012.The terms of the settlement allow the Truro congregation to lease the property for a period agreed to by the diocese, currently through the middle of 2015, while reserving the right for the diocese to make use of the chapel on the Truro campus. “The congregation of Truro has been truly hospitable in accommodating the needs of Holy Cross,” said Goff. “We have engaged in several productive conversations with the rector and leadership team at Truro that give us great hope for an ongoing relationship built on respect and a shared love for Jesus Christ.”The first Sunday at Truro will be Sept. 1 for Holy Cross Korean, a mission congregation that was established in 1984. 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first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel La congregación de la iglesia episcopal de Santiago Apóstol en Bozeman, Montana, cubrió la pintada de una suástica sobre un cartel de la iglesia con mensajes en corazones color rosa. Foto de la iglesia de Santiago vía Facebook.[Episcopal News Service] Los símbolos del odio aparecieron al parecer de repente en forma de pintada sobre el cartel del frente de la iglesia episcopal de Santiago Apóstol [St. James Episcopal Church] en Bozeman, Montana A la mañana siguiente, el 10 de septiembre, los feligreses habrían recobrado su cartel con mensajes de amor.El centro del cartel, en el que alguien garrapateó una suástica  en negro, está ahora cubierta de mensajes de esperanza escritos en corazones de papel rosado que se pegaron al letrero mientras la congregación salía del oficio dominical en Santiago Apóstol.“Respondemos al odio con amor”, proclamó la iglesia de Santiago Apóstol en un post de Facebook del 10 de septiembre que muestra el cartel cubierto de corazones.“Nos comprometimos a resistir el racismo y la intolerancia”, dice uno de los corazones.La policía está investigando, pero sigue resultando confuso por qué la iglesia de Santiago Apóstol fuera objeto de este acto vandálico, dijo la Rda. Connie Campbell-Pearson, diácona de la iglesia, en una entrevista con Episcopal News Service. A la congregación se le conoce por sus posiciones progresistas en temas de justicia social, dijo ella, luego pudo haber atraído la indeseable atención de los grupos de odio. Pero la pintada también puede haber sido, simplemente, la obra de un indigente insatisfecho.Ella se mostró mucho más segura de la capacidad de la comunidad de Bozeman de manifestarse contra ataques como este, y eso es lo que sucedió en Santiago Apóstol.Un vecino fue el primero en poner un corazón de papel rosado sobre el cartel que fue vandalizado en la iglesia episcopal de Santiago Apóstol. Foto de Santiago Apóstol vía Facebook.Campbell-Pearson estaba ayudando a dirigir una escuela diocesana para diáconos  en Santiago Apóstol el 9 de septiembre cuando supo del acto vandálico ocurrido afuera. Algunos vecinos lo habían notado temprano esa mañana y comenzaron a llamar y a dejar mensajes con los líderes de la iglesia, quienes luego dieron parte a la policía.Uno de los vecinos que vio la pintada decidió poner el primer corazón rosado, el cual tenía escrito una sola palabra “Unafraid” [“sin miedo”].“Ellos acaban de entibiarme el corazón”, dijo a ENS el Rdo. Greg Smith, sacerdote auxiliar.Mientras los equipos de TV acudían a cubrir el reportaje sobre el vandalismo, los vecinos y feligreses añadieron más corazones al letrero, dijo Smith. La atención de los medios puede haber ayudado a aumentar la asistencia en el servicio dominical del día siguiente, el cual ya se esperaba que fuera uno de los más concurridos del año porque coincidía con la feria del ministerio anual de la parroquia.A partir de esa espontánea muestra de apoyo del día anterior, algunos miembros de la congregación llevaron al oficio corazones rosados y marcadores y se los entregaron a los fieles  a la salida de la iglesia, de manera que pudieran añadir sus mensajes de amor al cartel.“Le dio a la gente un verdadero sentido de poder hacer algo que fuera correcto y apropiado sin que fuese colérico”, dijo Campbell-Pearson.Mientras, el 13 de septiembre, la pintada seguía en el letrero —una suástica sobre las palabras “The Episcopal Church” y el número 666 en el cartel. La congregación espera quitar esos símbolos  en algún momento de la  próxima semana.La iglesia ha sido objeto de actos vandálicos en el pasado, aunque no hubo ningún indicio inmediato que los relacionara con el ataque reciente.Una flores que se encontraban en un macetero de barril fuera de la iglesia resultaron dañadas hace unos dos meses. Y el mes pasado, cuando la iglesia añadió un nuevo cartel al frente con el mensaje “estamos aquí para ti”  [We’re here for you] se robaron el letrero varios días después.Ese letrero fue reemplazado hace aproximadamente una semana antes de que resultara vandalizado durante el fin de semana.“Oremos que el muy confundido perpetrador pueda ser librado de su ira y de su confusión”, publicó la iglesia en Facebook en la tarde del 9 de septiembre.Smith dijo que si la pintada no pudiera quitarse, ya han aparecido donantes que han ofrecido pagar por un letrero nuevo.Franklin Brookhart, obispo de la Diócesis de Montana emitió un comunicado en el que condenaba el acto vandálico.“Aplaudo también a las personas de Bozeman que gentilmente mostraron su apoyo por la parroquia y su desdén por las declaraciones de odio”, dijo Brookhart. “Como personas que han sido bautizadas en la muerte y resurrección de Cristo, debemos morir al racismo, al odio, a la intolerancia y resucitar en novedad de vida al amor de Dios  y al amor del prójimo”.– David Paulsen es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. 