Stiletto Society hosts Ignite Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) – Those seeking new opportunities and getting their business startups off the ground came together this morning.

Ignite Savannah is a seminar hosted by the stiletto society. the focus this morning was channeling business growth for entrepreneurs all around Savannah. The program featured inspirational speakers who talked financial independence, wealth building, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

“Not just launching my website, not just selling a t shirt, not that kind of stuff I am talking about making a global impact. You could have a major multi million dollar, multi billion dollar company and that’s what today is about,” says Sarita Pittman, founder of Stiletto Society.

Credit Guide Publishes New Reviews Of Lexington Law And Sky Blue Credit Repair Services

Having a good credit score can make a huge difference to people’s lives, enabling them to get better interest rates on loans and credit cards, as well as allowing them to borrow greater amounts with longer term repayment plans. Credit Guide is an online resource center offering independent consultation to readers, describing how they can check, repair and improve their credit score in a variety of ways. The site also regularly publishes reviews of credit repair services, and has started 2017 with a review of two of the best: Lexington Law and Sky Blue.

The Lexington Law Credit Repair review opens with an introduction to the company and their background, followed by an assessment of when professional intervention might be needed. It then covers the cost of the packages, together with any available discounts, before concluding with the advantages, an average timeline for credit repair, and next steps.

The Sky Blue Credit Repair review follows a similar format, highlighting the unique advantages of the company, including its A+ BBB rating and 90 day refund policy, while also offering insight into their costs and timeline. Both reviews are designed to be directly compared and contrasted, so individuals can make their own decisions on which provider will best meet their needs.

A spokesperson for Credit Guide explained, ,,Credit Guide is pleased to be able to have updated with two new credit repair company reviews. These reviews will help more people than ever find the kind of high quality credit repair services they need without burdening themselves with punishing costs that could do even more damage in the long term. These are reliable, affordable and authenticated credit repair companies, and we hope more people can repair their credit scores as a result of reading these new pieces.”

About Credit Guide: Credit Guide is an online resource center committed to helping people get the information they need to improve, maintain or repair their credit score. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who offer honest, insightful and actionable reviews of credit repair services. The site also has comprehensive information on how to check credit scores, dispute credit rating errors and more.

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Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Price Technical Analysis for February 17, 2017

Investors are still generally cautious about putting funds back in bitcoin after all the goings-on in China. This is the largest bitcoin market in the world so anything that happens locally would have repercussions on global bitcoin activity. Earlier in the year, government authorities stepped up their efforts to curb bitcoin activity as part of their goal to reduce offshore investments and speculative yuan positioning.

This forced bitcoin to return a lot of its recent gains throughout January, although a rebound occurred when authorities seemed to ease up on their regulatory moves. However, bitcoin price tanked once more when a couple of major exchanges in the mainland were prompted to halt client withdrawals in compliance with ongoing investigations. This led traders to liquidate their holdings and be extra cautious when going long.

With that, liquidity has been significantly weighed down in the past few weeks so this low volatility environment could be the norm for bitcoin, unless any major industry updates pop up. So far, the industry has been showing positive developments in terms of bitcoin acceptance in the mainstream and on Wall Street. Aside from that, geopolitical risks in the West stemming from the Trump administration and the upcoming French elections are also keeping bitcoin supported. Foreseen financial troubles in Greece and Italy could also shore up demand for the cryptocurrency in the coming weeks.

On the flip side, factors that dampen bitcoin gains are that of Fed rate hike expectations for March which would boost dollar demand and anticipation for Trump’s tax reform plan which would encourage traders to put money in US assets instead. Of course there’s also the threat of Chinese regulation on bitcoin or penalties on clients that could further undo bitcoin gains.

Trump Administration’s Perception in the UK

It’s fair to say that Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US Election in November was not universally welcomed. In the UK, it was widely reported that as the result unfolded, the Canadian immigration website crashed because of high levels of traffic. The UK immigration website stayed active, but we are seeing increased numbers of enquiries from US residents about coming to the UK.

Speaking alongside Google boss Sundar Pichai in November, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said

If talented people based in the US want to come here to London, my message is simple – London is open.

And despite Brexit uncertainties, the UK has a strong economy; a stable government; world class financial and judicial systems and is well located for easy access to east and west. Coupled with a strong real estate market and a vibrant cultural scene, it’s an attractive place to live.

