Category Archives: #Relocation

This Ranch-style House #3707NHeatherPlace: With Fabulous Views, Beautiful English-influenced Landscape Garden, Modern Amenities, In Great Neighborhood, It Could Be Yours

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

This rare real estate property is something that one will enjoy as a personal home, retirement home, as a family home or a holiday home. It is unique and in great location – cannot find this quality of well maintained home in this market.

The views will surely make you enjoy your cocktails while enjoying spectacular sunset, have your friends dine with you during lunch or dinner, host your celebrations internally or outdoors in its big deck or backyard adorned with a distinctive English-influenced landscape and organic sustainable garden with seasonal flowers and changing foliage that keep popping-up season after season.

This #Ranch-style home is available for anyone who likes modern with beautiful picture windows around the house to enjoy every scenery through them, stainless steel appliances, private and relaxing backyard, you can enjoy growing your favorite seasonal vegetables; located at the desirable location at #Barkley Hills in #Bellingham, Washington.

Please share this to your family and friends who may be looking for an opportunity of a beautiful home with a distinctive quality.

If you are looking for a private, big yard, worth the money you spend, well maintained home, modern-open lay-out plan with big spaces, in great neighborhood, desirable zip code to live – this is the place to be and walk-in ready for your life-style living.

This is a #realestate in excellent condition, the home owners have diligently updated all parts of the home for enjoyment of living with a style. This is a very rare quality single-level Ranch-style home in this market, it will be hard to find and it will be hard to pass for the right buyer. #3707NHeatherPlace #Bellingham #BarkleyHill #98226

Visit the link of the property (please see first image above), then arrange for a personal visit with your Professional Real Estate Agent or call the Representing Professional Real Estate Agent to arrange the viewing at your convenience.

Can Marriage Conquer “Consular Nonreviewability” for a Spouse’s Visa Denial?, CRS Legal Sidebar (October 30, 2014)

An interesting discussion to share!

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Can Marriage Conquer “Consular Nonreviewability” for a Spouse’s Visa Denial?, CRS Legal Sidebar (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

In essence, this is the question that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to answer by taking the case of Kerry v. Din. In Kerry, Fauzia Din, a U.S. citizen, asks the Court to recognize marriage as a constitutionally protected interest of a U.S. citizen which can trigger limited judicial review of her spouse’s visa denial and require the government to identify the specific laws and facts that are grounds for denying the visa. A Supreme Court ruling favorable to Ms. Din would establish an exception, based on a spousal constitutional interest, to the general rule of consular nonreviewability. This is the principle that a decision by a Department of State (DOS) consular officer to grant or refuse a visa is not subject to review by the…

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Just a thought I would ask!

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

In our recent field trip, this building struck me with those things above it. Any idea what they are for? Your insights will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Here You Go, “Jay’s WSM Quencher” – the Summer Cocktail

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS

When I meet my business colleagues and friends, who knew that I love and make my own cocktails. They asked me about the latest or they tell friends that I make cocktails, particularly on Friday evenings.  Yes, I love my cocktails to unwind and relax.

In the past couple of weeks, Summer started to be enduring with heat. My inquisitive mind began examining what summer fruits that can be used for excellent cocktails. Was at my local farmer’s market in James Street, saw a reasonably priced big watermelon at $3.00, and yes it is red!

I always experiment in terms of mixes of various liqueurs and spirits to achieve a decadent flavor and oomph! It’s not a great cocktail without a kick!  The result came out excellent after i have it tested by my cocktail friends. It is now a 2014 Summer Favorite!

Here you go  my friends, and cheers to: , @PattiRowlson, @Jakeswg, @soundslikepuget, @blghamexplorer@Bellinghomes and all. Enjoy! Let me know what you think.

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Considering Critical Options Lead to Successful Results

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Results are essential validation of business flow; they are reflections of your mindset, feelings and comfort-ability; they manifest your weaknesses and they are the demonstrated measurement of your efficiency.

 Which of the items below from 1 to 3 describe you best?