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first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Editor’s Note: This is the 18th in a series of 24 articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2017 that were among the most noteworthy. We will post all of them from December 26th and December 31st. Then on Monday, January 1st we will poll our readers and let them decide which is Apopka’s biggest story of 2017.Story #18: Wekiva slams Winter Park 33-6Published November 24th, 2017The storybook season continues…The Wekiva Mustangs used its menacing defense and a second-half scoring spree to overwhelm the #1 seeded Winter Park Wildcats 33-6 to win the 8-A Region 1 final and advance to the state semifinals for the first time in the school’s history.The victory put to rest a winning streak Winter Park held over Wekiva that both knocked them out of the playoffs last season, and was their only loss this year.Photo by Courtney ChisholmThe entire first half was a defensive struggle with Wekiva leading 2-0, but midway through the third quarter, Mustang quarterback Brandon Williams hit junior wide receiver Terrence Moore on a 65-yard touchdown pass, and after an Oscar Salazar kick, Wekiva had a 9-0 lead with 8:10 left in the period.Then after a Winter Park punt, senior running back Birthel Bridges ran 37 yards inside the Wildcat 20, and Williams scored from the two-yard line three plays later to break the game open, giving Wekiva a 16-0 lead with 5:43 left in the third quarter.Terrence Moore catches a 65-yard touchdown. Photo from AGO Action Photos.Winter Park answered on the very next drive when quarterback Cameron LaGree threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Malik Tolbert to close the gap to 16-6. The extra point failed.On the next Winter Park drive, Wekiva safety Brandon Hill picked off LaGree and took it to the Winter Park 33. Williams ran for 10 yards but the drive stalled. Salazar’s 38-yard field goal ended the quarter with Wekiva ahead 19-6.Then with 7:30 left in the game, Erion Lowe intercepted a LaGree pass and returned it for a touchdown, increasing Wekiva’s lead to 26-6.Bridges exorcised all of the demons from this rivalry with a game-clinching 29-yard touchdown run, giving Wekiva an insurmountable 33-6 lead with only 2:28 remaining in the game.The win gives the Mustangs a 12-1 record and puts them only two wins away from a state championship. Next Friday they face the Dr. Phillips Panthers in the state semifinals at the Baptiste Orthodontics Stadium on the campus of Wekiva High School. The Mustangs defeated Dr. Phillips 15-0 earlier this season. The Panthers defeated Sarasota Riverview 28-19 in the Region 2 final to advance.Dr. Phillips shocks Wekiva 28-7 in state semifinalsThe Dr. Phillips Panthers used two big offensive plays in the first half, four interceptions in the second half, and a robust defense throughout to shut down the Wekiva Mustangs 28-7 and advance to the state finals for the second straight season.The Panthers shocked the capacity Wekiva crowd on the first play from scrimmage when sophomore running back Brandon Fields ran through the Wekiva defensive line and raced for a 73-yard-touchdown. After senior placekicker Sterling Stockwell’s successful extra point, Dr. Phillips led 7-0 after only 20 seconds into the game.The loss ends the Mustangs playoff run, a 10-game winning streak, and its record-breaking season. Wekiva finished 2017 with a 12-2 record, which was Wekiva’s best in the school’s history.Then with 2:29 left in the second quarter, lightning struck again when Panther quarterback BeSean McCray took a quarterback sweep through two Wekiva defenders, followed a block, and blew past the Mustang defense 72 yards for a touchdown that gave the Panthers a surprising 14-0 lead at halftime.Cayvian Holmes scores on a 10 yard touchdown run.Despite five trips into Panther territory, the Mustangs came away with no points in the first half. But in the second half, things got significantly worse.Pressing to rally from a 14-point deficit, senior quarterback Brandon Williams threw three interceptions in the first six minutes, one of which Panther defensive back Brian Bell-Anderson took 40 yards for a touchdown and gave the Panthers a 28-0 lead.Wekiva finally answered just before the end of the third quarter when Mustang senior Cayvian Holmes took a jet-sweep handoff from Williams and went 10 yards for Wekiva’s only score. After kicker Oscar Salazar’s kick, Wekiva trailed 28-7 with 2:28 left in the period.It was all the offense the Mustangs could muster against the impressive Panther defense.The loss ends the Mustangs playoff run, a 10-game winning streak, and its record-breaking season. Wekiva finished 2017 with a 12-2 record, their best in school history. They also won their first District 8A-4 title, beat Apopka and Dr. Phillips during the regular season –  all firsts for Wekiva.Editor’s Note: Feature photo (above the article) from AGO Action Photos. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Photo from ABC Action Photos.center_img TAGSWekiva Mustangs Previous articleThe Apopka news year in review: The Apopka Voice changes ownershipNext articleThe Apopka news year in review: Bank robbery suspects arrested in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka City CommissionCommissioner Bill ArrowsmithCommissioner Kyle BeckerLake Apopka Natural Gas DistrictSeat 4 Good Scholarship Previous articleYanny or Laurel? It’s your brain not your ears that decidesNext articlePuerto Rico hurricane evacuees still face challenges finding homes Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Michael Turner You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Reply That is great! Congratulations Mr. Arrowsmith and Commissioner Becker, for you two’s nominations and votes to sit on the board of directors of LANGD! My husband was talking with a propane gas man, and they were just generally talking, and the propane gas guy stated that he had been with the company three years, (a different propane gas company other than LANG) and they are so busy, all the time right now, because of people ordering and getting set up for propane to power their generators, for the upcoming hurricane season. That really surprised me, as I truly don’t know much about that sort of thing, as I just thought that gasoline was the only fuel for the generators, as I have seen the chaos at the service stations with people trying to get gas in multiple containers for the generators during the hurricanes, and in the aftermath, and most of the gas stations were closed because of the power outage, that powers the gas pumps, so I guess