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If running a business while also rooting for your favorite Cleveland sports team isn’t stressful enough, business owners who assume they can write off the cost without checking the rules could be setting themselves up for some extra heartbreak.

No matter the season, it’s still common practice for business owners to mix business and entertainment at a sporting event like a Cavs, Browns or Indians game. Business owners have learned over time they can sometimes close a deal or win over a prospect more readily when the conversation is moved to an atmosphere that’s a little more relaxed than a corporate boardroom.

The Internal Revenue Service has clamped down, however, on taxpayers who deduct the costs of such entertainment as a business expense. It’s not as simple as buying the tickets and showing the receipt to claim a deduction. The IRS has established some criteria for when it believes tickets to a sporting event might logically constitute a legitimate business expense.

First, the IRS says the sporting event must be tied directly to the conduct of business. That means the company claiming the deduction must show that some sort of business took place at the sporting event.

The IRS goes a little further, though, to provide some additional criteria. One important one: The IRS finds it hard to believe any business activity could have occurred if the company simply gave the tickets away to a client or prospect.

That means someone representing the business must actually be present at the event in order for the deduction to be allowed as a business expense. Otherwise it is treated as a gift, where the tax rules are different.

Also important: The IRS finds it difficult to imagine business would actually be conducted at the sporting event itself, given the many distractions. It seems examiners have a hard time believing anyone would focus on the particulars of a business deal with superstars like LeBron James sinking three pointers amid throngs of screaming fans and other blaring distractions.

This suggests any attendance at a sporting event must be accompanied by some other stop along the way to an atmosphere a little more conducive to business. That could mean a stop at the office on the way to or from the event, or even a nearby restaurant or sports bar.

The IRS also has some limited language around when tickets are deductible if they are used by family members. The rules allow a deduction for tickets used by spouses of individuals involved in the business transaction, but it does not specify any other family members. Some might argue that tickets used by related children might also be deductible, but that might depend on the facts and circumstances of the specific event.

If the tickets are to a suite, that adds another layer of analysis to the deductibility of expenses. IRS rules limit the deduction to the face value of non luxury box seats, and it allows for the highest value non luxury seat price to be used as long as those seats are available for the general public to purchase them.

Suite pricing typically includes some combination of tickets for admission, food and beverage service, advertising costs, and fees to use the suite.

The venue may need to provide some itemization for the taxpayer to sort out what portion of the suite cost goes to food and beverage expense that is deductible. However, that deduction is limited to 50% of the cost when the tickets are used and the event is properly documented.

Even in the uncertain sports environment from season to season in Cleveland, doing business at a game is still common practice.

Winning the tax deduction is a better bet for business owners who know the rules ahead of time.

Peter A. DeMarco is vice president and director of tax services for the regional accounting and business consulting firm of Meaden Moore, headquartered in Cleveland.
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“Apparently she thought the iPod . was a myPod . as in hers,” the post on the sheriff’s Facebook page read.

The woman picked up the iPod and walked out with it.

The sheriff’s office says the iPod belonged to a young boy who was in line in front of her and had set it down to weigh himself on a large scale. The device also had photos of the boy with his grandpa, who died recently.

The post also says the boy asked the woman in the parking lot if she had seen his iPod, and she told him no. But it wasn’t. And let’s be honest. She knew it didn’t belong to her, but she took it anyway. nnSo here’s how it all went down.nOn Monday, December 18, 2017, at about 9:53 pm, at the Publix on Shepherd Rd in Mulberry, this woman moved up to the cashier to pay for her items (so at least she doesn’t ALWAYS steal). She sees the iPod sitting on the counter below the credit card swipey thingy, and as she gets her receipt, she picks up the iPod, and walks away with it. She could have said to the cashier, “Oh my, it looks like someone left their iPod here. Could you take it and contact law enforcement”? But no. She said nothing. And here’s the kicker. C’mon lady! Shopping is supposed to be a pleasure at Publix, and you just ruined a kid’s day by making off with his iPod! (In the video, you can see she grabs the iPod at the end of the video, right after she takes the receipt) nnNow, we know some of you might say, “If you don’t want your stuff stolen, don’t leave it laying around!” But think of how this boy feels now. While his mom was paying, he set his iPod down to weigh himself on one of those big green Toledo scales, and totally forgot to grab his iPod. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses.
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In addition to her parents, she is survived by her older sister Anastasia and younger brother Dillon; two nephews; Antonio and Angelo Manha, as well as her grandparents; Mary Farrell, and Ruth and Ed Ryan, all of Selinsgrove. She will also be sadly missed by her 15 aunts and uncles, along with 15 cousins and many, many old and dear friends, including 4,953 Facebook friends!

