Filing for bankruptcy should be a transparent process. The person filing for bankruptcy should give an honest declaration of their incomes, expenses, and assets in exchange for having their debts discharged.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.
A notable fraudulent activity committed by many debtors during the filling of their bankruptcy is the concealing of assets.
Concealing of assets refers to a situation where a debtor tries to hide some of their assets during a bankruptcy process. This is done so that these assets don’t end up being used to pay the debtor’s creditors. Once the bankruptcy period is over, the debtor gets their assets back. Thus, the person gets rid of their debt but still retains their assets.
Ways in which a debtor may try to conceal their assets during a bankruptcy filing process include:
· Transferring the assets to friends or family members
· Tying up assets in businesses or hidden companies
· Channeling assets to offshore accounts
· Some debtors pay more money to their creditors
· Buying of property or other expensive luxury items
· Creating fake mortgages, so the property looks like it has no value
· Buy assets such as bonds, insurance policies, annuities, or stocks
If you’re a creditor and you suspect that your debtor may be trying to conceal their assets, you can seek the help of a Melbourne private investigators agency to help prevent bankruptcy.
What Can a Private Investigators Agency Do to Prevent Bankruptcy?
The court expects a debtor filing for bankruptcy to be honest about their debts and the value of their assets. During the case, the court will employ an asset discovery process through which it will gather information on the debtor’s assets.
In addition to the information provided in court, creditors can also hire the services of a private investigator (PI) to locate hidden assets.
A private investigator will:
· Conduct a thorough investigation to locate hidden assets
· Prepare a report that they’ll present in court as evidence
· Give a testimony in court regarding the hidden assets
Why Should You Hire the Services of a PI Agency?
If you’re a creditor and you suspect foul play by your debtor during the filing of their bankruptcy case, you should consider seeking the services of a PI agency.
Such an agency will have access to databases and public records that can help them trace hidden assets. They also have the experience and the tools to conduct such an investigation, something you or your lawyer may not have.
A qualified PI will sift through the debtor’s tax reports, online records, payroll slips, bank records, reports from family and friends, debts, property filings, addresses, references, and other data to locate processes and locations that may be proof of hidden assets. The right private investigator will also know bankruptcy laws and what it takes to satisfy a court that the debtor has hidden assets.
The agency may also have PIs with military and law enforcement background making them the right people for the job.
What Happens If the Debtor is found To Have Concealed Property
If after the private investigator’s report and testimony the court is convinced that the debtor tried to conceal assets, lie about their income, or defraud the court, they may face the below consequences:
· The court will deny them a bankruptcy discharge which means they will still be obligated to pay you and other creditors
· The court will revoke an already granted discharge
· The debtor cannot discharge the debts in that case in any other subsequent bankruptcies
· The debtor may face criminal charges where the penalty may be a $250,000 fine or imprisonment of up to twenty years
If you suspect that a debtor who owes you money may be trying to defraud the bankruptcy process by concealing assets, you need to hire a Melbourne private investigators agency. A PI from the agency will review the case and reveal the truth. If they gather enough evidence to convince the court of the fraud, you might get your debt paid by the debtor.
How to Make Your Hospitality Business More Sustainable
Climate change and its impact on the world has been a major news story for decades, but it’s only in recent years that awareness has been pushed to the fore. This is thanks to the actions of activists such as Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough.
However, it’s also because 2020 was the joint hottest year on record, tying with 2016 – although, unlike 2016, there was no El Nino event last year to contribute to these temperatures.
While there is pressure on companies to play their part and think more sustainably, there are things that smaller businesses can do too. As someone who runs a hospitality business, you can make operations more environmentally aware. If you want to think green, here are some ideas to help.
Consider the materials
How much paper does your business use? There’s a real trend for cardboard menus and paper flyers showcasing the latest dining deals. Hotel rooms are filled with directories and leaflets, too – and these need replacing when they get tatty.
To resolve the issue, try switching to digital. Create online menus that diners can access, have a screen detailing the latest meal deals and specials, and introduce tablets to bedrooms in your hotel. If you’re reluctant to include tablets, try creating a directory on the TV where guests can browse the services your hotel offer, from breakfast serving times to the food on offer.
How much electricity does your business use a day? How much water is wasted?
Try looking at introducing motion sensitive lighting to avoid empty rooms being lit. Also, while it can be tricky to encourage guests to think about the water they use, you can get your staff to set an example by switching off taps when not in use. Even small changes can both save energy and money.
Hospitality businesses see a lot of waste, especially hotels. There’s paper waste, bottles, and food waste to consider, among other things.
Having a robust recycling system in place can help to keep your business sustainable. Introduce recycling bins in guest bedrooms and have these in offices too to encourage best practice.
Additionally, separate food waste bins for your restaurant are an essential part of waste management. By keeping food waste separate, it can be easily removed from the premises.
As with any waste management, there are risks here. Staff could cut themselves on glass or encounter other injuries, so think about how to keep your team safe while they do their job. Arm protection and overalls, for instance, can be useful.