this upcoming hurricane season could be a big positive for LANGD. Reply 3 COMMENTS Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Reply center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Arrowsmith and Becker appointed to Lake Apopka Natural Gas District Board of Directors For the past two years, Seat #4 Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker and his Seat #4 predecessor Bill Arrowsmith have teamed-up to give scholarships to Apopka and Wekiva High School seniors who show an aptitude for public service.They call it the Seat 4 Good Scholarship.Commissioner          Kyle BeckerNow the Seat 4 Good tandem will represent Apopka on the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District.At the Wednesday City Council meeting, Arrowsmith and Becker were nominated and voted onto the LANGD Board of Directors by separate 5-0 votes.The Lake Apopka Natural Gas District was established in 1959 to provide natural gas within its defined area of service. The District operates under a commission form of government with the commissioners being appointed by the District’s member municipalities of Apopka, Winter Garden, and Clermont. Five members serve two-year terms which consist of two Apopka residents, two Winter Garden residents, and one Clermont resident. The five-member Board of Directors also votes for its Board President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer among the five members.Arrowsmith and Becker will take over for Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, who served as Vice President of the LANGD Board of Directors, and Commissioner Diane Velazquez, who served as a Director.Commissioner                Bill ArrowsmithArrowsmith was not present at the City Council meeting but did confirm to The Apopka Voice that he would accept the nomination. He added this statement:“It’s quite an honor to serve on the board of this utility. I enjoyed serving in the past as its Vice Chairman. The Lake Apopka Natural Gas District is a great organization.”Becker was also happy to serve on the LANGD Board of Directors.“I am very pleased to have been appointed by my fellow Council members as one of our City’s board members to the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District,” he said. “I feel my business and analytical experience, as well as other Board experience will allow me to effectively represent our City’s interests.  I look forward to helping the District fulfill its mission “To provide competitive natural gas energy services to all consumers within our market area with a commitment to customer courtesy and care with a high regard for the value of our customers, employees and the communities that we serve.”  Within that mission, my focus will be on the competitive nature of the District, as well as the interest of all of their natural gas consumers, both residential and business equally.” May 18, 2018 at 6:21 am Mama Mia James1958 May 18, 2018 at 11:52 am So happy this is happening. Thank you Commissioner Becker and Mr. Arrowsmith for your continued involvement and support! Wonderful Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. May 21, 2018 at 7:17 amlast_img read more

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Free2give.co.uk, the online shopping mall that raised funds for UK charities, has shut up shop.The site’s home page announces that “Free2give Limited and Free2give Holdings have closed down and are no longer operating an online shopping village on behalf of UK charities.”It adds that “all relevant commissions raised up to close of business on 30th June 2003 will be paid in full to Free2give’s charity partners as promptly as possible.” Advertisement  53 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Free2give closes shopcenter_img The site grew out of an Australian initiative and launched in the UK in July 2000. It was promoted by Burnett Associates and the advertising spend was reported to be £5 million. Channel 5 TV gave the company airtime in exchange for equity. On winning the through-the-line account, Burnetts described Free2give as “a unique proposition that is set to create a new genre of shopping and a new mindset.”Free2give teamed up with online merchants who agreed to pay a percentage of sales of products generated. Free2give then passed on these affiliate revenues to its charity partners, who had to undertake to promote the online shopping mall to their supporters.Free2give admitted it was facing some difficulties in 2001: in June 2001 it closed its Australian operation and subsequently reduced its UK staff by 40%.Other online charity shopping malls are still operating, including buy.at and UshopUgive.com. Howard Lake | 7 July 2003 | News Tagged with: Digital Tradinglast_img read more

first_imgSayer Vincent surveys successful information systems One of the steering group, Ajay Burlingham-Böhr, Head of Information Systems at RSPB, said: “Other benchmarking exercises within the charity sector have looked at specific facts and figures. What is missing is a way of getting hold of some of the softer measures. How do we ensure IS strategy is in line with our organisational needs? Which systems really deliver added value? This benchlearning exercise has been well designed to cover some of these more intangible, softer issues and the results will make fascinating and useful reading.