Friday, February 17, 2012
Hinckley Star Trek flat faces uncertain future. This from the BBC.
Tony Alleyne took BBC Newsnight on a tour of the flat in 2009Continue reading the main story
The man who lives in the Star Trek house
Trek builder boldly goes bankrupt
A Leicestershire Star Trek fan who turned his home into the Starship Enterprise has said his work could be destroyed by the sale of the flat.
Tony Alleyne, 58, has spent 10 years and more than £30,000 transforming the Hinckley flat, but now his ex-wife, who owns the property, needs to sell up.
The apartment features a replica flightdeck with full voice recognition technology.
Mr Alleyne said the thought of living in a conventional house was "scary".
"The more I say it, the more horrible it sounds," Mr Alleyne said.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
LUXURY WEEKEND BREAK-UPS
How do you fancy a weekend break in a luxury hotel? What about a weekend break-up? That’s what’s on offer in the Netherlands with a new concept known as the Divorce Hotel. There separating couples can hole themselves up together for a weekend, albeit in separate single rooms. During their stay they get the benefits of lawyers and mediation services to help them work out the terms of their split, as well as the facilities of the hotel for “time-out.” At the end of their stay it is anticipated that an agreement will have been reached that encompasses arrangements for children and finance, all reached in a relaxing environment.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
• How many months they were engaged: 3
• How much Kim made from the wedding thanks to magazine deals, etc:$17.9m
• How much she therefore made per hour of the 72-day marrige, as calculated by New York Times' investigative journalist Don van Natta Jr:$10,358.80
• The current minimum wage in California: $8 an hour
• How many hours the E! special of their wedding lasted: 4
• How many months E! spent promoting the wedding, daily: 3
• How many months they were actually married: 2½
• Kim & K's wedding cost: $10m
• Donald Trump's last wedding: $1m
• Price tag on one vase on K & K's wedding list: $7,500
• How much the wedding cake cost: $6,000
• How many Vera Wang wedding dresses Kim had for the wedding: 3
• How much each wedding dress cost: $20,000
• How much her mother Kris spent on a face lift for the wedding: $50,000
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
SANTA ROSA, CA—A study released by the California Parenting Institute Tuesday shows that every style of parenting inevitably causes children to grow into profoundly unhappy adults. "Our research suggests that while overprotective parenting ultimately produces adults unprepared to contend with life's difficulties, highly permissive parenting leads to feelings of bitterness and isolation throughout adulthood," lead researcher Daniel Porter said. "And, interestingly, we found that anything between those two extremes is equally damaging, always resulting in an adult who suffers from some debilitating combination of unpreparedness and isolation. Despite great variance in parenting styles across populations, the end product is always the same: a profoundly flawed and joyless human being." The study did find, however, that adults often achieve temporary happiness when they have children of their own to perpetuate the cycle of human misery
Monday, October 17, 2011
David Dutcher says his 2008 arrest on suspicion of drunk driving was a setup orchestrated by a private detective who is the subject of a state and federal criminal investigation. (Michael Macor, The Chronicle / October 17, 2011)
Los Angeles Family Law Attorney
Are community property laws taken into account in determining adjusted gross income (or modified adjusted gross income) for purposes of the dependent
According to a recent IRS publication:Yes. Community property laws must be taken into account in determining the adjusted gross income (or modified adjusted gross income) amounts in section 21(a) (dependent care credit), section 24(b) (child tax credit), section 32(a) (earned income credit), and section 36A(b) (making work pay credit).
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Are registered domestic partners who reported income without regard to community property laws required to amend their pre-2010 returns to each report
According to a recent IRS publication:Registered domestic partners who reported community income without regard to community property laws for a taxable year beginning before 2010 are generally not required to amend those returns to report half of the community income. The following rules apply for taxable years prior to 2010:
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In all cases, if one of the partners amends his or her return to report half of the community income, the other partner must report the other half.
If a registered domestic partner adopts the child of his or her partner as a second parent or co-parent, may the adopting parent claim the adoption cr
According to a recent IRS publication:The adopting parent may claim an adoption credit to the extent provided under § 36C. Section 36C(d)(1)(C) does not allow taxpayers to claim an adoption credit for expenses incurred in adopting the child of the taxpayer’s spouse. However, the limitation in section 36C(d)(1)(C) does not apply to adoptions by registered domestic partners because registered domestic partners are not spouses as defined by federal law.California Prenuptial, Prenups
If two registered domestic partners adopt a child together, can one or both of the partners qualify for the adoption credit?
According to a recent IRS publication:Each registered domestic partner may qualify to claim the adoption credit on the amount of the qualified adoption expenses paid or incurred for the adoption. The partners may not both claim credit for the same qualified adoption expenses, and neither partner may claim more than the amount of expenses that he or she paid or incurred. The adoption credit is limited to $13,170 per child in 2010. Thus, if two registered domestic partners each paid qualified adoption expenses to adopt the same child, and the total of those expenses exceeds $13,170, the maximum credit available for the adoption is $13,170. The partners may allocate this maximum between them in any way they agree, but the amount allocated to a partner may not be more than the amount of expenses he or she paid or incurred. The same rules generally apply in the case of a special needs adoption. The total credit for such an adoption is limited to $13,170, but the amount that each partner may claim is not limited by the amount of expenses paid or incurred.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Are community property laws taken into account in determining earned income for purposes of the dependent care credit, the refundable portion of the c
According to a recent IRS publication:No. The federal tax laws governing these credits specifically provide that earned income is computed without regard to community property laws in determining the earned income amounts described in section 21(d) (dependent care credit), section 24(d) (the refundable portion of the child tax credit), section 32(a) (earned income credit), and section 36A(d) (making work pay credit).California Prenuptial, Prenups
Are registered domestic partners each entitled to take credit for half of the total estimated tax payments paid by the partners?
According to a recent IRS publication: No. Unlike withholding credits, which are allowed to the person who is taxed on the income from which the tax is withheld, a registered domestic partner can take credit only for the estimated tax payments that he or she made.