1. Just go with the flow of things

2. Experience through trial and error

3. Collect facts, understand scenarios, create road maps and execute actions

You will achieve best results when choosing item # 3.  When you feel the need of additional guidance from experienced and strategic team of professionals, they are available to coach and guide you.

In particular, the strategic guidance will help you make better decisions prior to implementing your plans and incurring extra expense that you thought it was necessary but not essential.

These are very useful when you are planning of expanding towards the south of British Columbia, opening a business entity, needing business plans and entry strategies, have existing business but inexperienced in hiring locally-based individuals, relocating or hiring foreign nationals from the other side of the border, wanting to know of your tax compliance responsibilities, or you may need assistance in making sure the transition at new location will be effective. Contact us to discuss your business needs.

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Spring Blooms in the Garden

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The colors of Spring flowers adorn our surroundings in various levels of depth and magnificence of nature.

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IRS Tips When Working from Your Home Office

Credit: IRS.gov

Credit: IRS.gov

Working from home may have advantages during tax season! The US IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has provided some guidance in regards to claiming home office deductions.

Starting this year, there is a simpler option to figure the deduction for business use of your home. The new option will save you time because it simplifies how you figure and claim the deduction. It will also make it easier for you to keep records. It does not change the rules for who may claim the deduction.

Here are six facts from the IRS about the home office deduction.

1. Generally, in order to claim a deduction for a home office, you must use a part of your home exclusively and regularly for business purposes. Also, the part of your home used for business must be:

• your principal place of business, or

• a place where you meet clients or customers in the normal course of business, or

• a separate structure not attached to your home. Examples might include a studio, garage or barn.

2. If you use the actual expense method, the home office deduction includes certain costs that you paid for your home. For example, if you rent your home, part of the rent you paid could qualify. If you own your home, part of the mortgage interest, taxes and utilities you paid could qualify. The amount you can deduct usually depends on the percentage of your home used for business.

3. Beginning with 2013 tax returns, you may be able to use the simplified option to claim the home office deduction instead of claiming actual expenses. Under this method, you multiply the allowable square footage of your office by a prescribed rate of $5. The maximum footage allowed is 300 square feet. The deduction limit using this method is $1,500 per year.

4. If your gross income from the business use of your home is less than your expenses, the deduction for some expenses may be limited.

5. If you are self-employed and choose the actual expense method, use Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, to figure the amount you can deduct. You claim your deduction on Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business, if you use either the simplified or actual expense method. See the Schedule C instructions for how to report your deduction.

6. If you are an employee, you must meet additional rules to claim the deduction. For example, in addition to the above tests, your business use must also be for your employer’s convenience.

For  additional information,  please see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home; at www.IRS.gov

Reference: IRS Tax Tip 2014-36

Multiple Visa Entry for Canadian Visitors

Another program that CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada that improved is the issuance of Multiple Visa Entry for Canadian Visitors. This strategic move will attract economic growth by tourism to Canada. Small and big enterprises  including  Canada as a country will benefit on the results of loosening up visitor’s visa and offering multiple visas to those who qualify.

Today, the Office of CIC released an announcement that “Visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, starting on February 6, 2014. Multiple-entry visas allow qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time.”

 It is important to note that processing fees for TRV – Temporary Resident Visa has been reduced from $150 CAN to $100 CAN. This applies to either single entry or multiple entry.

The Announcement also noted that “Citizenship and Immigration Canada will increase other fees in the temporary resident program, effective February 6, 2014. These changes will reduce the burden on Canadian taxpayers and ensure that fees closely reflect the real cost of processing applications.”

These increases include (all figures in CAD $):

  • $25 for study permits and renewals;
  • $5 increase for work permits and renewals;
  • $25 increase for extensions to remain in Canada as a visitor;
  • $100 as the maximum fee for a family to apply for TRVs; and
  • $15 as the maximum work permit fee for a group of performing artists and their staff.

Quick facts

  • Every year more than 35 million people visit Canada.
  • In 2012, Canada issued a record number of visitor visas with almost one million visas approved, representing an increase of almost 40 percent since 2004.
  • The multiple-entry visa is particularly popular with visitors from China, India and Mexico who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa.
  • Similarly, visitors from the Philippines and Brazil, who hold five-year passports, have been issued multiple-entry visas for up to five years.