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 March 2004 | News Sayer Vincent is launching a survey into what makes for successful investment in information systems (IS) by charities. Sayer Vincent say that this is the first survey of its kind in the sector. It will cover a range of topics including strategic planning and governance of IT projects; IS department staffing profiles; information and system security; systems integration; access to applications and information; outsourcing; project management and expenditure on IS.Charities with more than 100 paid staff are being invited to participate in the survey. To do so you have to pay £250 plus VAT. In return for this they will receive a full version of the final report, which will analyse the findings and draw out best practice. In addition, there will be a participants-only discussion to look at the findings in more detail. Advertisementcenter_img  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_img Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 21 December 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Daily Telegraph has partnered with Oxfam to offer a free download of 10 tracks from Oxfam’s digital music site bignoisemusic.com.The promotion appeared in last week’s Music on Thursday pages in the Daily Telegraph.Tracks available include those by The Zutons, Clare Teal, and Mylo. Advertisementcenter_img Daily Telegraph in Oxfam downloadable music partnership Telegraph readers can download previous Perfect Playlists, part of the Telegraph’s weekly music feature, from Oxfam’s site for £5, half the usual price.Bignoisemusic.com was launched in May 2004 and offers over 400,000 music tracks for download. It receives 10p in every £1 of sales.  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgJust two months after the recent New York Police Department chokehold killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, another video-recorded incident of NYPD brutality occurred on Sept. 20. When Sandra Amezquita, a pregnant woman, rushed to defend her teenage son, who was being detained by cops in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of several police present intervened, throwing her belly-first to the ground! The video shows the officer beating Amezquita with a baton, and then tasing her on her belly. The police push another woman so strongly that she rolls over in the street.Supportive neighbors soon released the video coverage, leaving social media to defend another survivor of police brutality. The mostly working-class and Latino/a community of Sunset Park — which didn’t find this brutality a new experience — quickly mobilized. While the police officer responsible for attacking Amezquita and her supporter was moved to “modified duty” in response to public outrage, community organizers continued to make plans.The result was a militant, spirited and colorful rally and protest on Sept. 27 that marched 20 blocks to Sunset Park’s 72nd Precinct police headquarters. Supporting Chinese, Filipino, Mexican, Black and white neighbors marched behind the Puerto Rican leadership of this call for “El Grito de [the Shout of] Sunset Park.”The sexist nature of the attack was mentioned as children were marching with their parents. Juan Ramos of the NYC Congress for Puerto Rican Rights explained that “we’re here to show solidarity … against this systematic problem in New York City.”These forces will unite again, joined by political groups such as CopWatch and Brooklyn for Peace, for a Sunset Park Town Hall on Sept. 30, where they will demand an end to racist police brutality. In the past week, a cop from the same command was suspended for repeatedly kicking a street vendor who was already subdued. The vendor had been ordered to leave a street and complained that he wasn’t given time to depart.“No justice! No peace! Stop the racist police!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgAs to dispositions before death, for those who can afford it, a lifetime gifting program provides a means of estate tax savings while enjoying the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others. The problem, however, is that the donor is exposed to gift tax on the transfers. That may be mitigated however, through the use of the donor’s annual gift tax exclusion and gift tax applicable exclusion amount. Buy & sell agreement.The farmer or rancher and the family member(s) enter into a life insurance funded buy and sell agreement. If the sale takes place during the farmer’s or rancher’s business life the cash value of the policy can serve as a down payment with the rest of the sales price made up of installments. If it is a sale at death the death proceeds cover the purchase price. Note that due to the flexibility of buy & sell agreements as an exit strategy tool they may also be used with co-owners and outsiders as well as family members. Installment sale to a defective grantor trust.This approach involves the farmer or rancher setting up a trust that has certain provisions that cause the trust’s income tax consequences to be reported to the farmer or rancher. The trust is for the benefit of the family member(s) who is to receive the property or partnership shares. The farmer or rancher generally seeds the trust with a gift of income producing assets that is offset by their $5.12 million gift tax exclusion. The farmer or rancher then enters into an installment sale with the trust. (The rule of thumb is that for every dollar gifted to the trust the trust may purchase ten dollars of property or partnership interests from the farmer.) The trust then pays off the installment notes with the income from the gifted and purchased assets. The result is that since the farmer or rancher is treated as the owner of the trust for income tax purposes, it is as though the farmer or rancher sold the property or partnership shares to themselves and consequently he or she should recognize no taxable gain on the sale. Installment payment of estate tax on farm, ranch or closely-held small business property.If more than 35% of a decedent’s adjusted gross estate consists of an interest in a farm, ranch or other closely-held business, the executor may elect to defer payment of the estate tax attributable to the farm or business for 5 years (paying interest only), and thereafter pay the tax in equal installments over the next 10 years. In addition, pursuant to the 1997 tax act for decedents dying after 1997, interest is imposed at a 2% rate on the first $486,500 of tax (for 2012) The rate imposed on the balance of the deferred tax is reduced to 45% of the rate applied to underpayments of tax. SHARE The decedent must be a resident or citizen of the United States.The property can only pass to certain members of the decedent’s family.The decedent or a member of the decedent’s family must have owned the property and materially participated in the operation of the farm or business for 5 of the 8 years