Look at the décor
As well as the day-to-day operations in your business, it’s worth thinking about the materials used in the design and décor. Where possible, try to source reclaimed furniture and trawl the vintage and flea markets for beautiful pieces that could work well in your hotel foyer or guest rooms.
By taking the time to reassess the way your business runs, you could find that you’re lowering your carbon footprint and becoming more sustainable.
Uzbekistan Continues to Modernize its Tax Administration System
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today the Tax Administration Reform Project in Uzbekistan, which is designed to improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the State Tax Committee (STC) and deliver better services to local taxpayers.
The project will be supported by a $60 million concessional credit from the International Development Association (IDA), with financing provided to the Government at a very low-interest rate and a repayment period of 30 years.
“The Government of Uzbekistan has prioritized reforms in the tax administration system to create a better business and investment environment. The new project will help the STC improve its work in the interest of taxpayers,” said Marco Mantovanelli, World Bank Country Manager for Uzbekistan. “In particular, the project will allow to broaden the tax base, leading to a reduction in the informal sector of the economy, which is estimated to be around 50% of GDP; to increase tax revenues; and to help firms and companies create new jobs, benefiting from a more efficient tax administration system.”
The project includes three key components directed at improving the STC’s operational, institutional, technological and human resource capacities, and promoting voluntary compliance across Uzbekistan.
Component 1 will invest in automating the STC’s core tax administration business processes. This includes developing the STC’s new tax management information system to reduce paperwork and simplify the process of paying taxes by businesses and individuals countrywide; upgrading hardware and technological infrastructure; creating a new data center for the STC; and improving governance and the planning capacity of the STC’s IT department.
Component 2 will assist with designing and implementing measures to reduce the informal sector of the economy. This includes improving the STC’s enforcement capabilities to detect and discourage tax evasion; encouraging businesses to stay out of the shadows, including through the use of non-tax incentives; and developing cooperative relationships with the private sector, including through designing new or simplified tax policies and procedures and building partnerships to change taxpayers’ behavior.
Component 3 aims to strengthen the STC’s human resource and institutional capacities to attract, develop, and retain skilled and knowledgeable tax officials. This includes improving STC’s human resources management policies and building capacity through the continuous professional development of tax officials.
Top 5 Examples of Best Nonprofit Grant Proposals
Compiling a grant proposal is a complicated task. Nonprofits have to conduct ample amounts of research, create multiple drafts and compile everything to fit the criteria of the grant foundation. The odds of getting your proposal accepted are already stacked against you and the best way to ensure success is by staying prepared. One way you can make your grant proposal air-tight is by reviewing successful grant proposals. You can add points from previously successful documents to strengthen your case.
Preparation is key
Drafting a grant proposal can be a lengthy process. It is a good idea to start gathering data and reviewing it beforehand. Reviewing successful grant proposals can help you get new ideas and perhaps, inspiration even. You can find a list of effective examples on the internet and we have compiled a few here to make things easy for you.
5 Examples of effective grant proposals
To ease the understanding, the examples are divided as per the sectors for which nonprofits often work.
Education is a key foundation for society and if you are looking to seek a grant to support an educational initiative, this particular example might be conveniently helpful.
Salem Education Foundation: This particular grant was submitted by a school that sought to receive funding for enriched learning opportunities that lay beyond the scope of a conventional classroom. This particular grant proposal was written for history students of the school.
Children can be the most at-risk group of society and there are a multitude of nonprofits that aim to help them. Consequently, there are a huge number of grants that aim to help children fulfill their potential and lead happy lives. The following example is how a grant proposal should look like when the focus of their goal is improving the lives of children.
William T. Grant Foundation: This grant is given to those groups that actively conduct research that is solely focused on improving the lives of young people in the United States. The foundation often publishes accepted grant proposals to help guide those looking to apply. Review their proposals for a better idea on how to craft yours.
Individual and family support
If your nonprofit is actively seeking to serve the disadvantaged population of society, then you will need to submit a proposal that highlights their plight. The following proposal is an example that will help you decide the inclusions for your proposal.
Kennett Area Senior Center: This particular grant was submitted by the Kennett Area Senior Center to the community grant foundation. The grant proposal was a request for funds to provide assistance and necessary services for senior citizens.
If your nonprofit is aiming to raise funds for an arts program or a project, the following example demonstrates what your grant proposal should look like. Upon review you will be clear on what to include in your documentation:
University of Minnesota’s Imagine Fund: Take a look at various successful proposals that were submitted to the Imagine Fund program. This program is known for supporting arts-related projects.
Whether it is scientific research, conservation, or any form of scientific endeavor, the following proposals can provide you with ideas for your grant proposal. You can review them and figure out what to include and how you can solidify the strength of your proposal.
NIAID: The National Allergy and Infectious Diseases grants various funds to institutes and nonprofits looking to drive advancement in the field of science and scientific research. You can peruse through various types of successful grants and figure out what made each one stand out.
These examples are just some of many grant proposals that have achieved success. By studying them and reviewing the literature, your nonprofit can take away ideas and insights which can be useful in drafting your proposal.
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