What this means to you:

It is great to see that Canada is competitive with its peer countries, and many of these changes benefit the traveler or the visa recipient. In the same manner, that Canada is recognizing the economic competitiveness during recovery times (where applicable) yet uncertain to many economies.

Ten Strategies That Will Make You Become Cross-Culturally Competent Communicator in the 21st Century

Globally, a big gap of skilled communicator cross-culturally with business acumen competency has grown bigger and bigger. For anyone who would like to be working globally in the future, must learn the basics that these Ten Strategies offer. Start building your competency from the point of your current proficiency and increase it to maximum level of competence.

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 This is the overview of what you can become and you will experience life without limitations!


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First Step: Learn from the basics, and then bring yourself to speed up to maximum level. Like the illustrated ladder of learning for someone who likes to become Communicative Competent.
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Second Step: Distinguish yourself with the learning of proper and correct vocabulary. Use them efficiently at any location, event, or when you are sharing information with someone regardless of his/her background.
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Third Step: Take time to practice with other people. There are many venues of learning and practicing.  The following is an example of the venue for practice. Some are free and some are paid. You get the value of what you pay for and the experience when it is given free.


Fourth Step: Understand the implications and sociological meanings of words, phrases, idiomatic expressions, slangs or the so called ‘lingua-franca’ By knowing…

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Juntee Terrenal will be one of the Judges for the Annual Case Studies & Proposals Competition at WWU

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The International Business, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, of Western Washington University continue to stimulate and develop the strategic critical thinking with decision making of their International Students and the Korean Students Exchange by hosting the Annual Case Proposals Competition.

This year, Professor Thomas  (Tom) Roehl, Ph.D., Professor in International Business, Master of Business Administration, and Management , invited  Juntee Terrenal of ReloNavigator,  to join the Panel of Judges composed of his fellow executives who are experienced internationally.

2014 WWU Judging Proposals in Hiring

About Juntee Terrenal, GMS:

Mr. Terrenal is your partner resource in becoming the “High Performing Organization” of 2014 and beyond; strategic international business Leader, adviser & coach, competent, frequent author and speaker, strategic in human capital and resources management. Creates initiatives using his combined  business acumen and ROI-driven competency; integrating complex human capital and various resources that clients seek, globally. With 20+ years of experience he brings many time and money-saving solutions to your complex international business issues and problems particularly when it pertains in structuring, hiring multi-nationals, immigration, relocation, destination supports . Negotiator, communicator, proven track record in accelerating productivity, organizational effectiveness, talent management, service quality. Quoted in numerous international media outlets.

As an experienced global mobility specialist, human capital management executive and management consultant, he and his team create solutions, converting client’s needs into actions, resolving their challenges. Mr. Terrenal and his global team have successfully assisted, implemented and accelerated businesses and personal successes of their corporate and individual clients by using their ROI-driven techniques in over 40 countries.

 

2014 Results Cannot Be Ignored: Gain Success Regardless of Organizational Size and Location

In the weeks to come, many multinational organizations are scrambling in finalizing  the implementation of their strategic initiatives. The year of 2014 has begun and we are in a full swing in accelerating business activities and the goal is to obtain the highest level of return on investments at the end of the first quarter and throughout the year.

ReloNavigator has put in placed its team ahead of time. We are ready to provide our expertise that will  bolster  your professional, personal or business goals be achieved with quality notwithstanding an ROI.  2014 is the year for continued growth and advancement. Please watch for announcements in the months to come about opportunities of business, professional and personal development. Subscribe or follow up in order not to miss them.

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Discriminating Racial-based Hiring Practices of Bank of America Ordered with Penalty

US DOL

Recently, the Department of Labor published a Judge Order for Bank of America’s racial discriminatory hiring practices.  Back Wages and interests were ordered to be paid to those candidates who were rejected.

“Wherever doors of opportunity are unfairly closed to workers, we will be there to open them — no matter how long it takes,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Judge Chapman’s decision upholds the legal principle of making victims of discrimination whole, and these workers deserve to get the full measure of what is owed to them.”