before and after the decedent’s death.The value of the real and personal property used in the farm or business must comprise at least 50% of the value of the decedent’s gross estate.At least 25% of the value of the decedent’s gross estate must be represented by the value of the farm or small business real estate.If the decedent’s family disposes of the property or ceases to use it in the prescribed manner for the required period, the tax benefits are recaptured through the imposition of an additional tax. Marital DeductionThere are several strategies that can be employed to ease or eliminate the federal estate tax burden. At the most basic level, a married farmer or rancher can postpone any estate tax until the death of their surviving spouse by utilizing the unlimited estate tax marital deduction. This is because since 1981 that deduction exempts from tax any property that the decedent leaves to their surviving spouse. Of course, any of that property which is still remaining in the surviving spouse’s hands at his or her death will be exposed to tax but at least the couple gets to postpone any tax until the second death. The ProblemFarmers and ranchers are typically strapped for cash so when one of them dies leaving an estate large enough to be exposed to the federal estate tax the family can expect to have to sell something to cover the tax. That does not have to be the case. The estate tax has been described as a “voluntary” tax. Voluntary, that is, if you are willing and able to take advantage of the planning opportunities that are in the law. If not, life insurance can be a very appealing alternative to having to sell the family farm. By taking the By-Pass Trust/Marital Deduction approach, the advantage becomes apparent when the surviving spouse dies. The value of the property in the By-Pass Trust will not be included in the spouse’s estate and will not be subject to estate tax. The is because the spouse will not be deemed to own the property in the Trust and only property that the spouse owns at death is subject to the estate tax. So, whatever is left in the By-Pass Trust, at the spouse’s death, can go to the couple’s children or other beneficiaries free of estate tax. The individual’s spouse should not be concerned about losing access to the amount in the By-Pass Trust. According to the Trust’s terms, all the income can go to the spouse and the trustee can have the discretion to pay the spouse as much of the principal as necessary. Further, the spouse can have the right to demand the greater of $5,000 or 5% of the Trust principal each year. By-Pass TrustEven though the marital deduction is a great estate planning opportunity it is also a trap for the unwary. That is because while a taxpayer can avoid any estate tax on their death by simply leaving all of their property to their spouse, such an approach may cause an unnecessary increase in estate tax at the surviving spouse’s death. The reason is that the first spouse to die would not be properly utilizing their applicable estate tax exclusion amount. To avoid this problem an individual’s Will is usually drafted to provide that property equal to their applicable estate tax exclusion be placed in what is called a “By-Pass” trust with the remainder of the estate given to the surviving spouse under the marital deduction. This approach still avoids any estate tax at the first death because the amount in the By-Pass Trust is shielded by the applicable estate tax exclusion while the balance is covered by the marital deduction. Family PartnershipsTo gain an understanding of how this concept operates, assume that a married couple owns among other assets a large farm worth $20,000,000 that they would like to pass on to their three children. If the parents were to form a family partnership in 2012 and transfer the farm to the partnership in return for partnership interests, they could make transfers of partnership interests to the children by gift. Assume that the first spouse dies in 2011 with an estate of $15,120,000 when the estate tax applicable exclusion is $5,120,000.Assume further that the surviving spouse has no separate property and dies in 2012. Gifting at a discount.With the above gifting opportunities in mind it is apparent that a farmer or rancher can significantly reduce the size of their estate and consequent estate tax exposure through a gifting program to their heirs using the annual exclusion and $5.12 million applicable exclusion. Moreover, farmers and ranchers may also leverage the annual exclusion and $5.12 million applicable exclusion by repackaging the farm or ranch property that is to be given away in a business structure that allows discounts to be taken against the value of the gift for lack of marketability and lack of control. The idea behind leveraging with discounted gifts is to structure the transfer in a way that allows the value of the gift to be reduced before applying the gift tax annual exclusion and the $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusion. This means that more farm or ranch property can be transferred for the same amount of annual exclusion and $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusion. Section 2032A permits real estate that qualifies to be valued in the estate on the basis of its actual use rather than its higher fair market value. This means that where the provision applies, it grants relief to the heirs of farmers, ranchers and small business owners who wish to carry on the family business and might otherwise find that fair market value produces such a large estate tax that they have to sell the property to pay the tax. It does not require changing the farmer’s or rancher’s life.Premiums are an affordable alternative to large estate reducing gifts. There is a $1,040,000 limit per decedent for 2011 on how much the real estate may be reduced from its fair market value to its actual use value. For example: Facebook Twitter Assume further that the present value of Bill’s right to income is worth approximately $350,000The gift of the remainder to family members is worth approximately $650,000 and may be offset against his $5.12 million