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Yet another spectacularly clear and gorgeous evening where we can see Virginia's house in Los Angeles and Mad-a-line does such a nice little cover of Leonard Cohen's tune. Puts me a little in the mind of Billie Holiday.
As of January 1, 2009 single member LLC's that are disregarded for income tax purposes are required to report and pay employment taxes under the FEIN and name of the LLC.
This means that from here on out your LLC will deposit employment tax, file employment tax returns, employee W-2's, and all employment related paperwork using the true, legal name of the LLC and the original FEIN* issued to the LLC by the IRS.
WHAT IS A SINGLE MEMBER LLC
A single member LLC is typically formed to provide the legal liability protection for the owner that a sole-proprietorship does not offer. We also use single member LLC's to hold rental real estate. TWC advises one LLC per property. That way you don't risk exposure of every property because some tenant fell off the roof and impaled himself on an iron fencepost in a hideous and grotesque manner that requires a jury to award a multi-billion dollar punitive judgment.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
To make it simple, except it really sort of doesn't, the law allows the owner to report all the income and expenses connected to the business or rental property on her own individual tax return. Business stuff goes on Schedule C. Rental stuff goes on Schedule E. LLC does not file a return nor is it taxed except in Californicate (big surprise there) and a handful of other states.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY STUFF?
The term stuff is a technical term used widely in tax law journals and the tax code.
Ahhhh, yes, this is definitely what Miles Raymond was talking about.
...Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression....
The Adelaida IS Pinot Noir and it IS spectacular, perhaps the very best Pinot TWC has had the pleasure of spending time with. At worst, the wine is in the top two. That said, Gentle Reader, if you should desire a spill of this beauty, it is a buck fifty from the winery in today's money. At that price, one would expect nothing short of to-die-for. And it comes ever so close (if there were no lovelies, then perhaps....). TWC has noted it before, but when the missus asks for a second glass, well, that's a telling commentary.
Dating to 1963, the Hoffman Mountain Ranch (HMR) lays claim to the oldest Pinot Noir plantings on the South Central coast, an area including Paso and Santa Barbara. This particular incarnation of Pinot Noir was crafted by Steve Glosner, who also was responsible for the wine we celebrated the birth of our Number One Son with.
We paired it with mesquite grilled New York strip steaks and it was marvelous. Tossed in (heh) a tossed Boston lettuce salad with walnuts and blue cheese, baked potato sporting freshly harvested chives from the gardens here at the Casa, and sauteed mushrooms. Then, like a carb junkie wishing she could eat the whole meal all over again, TWC was ever so morose when the bottle was empty.
TWC tends to shy away from the numbers racket, but on the TWC scale this wine is a 95-96.
The TWC rating scale loosely works like this:
93-95 Superb! Wow!
91-92 Excellent Wine-Often is Special Occasion Wine
88-90 Drinkable Every Day Wine
85-87 You Pay Your Money & You Take Your Chances (likely plonk)
75-85 Boone's Farm
0-75 Thunderbird & Night Train
In essence, I suppose the 100 point scale is really only a 15 point scale.
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Tip of the glass to to the generosity of the Fairy Godmother of Cresta di Tramonto
Ahh, New Years Eve, Dick Clark, counting down to the STROKE of midnight. Thanks, I'm here and in bad taste all week. What a drag. The Gypsy fortune teller's incantations assured him fifty years as America's Oldest Teenager and then, bam, he's eighty and can't talk right.
TWC made it past midnight, something that I had assured the kid ringing up the vino at the Two
Buck Chuck store wouldn't happen. Supervised the igniting of illegal Mexican firecrackers, half of which were duds, including the ones Ty shoved into an apple and lit only to watch sputter out. Three times.
The Boy put match to fuse. Boom!
Each time, six girls squealed in delight and commenced pounding the bottom of Michelle's pots with wooden spoons the size of timpani sticks. To the unsung delight of the neighbors, this cultural ritual continued for some twenty minutes. [shrugs]
What would it cost the
American taxpayer if all
of these had been bailed out?
I didn't count them all but the point is well taken.
Markets are supposed to weed out the inefficient and reward thrift, enterprise, & good management. That's why no ex-hippie burn-outs wander the byways of modern America grousing that the UNITED STATES OF IBM and MA BELL, PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE are destroying life as we know it. It's also why Monkey Wards is gone, Sears is but a Slim-Fast shadow of its former bulk, and nobody under fifty remembers the Woolworth's lunch counter.
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Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.