So, whether you are considering a first-time move to the UK or if you’re an ex-pat thinking of returning, here are top ten legal and tax tips to bear in mind:

  1. If you don’t have a UK domicile of origin, the UK tax regime can be friendly (for 15 years at least), and foreign assets can be excluded from tax here if the structuring is correct.
  2. Becoming UK tax resident can result in family trusts becoming UK tax resident for income tax and capital gains tax due to residence rules for trusts being based on the residence of individual trustees. ‘Living Trusts’ are popular in the US, but inadvertently importing such a trust by moving here can trigger adverse tax consequences. It may be enough to appoint new non-UK trustees, but care should be taken to avoid unforeseen consequences.
  3. If you are a US-dwelling Brit, you may immediately re-acquire UK domicile on your return to the UK, rendering your worldwide assets subject to inheritance tax, income tax and capital gains tax in the UK. Further, if you were UK tax resident and have spent less than 5 years outside of the UK, you can find income and gains arising during that period of non-residence can become subject to UK tax on your return to the UK.
  4. Complexity (and a tax charge) can arise on death where one spouse is UK domiciled, but the other is not. There are some solutions, but these need careful planning.
  5. Acquiring a UK home through a company (which has long been favoured by non-domiciled individuals) now carries a high tax cost – extra taxes arise in the form of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings, additional Stamp Duty Land Tax – and no longer removes it from the scope of Inheritance Tax on death. Make sure you look into the true tax cost of acquiring property in advance.
  6. Timing is important. There are new rules on the tax treatment of individuals arriving in the UK part way through a tax year (our tax year runs from 6 April in one year to 5 April the next). Mostly this can be managed, but it is a trap for the unwary.
  7. If you are a US resident with offshore investments, you should check that your investments are structured to ensure clean capital, income and capital gains are segregated into identifiable accounts, before arriving in the UK. This is important for non UK-domiciled individuals who are taxed on the remittance basis in the UK and may need to bring non-UK funds into the UK. This forward planning can result in a much lower UK tax outcome on remitted funds.
  8. Subject to local tax issues, it may be advisable to realise income and latent gains before you become resident in the UK, to secure optimum tax treatment between the two jurisdictions.
  9. If you are acquiring assets in England, particularly real estate, you should make an English Will. If you’re retaining assets in the US, it’s sensible to have a separate US Will.
  10. If you’ve entered into a pre- or post-nuptial agreement, have it reviewed by a UK lawyer. Although these arrangements can be binding in the UK, they need to follow strict criteria to carry any weight.

There is clearly going to be complexity in switching between two sophisticated jurisdictions such as the US and UK. But it’s a well-trodden path, and much of the complexity can be managed. Most important of all is to take advice early and to ensure your advisers in both countries talk to each other and understand what matters most to you.

China Regulator Urges Insurers to Avoid ‘Reckless’ Offshore Investments: Report

A senior Chineseinsuranceregulator warned against the industry’s reckless overseas investment, saying some insurers behaved recklessly when it came to offshore acquisitions, the official Securities Times reported on Thursday.

Chen Wenhui, vice chairman of the ChinaInsuranceRegulatory Commission (CIRC) urged insurers to take a cautious approach when investing overseas, the newspaper said.

02/20: Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, The Society for Technical Communication and more

SCORE Orlando-Small Business Mentors:Building Your Financial Plan, 6-9 pm Feb. 22, $35; Rollins – Starting a Nonprofit, 6-9 pm Feb. 23, $45; You, Your Business Idea, How SCORE Can Help, 9:30 am-12:30 pm Feb. 25, free; Effectively Managing Your Business with QuickBooks, 6-9 pm Feb. 28, $35; all classes at Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive. Details: or 407-420-4843.

Florida SBDC at Seminole State College of Florida: Business Startup Basics. Where do I Start?, 10 am-noon March 1, free; Credit Repair – Myth and Reality, 10 am-noon March 15, free; Business Plans, 10 am-noon March 21, free; all classes at Small Business Incubation Center, 1445 Dolgner Place, Sanford. Details and registration: 407-321-3495 or

Small-business seminars: Business Startup 101 which covers the fundamentals of starting a small business in Seminole County, 6-8 pm March 28, west branch of the Seminole County Public Library, 245 N. Hunt Club Blvd., Longwood; 10-11:30 am April 12, central branch of the Seminole County Public Library, 215 N. Oxford Road, Casselberry; Business Plans 101 which covers the essentials for creating a blueprint for new business success, 6-7:30 pm Feb. 22, north branch of the Seminole County Public Library, 150 N. Palmetto Ave., Sanford; 6-7:30 pm April 4, west branch of the Seminole County Public Library, 245 N. Hunt Club Blvd., Longwood; 10-11:30 am April 19, central branch of the Seminole County Public Library, 215 N. Oxford Road, Casselberry. Presented by the Seminole County Public Library System, in a joint venture with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Seminole State College of Florida. Cost: free. Details and registration: 407-321-3495.