lifetime gift tax exclusionIf the trust assets earn 7% per year the family will receive approximately $1,400,000 at the end of 10 years As previously stated, to qualify for this benefit under Internal Revenue Code Section 6166, more than 35% of the decedent’s estate must be comprised of the interest in the farm, ranch or other closely-held business. In applying this rule it does not matter whether the interest is held as a proprietorship, partnership or corporation. It must, however, be operated as an active trade or business since a passive rental of property does not count. In any case, the problem with Section 6166 is that like Section 2032A it puts limits on the family’s use and disposition of the property in question. Because of taxpayer noncompliance with payment obligations the IRS has imposed onerous requirements, such as a surety bond, that mean that Section 6166 is no longer a feasible strategy. Facebook Twitter Self-canceling installment note.This is also an installment sale situation. What is different is that the family member(s) pays a premium for the right to have any unpaid installments canceled at the farmer’s or rancher’s death. This would keep any unpaid installments out of the farmer’s or rancher’s estate for federal estate tax purposes. Again, the farmer or rancher should insure the life of the purchaser(s) to cover the possibility that the purchaser(s) will die before all the installments are paid. Michael FrittonBy Michael A. Fritton, CPAPrincipal, Somerset CPAs, P.C. – Agribusiness Team From a leveraging perspective, what this means is that the discounts allow the parents to magnify the amount of farm or ranch property that they transfer to the children gift tax free through utilization of their annual exclusions and gift tax applicable exclusions. For example, if upon establishing the family partnership described above, the parents were able to give the children partnership interests equal to the parent’s combined annual exclusions and $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusions at a 35% discount, the children would receive $15,873,846 of undiscounted partnership interests. Without the discounts the parents could only have transferred $10,318,000 gift tax free ($10,240,000 of the parents’ combined $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusions in 2012 plus $78,000 of their combined gift tax annual exclusions for the year = $10,318,000). Consequently, the discounts allow the parents to transfer an additional $5,555,846 of undiscounted value using the same amount of annual exclusions and $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusions.Further, in subsequent years the parents could continue to make tax free discounted gifts by utilizing their annual gift tax exclusions even though their $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusions are used up. This would have a dramatic impact on the reduction of the parents’ potential estate tax liabilities without generating any gift tax.Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (“GRAT”)Beside making direct gifts to the children of interests in the family partnership the farmer or rancher can transfer the partnership interests to a trust and retain a right to income from the trust for a period of time. After the expiration of the farmer’s or rancher’s income period the remainder interest in the trust assets (partnership shares) passes to the family member(s). The value of the remainder interest is a gift to the family member(s). This is a useful approach where the farmer or rancher wants to give the property to the family member(s) but would like to retain a right to income for a period of time. For example, assume that in 2012 Bill at age 65 transferred $1 million of family partnership interests to a GRAT retaining the right to receive 4% or $40,000 per year for 10 years. It should be noted that if the farmer or rancher dies during the income period the property will be brought back into their gross estate. To offset any possible estate tax that might result the farmer or rancher can buy a tem insurance policy for the duration or the income period in an amount sufficient to cover any possible estate tax. Estate tax saving through gifting.Beyond the basics of the marital deduction, 2032A and 6166 the next level of estate planning begins with the understanding that individuals with estates in excess of the estate tax applicable exclusion (and married couples with twice that amount) face the possibility of federal estate tax liabilities upon their deaths. In that regard, the only way to avoid the tax is to dispose of the excess before death or to leave it to charity at death.center_img Life Insurance – the Palatable AlternativeFinally, let’s talk about the effects of the farmer’s and rancher’s increasing age on attitudes toward estate tax planning. The issue is that going forward fewer and fewer farmer’s and rancher’s are likely to be interested in rearranging their affairs to save taxes on their children’s inheritances. This is because as the baby boomers age they will not like change and estate tax reduction techniques typically involve creating changes in how property is owned and managed as well as making large gifts to the next generation. PortabilityThis is a new concept to the federal estate tax that was introduced by the 2010 tax act. Basically it allows the executor of a deceased person’s estate to transfer any of their unused estate tax exclusion to their surviving spouse. The problem is that the portability provision only applies to those dying in 2011 and 2012. Therefore if a person relies on portability and it is not in effect at their death after 2012, their estate tax exclusion is wasted. This means that those writing wills in 2011 and 2012 are not likely to use portability and risk wasting their estate tax exclusion. Unlimited Marital Deduction                       Marital Deduction/By-Pass TrustFirst Death in 2011                                         First Death in 2011$15,120,000 Gross estate                               $15,120,000 Gross Estate$15,120,000 Marital Deduction                     $10,120,000 Marital