She was preceded in death by her uncle, Patrick Farrell; and her grandfather, Thomas J. Farrell.

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Delaney would also write in her journals or on just random pieces of paper; some were private but some she would share. She forwarded one of her last entries to her sister, which depicts the pain and suffering that she was enduring throughout this horrific drug epidemic that has affected so many families in this country. Her soul is finally at peace.

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The cursing didn’t stop when officers arrived, the report said. The woman also yelled loud enough to “cause the lights to the house next door and across the street to come on,” the report said.

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The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 817 service and officer initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 47 people were booked into Denton County Jail.
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Martino, owner of Martino Signs, has teamed up with filmmaker Chris Raab, better known by his TV name Raab Himself and for his work on the television show Jackass. The pair are hoping to put together a reality television show working title, “The Great Martino.”

The show will deal with sign making, but will focus more on the interaction between Martino, his sons and the other people working at the business. Raab, a West Chester native, equates it with the shows American Chopper or Pawn Stars.

“What attracted me to him was the stuff that he does with his boys the family element of what this business is all about,” Raab said during a recent interview at Martino’s shop in Yeadon, Delaware County.

Raab said some of what he has seen is reminiscent of the shows he’s done like Jackass and the later show, Viva La Bam.

“Seeing [Martino’s home] videos it kind of reminded me of us [of Jackass],” Raad said. “Like a video where Dave is looking at the camera and saying, ‘Hey it’s Father’s Day and I wanted to wish the kids Happy Father’s Day.’ So he pulled his garden hose through the window of their bedrooms and sprayed them to wake them up. So it was funny and familiar, like from Jackass, and I could relate to that. That got me interested and made me say, ‘I want to work with this dude and I want to capture what is going on around here.'”

Martino said he has been a single dad to his three sons for many years, after his former wife left the family. Early on he was forced to work out of his home in Newtown Square to get the sign business off the ground. As the business grew, he opened up in a larger facility in Yeadon.

Going from those early days as a graffiti artist, Martino said, “I was really good and people hired me to do their store signs. I learned every aspect of the sign industry.”

One of his early projects was for the National Children’s Museum in National Harbor, Md.,. that has since closed.

“When they opened, they gave us a month and we did the entire city block,” Martino recalled. Along with a sign above the front entrance, he also did all the graphics and paintings on the first floor of the building. There was also a statue of Big Bird that was near the front entrance that he designed and built.

“When they came to me with the Big Bird it was originally just a cutout on the wall,” Martino said. But museum officials wanted it pulled away from the building and Martino said it had to be a statue because small kids would be climbing and hanging on it.

For the Big Bird, he had to excavate the brick that had already been put down, put down two cubic yards of concrete with sleeves and rebar to mount it and then the area had to be repaved, he said.

Next, he said, they had to make the structural steel that went on the inside of the bird and do the fiberglass on the outside.

“People asked if we make banners and stickers yes, we make banners and stickers but we make so much more,” Martino said. “Our trade in the construction industry is completely different than anyone else’s.” What makes it different, he said is that they have to know everything electrical, engineering, building, design work he’s even had to write computer programs for some of his signs.

Martino said that his talent gives him confidence and makes him a showman.

“Because I do all of these trades, I have a very, very large ego. I call myself the Great Martino,” he said.

The showmanship along with the relationship between Martino and his sons is a big part of why Raab thinks the show can be a hit.

One of Martino’s side projects on which he’s currently working with one of his sons is reconfiguring the frame of a Ford F 150 and the body of an old Woodie station wagon that will become what they’ve started calling a Monster Woodie. “It’s something I do with my kids,” Martino said. “I’ve always done stuff with them and I always try to teach them talents and the fun projects. Joey [Martino], 17, learned how to weld, he learned how to pick wrenches he learned while he was having fun and I’ve done that with all my boys.”

His stepson, Steven Dioguardi, 27, runs his service truck every day and installs signs and fixes signs. His son David, 21, comes in every day and runs a lot of the machinery and equipment in the Yeadon shop.

Raab said as he got into meetings with Martino, he learned not only about how complicated the sign business is but the other things he does like building the Monster Woodie with his sons. “And then I started seeing videos of him with his kids,” Raab said recalling the garden hose stunt.

Raab said he’s been working on a few show ideas but this one is a little different.