Institute of Electrical amp; Electronic Engineers, Orlando Section Executive meeting and Computer Society presentation, 6-8 pm Feb. 21, University of Central Florida, HEC building, Room 101, Orlando. Cost: free. Parking is $3. Details: Ravi Rajaravivarma,, 860-967-4845 or

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, Orlando-based North Florida section, AACE International Program Update, with speaker Charity Quick, executive director, AACE International, 6:30 pm March 9, Canaveral Council of Technical Societies, Cape Royal Office Center, 1980 N. Atlantic Ave., Suite 401, Cocoa Beach. Meeting is free, optional dinners $10 with advance reservation by March 8. Details and registration: or e-mail


Florida State Massage Therapy Association, Central Florida Chapter, 4-7:45 pm Feb. 20, Marks Street Senior Recreation Center, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando. Brian Boyd will present Laws and Rules for Florida LMTs (a FL required class for LMTs). Doors open at 4 pm for networking; announcements are at 5:30 pm; presentation begins at 5:45 pm Cost: Free to all FSMTA members, $20 for nonmembers. Details:


The Society for Technical Communication, Orlando Central Florida Chapter, 6:30 pm networking, 7 pm program Feb. 23, IHOP Restaurant, 11571 University Blvd., Orlando. Paul Dombrowski will discuss ethics and the Challenger disaster. New member orientation at 6:15 pm There is no charge to attend this meeting. Register at Details: WC Wiese at 407-356-4792.


50PlusFYI Resource Network, Grow Your Business networking meeting for agencies and businesses serving older adults of Central Florida, 11 am-1:30 pm, third Friday of the month, Oakmonte Village, 1001 Royal Gardens Circle, Lake Mary. Details: 407-265-0534 or

Orlando Network Exchange, 11:30 am-1 pm Thursdays, Mitchells Fish Market Restaurant (Winter Park Village), 460 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 122, Winter Park. $15 meal charge. Details:

Central Florida Business Forum, Business to Business Referral Network, 7:30 to 9 am Wednesdays,

Dr. Phillips Connections, 11:30 am-1 pm every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month; OCharleys, 8081 Turkey Lake Road. Cost: free. Details: 407-758-3809.

Restaurant Sales Vendor Professionals, bi-monthly meetings 11:30 am Wednesdays, or 407-403-4455 for dates and locations.

Connections Groups, Motivational Mondays Leads Group, 6-7:30 pm first Monday of the month, Altamonte Springs Hilton Hotel, 350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 321-229-4413 or

Orlando Business Referral Network, 7 am Thursdays, Panera Bread, Sand Lake Road, 1117 Florida Mall Ave., Orlando; 407-758-4382 or

3 proposed bills may affect estate planning in Texas

Dear Mr. Premack: The Texas Legislature is in session again. Are there any pending bills that would affect the way I have done my estate planning? What should I be expecting when it comes to changes in the law? – TN

The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature opened on January 10th and concludes on May 29th. Many bills have been filed, and many more are expected as the next few weeks pass. The legislature addresses a huge variety of issues. Since you have asked about estate planning – which could include Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Medical Directive and various taxes – well look at bills or proposals that may affect those areas.

Estate Planning in 2017: Here’s What You Need to Know — The …

No one likes to do estate planning, but its essential if you want to make sure that your assets go where you want them to go after your death. Each year, changes to gift and estate tax laws and other related provisions can affect your estate planning. Below, well look at the most important provisions that affect estate planning in 2017 with an eye toward guiding you to get your plan in shape.

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No change in the annual exclusion amount for gifts

The federal governments gift tax provisions theoretically apply to even the smallest of gifts. However, to avoid having everyone need to file gift tax returns, the tax laws provide for an annual exclusion that allows gifts up to a certain amount without having to pay tax or file a return. For 2017, that number once again stays at $14,000, the same as it has been for several years.

A couple of features of this annual exclusion are noteworthy. First, you can make $14,000 to as many different people as you want. So if your goal is to deplete your assets as quickly as possible, making annual gifts to children, grandchildren, and other relatives can be a good way to take money out of your taxable estate and effectively make sure that your loved ones get it rather than Uncle Sam.

Also, there are certain types of gifts that can exceed this amount without incurring tax. Most people can make unlimited gifts to their spouse, and money you spend on medical care or education for someone else isnt treated as a taxable gift if you pay the educational or medical institution directly.

Modest increase in the total exclusion amount for gift and estate tax

Even if you make gifts larger than the annual exclusion amount, you still typically wont have to pay tax right away. Thats because the US tax laws unify both the gift tax and the estate tax, providing for a single tax credit that allows people both to make taxable gifts during their lifetime and to transfer estate property to heirs free of tax up to a certain total amount. That amount climbs each year for inflation, and for 2017, the new amount will be $5.49 million. Thats up by $40,000 from what it was in 2016.

Its true that this amount is high enough to prevent most people from having to think about federal estate tax. However, keep in mind that this amount includes not only the value of any assets you own, including real estate and investments, but also the death benefit on life insurance that you owned at your death. As a result, what looks like a smaller estate right now could actually be taxable once you consider all your included assets.