Deduction/$5,000,000 By-Pass$0 taxable Estate                                            $0 Taxable Estate Home News Feed Estate Planning for Family Farms and Ranches The gift tax “applicable exclusion” is a rule that permits individuals to give away $5.12 million gift tax free during 2012. This $5.12 million is in addition to what can be given away using the annual exclusion. For example, assume that a married couple gave each of their three children $54,000 for a total of $162,000. This would result in a gift to each child of $28,000 in excess of the amount that the parents can give tax free by utilizing their combined annual gift tax exclusions ($54,000 – $26,000). To avoid having to pay a gift tax on the $28,000 excess to each child, the parents would offset the excess against their $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusion. Since each parent’s share of the excess would be $14,000 per child (1/2 of $28,000) and there are three children, the reduction in each parent’s gift tax applicable exclusion would be 3 x $14,000 or $42,000. SummaryIn closing, it must be understood that objective of estate planning is not to just focus on saving taxes. Rather, the goal should be for the farmer or rancher to do what they should to take care of themselves and their families and then with proper planning to do that at the lowest tax possible. It must be recognized, however, that not everyone has the inclination to engage in estate tax saving techniques that require changing their lives and making large gifts. Fortunately, for those who are not predisposed to complicated tax planning, life insurance provides a palatable alternative. This is because it does not require that they upset their lives and is cost efficient while providing the necessary funds to pay estate taxes when they are needed upon the person’s death. Read More Articles from Somerset  As the above example demonstrates, $1,750,000 of estate tax can be saved on the second death by dividing the estate between the marital deduction and the By-Pass Trust. It should be noted, that if the surviving spouse had actually died first their estate tax applicable exclusion would have been wasted. This is because that spouse would have had no separate property with which to set up a By-Pass Trust if they died first. To solve that problem the spouse with all the property should consider giving an amount of property equal to the estate tax applicable exclusion to the spouse with nothing. (For this purpose you should note that the gift tax marital deduction would prevent any gift tax from applying to such a transfer.) That would assure the same over all estate tax savings whichever spouse died first. What will be taxed at the surviving spouse’s death will be the amount of property that the spouse has in excess of the spouse’s own estate tax applicable exclusion. This figure will be comprised of the spouse’s own separate property plus what remains of the property that the spouse received under the marital deduction. Gifting to the children.In making gifts to the children the parents can choose to make outright gifts of the partnership interests using their annual gift tax exclusions and $5.12 million gift tax applicable exclusions. Depending upon the facts of the case, the value of the interests transferred to the children may be substantially reduced for the lack of marketability and lack of control discounts. These marketability and control discounts relate to the fact that a stranger to the family would not pay full price to acquire an interest in a family partnership for which there is not a ready resale market and in which they would have a noncontrolling interest. Estate Planning for Family Farms and Ranches Installment sale.Under this approach the farmer or rancher sells the property or partnership shares to the family member(s) for a series of installment notes. It is appropriate where the farmer or rancher has used up their gift tax exclusions or they want to receive income payments during retirement. The farmer or rancher may purchase life insurance on the family member(s) to cover the possibility that the purchaser(s) will die before all the installments are made. Further, for every year that the gifts are repeated, each parent’s gift tax applicable exclusion would drop by another $42,000. Consequently, if the gifts were continued for ten years, each parent’s gift tax applicable exclusion would be reduced by 10 x $42,000 or $420,000. Note that pending Congressional action the gift tax applicable exclusion is scheduled to drop to $1 million after 2012. Sale of the farm or ranch to the family member(s).Alternatively, the actual property or partnership shares may be sold to the family member(s) using an installment sale, self canceling installment note, sale to a defective grantor trust or a life insurance funded buy & sell agreement. The problem with Section 2032A (like other tax saving provisions) is that it requires certain conditions to be met. Even where those requirements can be complied with, the parties may consider them too onerous to be worth the tax benefit. Among the stipulations for 2032A to apply are the following: While the theory of 2032A is not difficult to understand, it is extremely complicated to apply in practice. If you have a customer who is contemplating the use of 2032A to minimize estate taxes, have them seek the necessary expertise. Special use valuation of farm or small business property.The second basic estate tax saving technique that is available to farmers and ranchers pertains to the special use valuation of farm or ranch property. This is because in 1976 Congress enacted Internal Revenue Code Section 2032A finding it desirable to encourage the continued use of real estate for farming, ranching and other small business purposes. Prior to the passage of Section 2032A, real estate that was included in a decedent’s estate was valued at its fair market value. Consequently, where the realty was used for farming, ranching or other small business purposes, including it in the estate at fair market value often created a substantially higher estate tax liability than was