On Nov. 24, 1993, OFCCP initiated a routine compliance review that revealed indications of systemic hiring discrimination affecting African American job seekers at the Charlotte facility. After conciliation efforts failed, the Solicitor of Labor in 1997 filed an administrative complaint against the company for violating Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment practices on the basis of race.

“Our investigators and attorneys prevailed despite decades of stalling tactics,” said Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith. “This case demonstrates that the department will not be deterred in our pursuit of justice for job seekers.”

Please click the link to read the full News Release.

Perspectives:

Yet another bad practice that Bank of America has been doing.  As a big bank, what were the responsibilities of their employment executives? Why do they allow discriminatory practices when hiring workforce.  Companies like Bank of America that demonstrates these types of hiring practices should not be allowed to be touting ‘good business practices’ at conferences regardless of locations.

 

Spousal Equality for Same Sex Spouses under ERISA

US DOL

The Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration issued guidance pertaining to equal treatment of  same-sex spouses who are otherwise eligible for coverage under a plan are entitled to the same ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act. ) protections as spouses of the opposite sex. This was prompted by the recent decision of the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor case on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

“By providing greater clarity,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi, “we are contributing to greater equality and greater protection for America’s working families.”

For purposes of this guidance, the term “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Wake Island, the Northern Mariana Islands, any other territory or possession of the United States, and any foreign jurisdiction having the legal authority to sanction marriages.

The terms “spouse” and “marriage,” however, do not include individuals in a formal relationship recognized by a state that is not denominated a marriage under state law, such as a domestic partnership or a civil union, regardless of whether the individuals who are in these relationships have the same rights and responsibilities as those individuals who are married under state law. The foregoing sentence applies to individuals who are in these relationships with an individual of the opposite sex or same sex.

A rule that recognizes marriages that are valid in the state in which they were celebrated, regardless of the married couple’s state of domicile, provides a uniform rule of recognition that can be applied with certainty by stakeholders, including employers, plan administrators, participants, and beneficiaries.

A rule for employee benefit plans based on state of domicile would raise significant challenges for employers that operate or have employees (or former employees) in more than one state or whose employees move to another state while entitled to benefits. Furthermore, substantial financial and administrative burdens would be placed on those employers, as well as the administrators of employee benefit plans. For example, the need for and validity of spousal elections, consents, and notices could change each time an employee, former employee, or spouse moved to a state with different marriage recognition rules. To administer employee benefit plans, employers (or plan administrators) would need to inquire whether each employee receiving plan benefits was married and, if so, whether the employee’s spouse was the same sex or opposite sex from the employee. In addition, the employers or plan administrators would need to continually track the state of domicile of all same-sex married employees and former employees and their spouses. For all of these reasons, plan administration would grow increasingly complex, administrators of employee benefit plans would have to be retrained, and systems reworked, to comply with an unprecedented and complex system that divides married employees according to their sexual orientation. In many cases, the tracking of employee and spouse domiciles would be less than perfectly accurate or timely and would result in errors or delays.

To read the complete Guidance, please click on the link “Guidance to Employee Benefit Plans on the Definition of “Spouse” and “Marriage” under ERISA and the Supreme Court;s Decision in United States v. Windsor”

 

CPA Disbarred by IRS Due to Trust Fund Stealing

“OPR (Office of Professional Responsibility) strives to protect the integrity of the tax system from unscrupulous and incompetent practitioners regardless of how those traits become known,” said Karen L. Hawkins, Director of OPR.

Credit: IRS.GOV

Credit: IRS.GOV

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced that its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has disbarred David O. Christensen after he was convicted of theft for misappropriating funds as the conservator of his daughter’s trust account. Christensen was a Certified Public Accountant with licenses in Washington and Oregon, were revoked previously as a result of his conviction.

Per IRS Newswire, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) declined to carve out a request by Christensen for limited practice as a tax return preparer, and instead, disbarred him from all practice before the IRS finding that Christensen’s conviction for theft, and the revocation of his CPA licenses, constituted disreputable conduct under Circular 230.

To read the complete Administrative Law Judge Decision from the IRS, please click on ALJ Final Agency Decision