“On the other shows, we were trying to create something, and on this one, we are trying to capture what is already here,” he said. “There’s already a lot of fun stuff going on. It’s a lot of hard work going on but it’s a lot of fun, too, and it’s just the relationships between them. I just want to turn on the camera on and follow them around.”

In the pilot there is a scene were Martino is talking about the great work one of his installers is doing and the example he is setting for his sons. Then, when the camera turns to the installer, Quinn, there’s a set of “bleep, bleep, bleep” going on.

But, Raab added, there was still professionalism in Quinn. They were able to capture the signs getting finished for a CVS on time despite having to finish the job in the rain. The viewers will get to see that Martino and his workers are good at what they do, and how they work together, said Raab.

Raab said in the show you’re rooting for them to get the job done but at the same time, you are watching them have fun doing the work and the relationship between Dave, his sons and some of the other employees.

“It’s a family business and funny stuff just kind of happens,” Raab said.

Raab plans on shopping the show to networks this month and, if sold, it could be on TV in 6 to 12 months.

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Yoga group benefits from relationships with businessesLate on a Thursday night, about 50 people held synchronized poses under the Christmas lights on the Denton Square.

The Courthouse on the Square lawn is just one of 10 locations where the Karma Yoga group gathers for classes. Whether it’s local breweries, banks, clothing stores, bars or a random outdoor location, Karma finds a way to make each space its own personal studio.

“It just became this ride we were on that started to keep going and growing, and we’ve just been riding it out,” said Tiffany Johnson, the group’s head instructor.

SproutingJohnson, 29, has been doing yoga since she was 10, but she is relatively new to teaching. She received instructor certification in November.

As part of her training, Johnson had to do “karma” yoga sessions, which required her to lead informal classes with family and friends. She said she enjoyed it so much that she wanted to expand on that idea.

“Some people can be intimidated by a big studio,” Johnson said. “We try to make this as easy and convenient and as stress free as possible, because yoga shouldn’t be stressful.”

Johnson said she has an innate desire to share yoga with the community because it helped ease her own bouts with depression and anxiety.

After she got certified as a yoga instructor, Johnson went to Audacity Brew House and asked co owner Doug Smith if she could use the facility to teach yoga classes.

At first, the fledging group included two to three Audacity employees, family members and a handful of friends.

“If one person shows up, it makes it worth it,” she said.

After a few months, the Audacity patio became a little crowded. They had to add an extra class to accommodate everyone. On Valentine’s Day weekend, business inexplicably boomed. Johnson said there were about 40 people at the brewery that Saturday and Sunday.

“I was like, ‘where did all of these people come from?'” Johnson said.

Karma Yoga eventually received so much community support that it had to expand. The group started hosting classes at Mulberry Street Cantina and House of Quad roller derby facility.

Giving backAfter the group’s official debut at 35 Denton in March, it has become a staple of the community. Many classes have up to 50 people in attendance.

Johnson said Karma started asking for $5 donations at certain classes. Half of the money goes to local charities, and the other half pays for mats. The remaining money goes to a small stipend for the instructors.

Now, the group offers $40 “class cards,” each good for 10 sessions. Participants must get their card signed each time they go to a paid class, and 35 percent of proceeds go to the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Denton Animal Support Foundation and Giving Hope Inc.

“This fills our hearts so much just to be able to give back to the community,” Johnson said.

The community recognizes those efforts, as businesses welcome the group with open arms. Wednesday. class on the same day.

JBG Organic Farms, Barefoot Outfitters and Mean Green CrossFit are avid supporters of the group. Johnson said relationships with local businesses are extremely important for Karma Yoga.

“We try to drive traffic into these businesses,” she said. “Without them we don’t exist.”

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Joseph David Ray is the president of the PointBank branch, and he met Johnson when she was getting her teaching certificate in Flower Mound. When Karma started, he was eager to let the group use the bank. It made it easy for him to attend class.

“Tiffany has got a heart for what she does,” Ray said. “The whole community and charity aspect is very important to her, and that just comes through in her classes.”

When Johnson isn’t on the mat, she is a full time accountant. She graduated from UNT with a business degree in 2010.

With tattoos streaming down her right leg, she is usually accompanied by one of her four hedgehogs when she is teaching a session. Her pet’s presence in class adds to her unorthodox teaching style.

“We believe there is no cookie cutter image of what a pose is,” she said.

Jess McReynolds, who has been an instructor with Johnson since the beginning, said it’s important to step away from the formality of a pose.
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