warranted, considering the value of its use as a farm, ranch or small business operation. SHARE Assume that the estate of a decedent contains qualifying farmland with a fair market value of $1,500,000 that is worth $400,000 as a farm.It will be included in the estate at a value of $460,000. This is because while the difference in value is $1,100,000 the maximum reduction is only $1,040,000 (as adjusted for inflation).Here it should be noted that between a husband and wife the total reduction in value after both deaths is two times $1,040,000 or $2,080,000. The result is that not liking change and the making of large gifts necessitates that professional advisors find a palatable alternative for these farmers and ranchers with taxable estates. In that regard, an alternative is to purchase life insurance through an ILIT. That is because: By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 4, 2012 Second Death in 2012                                     Second Death in 2012$15,120,000 Gross Estate                               $10,120,000 Gross estate$5,120,000 Exclusion                                      $5,120,000 Exclusion$10,000,000 Taxable Estate                           $5,000,000 Taxable Estate$3,500,000 Tax                                               $1,750,000 Tax The gift tax annual exclusion and $5 million gift tax applicable exclusion.The gift tax “annual exclusion” is simply a rule that allows a person to give to as many people as they want each year $13,000 gift tax free. Further, if they are married and their spouse consents in making the gift the couple can transfer $26,000 to as many individuals as they choose gift tax free. For example, a couple with three children could give each child $26,000 for a total of $78,000 gift tax free. The advantage of employing the By Pass Trust in combination with the marital deduction as opposed to giving all the property to the surviving spouse may be seen from the following example: Previous articleGary Wilhelmi 6/1/2012 Weekly ColumnNext articleGary Wilhelmi 6/4/2012 PM Comment Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

first_imgReddIt Students could relax by coloring in pages that featured words of encouragement. Marcos Ponce, a sophomore mechanical engineering major said having events like this are “a really good thing to do.” ReddIt TCU VGP (Ep. 19 – Xbox Game Pass, Horizon Impressions and more) Stress is at an all-time high as finals week approaches, but that’s nothing puppies and piñatas can’t fix.The TCU Alcohol & Drug Education department partnered with the TCU United Latino Association (ULA) to provide a night of stress relief and awareness at the Brown-Lupton University Union Monday night with their event “‘Tis the Season to be Stress Free.”“We have coloring pages and a quiz where you can enter to win a 60-minute Swedish massage at the Rec,” said Smith Sheehy, a junior business major who helped run the event.Sheehy added there were therapy dogs and piñatas to smash along with mugs of hot chocolate and cider with healthy study habits on them to help relieve stress.St. Paul Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry provided the therapy dogs. The organization takes in dogs from a litter and trains them to be service dogs to those who need comfort.Chuck Wendt, a handler for the group, said the service only uses golden retrievers.“Golden retrievers have the best characteristics for this kind of work,” Wendt said. “When somebody is in stress, they can tell. If we go to a hospital, they’re trained to get on a bed without hurting a patient. Whatever the person feels, golden retrievers can feel.”The ULA provided piñatas to smash. Daniela Sigala, a strategic communications major, is a member of the ULA and said that tensions before finals “definitely rise.”“This event has been in the works since October,” Sigala said. “We’re just having piñatas to de-stress people, and it seems to be working.”The comfort dogs and piñatas certainly did their part to de-stress students who are preparing for finals.“I feel like having events like this is a really good thing to do,” said Marcos Ponce, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. “Sometimes I need something to get my mind off of schoolwork. I love dogs and animals, so these things just work really well for me.”“I really enjoyed beating the piñata,” said Danielle Mondragon, a senior FTDM major. “The piñata was really cute so I felt bad, but it did relieve a lot of stress as well. There’s definitely a lot of stress before finals, and I feel like with college students, it’s hard to deal with that stress, so this is a great event.” Students enjoy smashing a piñata together. TCU VGP (Ep. 18 – The Cost of Gaming, State of DLC and more) Even children joined in on the piñata smashing. Previous articleLive Blog: SGA Meeting Dec. 8Next articleCollege-aged man suspected of indecent exposure Hank Kilgore RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Comfort dogs brought joy to many students throughout the evening. Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ Smith Sheehy, a junior business major, helped run the event. The TCU Alcohol & Drug Education department provided free mugs and hot chocolate or cider to students. Linkedin Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ Website| + posts Hank Kilgore is a senior Journalism major and FTDM minor from Lafayette, Louisiana. He is currently Editor of The Skiff and the Student Life and Entertainment Managing Editor for TCU 360. You can often find him anywhere a superhero movie is being played.center_img Facebook Students could spin a wheel and be asked trivia based on various stress-related myths. Twitter Twitter Linkedin TCU Sizzle Reel (Ep. 16 – Legion, Stranger Things 2 and more) Danielle Mondragon, a senior FTDM major, smashes a piñata to destress before finals. print Facebook Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Hank Kilgore Comfort dogs brought joy to many students throughout the evening. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU VGP (Ep. 17 – Valentine’s Updates, Overwatch and more) TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more