Korean Zombie Returns to UFC!

Last night our client, Chan Sung Jun, was back in the Octagon as the headline event in the UFC Fight Night 104 at the Houston Toyota Center. He was returning after a three and a half year layoff in which he was serving mandatory required military duty in South Korea.
The crowd went wild after he won with a knockout in the first of a scheduled five rounds.

Here are some more snippets of the event from Bleacher Report:

Chan Sung Jung puts the finishing touches on Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night on Saturday night.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Three-and-a-half years isn’t an eternity, but in the land of combat sports, it can be something close. In this cruel world, fighters can age out in months. When you’re talking years, you’re talking eras.

Witness, for instance, the story of Chan Sung Jung, who last competed in August 2013 before missing time to an injury and mandatory military service in his native South Korea.

So 1,282 days later, at UFC Fight Night in Houston on Saturday, Jung returned as a mystery. Such lengthy breaks during a fighter’s prime are nearly unprecedented in major MMA. Yet there he was, still just 29 years old and, for onlookers, frozen in time and reputation.

Would he return rusty? As if he hadn’t skipped a beat? Improved?

The answer was a combination of it all. But in the end, the Zombie did what the Zombie does, overcoming stacked odds, surviving danger, then eating his opponent’s soul.

 

This photo was taken the night before when Cecile met with Chan. His smile is from Cecile telling him how much more money he’ll be taking home due to using our services for filing a proper Tax Withholding Agreement.

Protest the Hero at House of Blues

Last night Jackie and I had the opportunity to go back to House of Blues at Disney Springs.
Our client from Canada, Protest the Hero, was performing to a packed house.
They were the feature group for August Burns Red’s 10th-anniversary Tour.

 

Here’s a picture of Jackie with Tim MacMillar after the show-

Tim MacMillar

APAP – 2017 in New York City

 

I’m in New York City again for this year’s APAP convention. There is a reason why I have lived in Florida for more than 50 years. I’ve also discovered you can no longer make snow angels in front of the Trump Tower…

CERTIFIED ACCEPTANCE AGENTS/ITINs

Internal Revenue Service

CWA Management is very excited to announce that our sister company, Business Development Partners Inc, has been appointed as a Certified Acceptance Agent by the IRS. Business Development Partners is a 29 year CPA firm based in Orlando. We strongly believe that foreign artists should get a US Social Security Number if possible. We consider it to be a superior number to an ITIN. However, there are times when getting an SSN is not possible. An ITIN may be the only solution to getting tax refunded. We can do this for you!

Here is a good article written by Daniel Hood from the website Accounting Today that goes into further detail about expiring ITINs for 2017.

Many ITINs due to expire, IRS warns

Many Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers will expire on Jan. 1, 2017, and ITIN holders hoping to avoid refund delays should renew now, the Internal Revenue Service is warning.

ITINs are used by anyone who has to pay or file U.S. taxes, but isn’t eligible for a Social Security number. Under a recent tax law change, ITINs that haven’t been used on a tax return in the last three years will expire at the beginning of next year.

Also set to expire are ITINs with 78 or 79 as the fourth and fifth digits (9NN-79-NNNN or 9NN-79-NNNN).

While those with expired ITINs can apply for renewal after January 1, the IRS is warning that the usual application period of as little as seven weeks is likely to be as much as four weeks longer for those who submit in January and February.

The service also noted that is seeing a number of common mistakes on renewal applications so far, primarily involving missing information and insufficient supporting information.

Dr. Phillips Charities

Last evening Jackie and I had the opportunity to attend “An Evening of Thanks” hosted by Dr. Phillips Charities.
This was in appreciation of first responders and their unwavering, daily commitment to the safety of Central Florida.
Rascal Flatts was the entertainment. We don’t get an opportunity to see many American groups and it was a thrill to watch them perform.
The real excitement was watching the law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders have an incredible night.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

 

Last night, Jackie and I had the opportunity to see our client, Ben Leftwich at The Social in Orlando.
Ben is very captivating on stage. His sense of humor is spectacular and he makes it a point to connect with his audience personally.

“Lovin’ Life”, New Music Video by The Jive Aces

Congratulations to our client The Jive Aces with the release of their new music video, “Lovin’ Life”, from their album “Spread A Little Happiness”.

Enjoy!

The Trouble With Taxes!

Debtor's Prison

Income Tax, Value Added Tax, Sales Tax, Excise Tax, Inheritance Tax, Corporate Tax, Payroll Tax, Gift Tax…the world is filled with hundreds of different types of taxes. There are so many to choose from it’s enough to keep a politician happy for life and after. So where do you begin? Well, if you are attending the Amsterdam Dance Event this upcoming October 19-23, our very own Cecile Glunt will be speaking to clear everything up for you!

The Trouble With Taxes! will be held on October 20th as one of the ADE Pro venues held that day. The 45-minute seminar will cover topics such as legitimate deductions, credits for  double taxations, everything you want to know about VATs but were afraid to ask and what to do with the abolishment of the VAR system in Holland. So click that link, mark it on your schedule and join Cecile, Harold Grams, Dick Molenaar and Moderator Dave Clarke as they help you navigate the pitfalls and grasp the joys of global entertainment taxation!

PAE in Orlando

The Performing Arts Exchange of the South is holding their annual conference in Orlando. I had a wonderful opportunity to welcome friends to my hometown.
Dinner tonight included Jennifer Morris – Siegel Artist Management, Jackie Page – CWA Management,  David Wannen – President of NAPAMA, Christine Barkley – Creative Booking Agency and Jeff Laramie – SRO Artists.

FOUR Nominations!

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

 

I just received the great news that our client, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, from Prince Edward Island, Canada, scored FOUR nominations this year from their new album Auprès du Poêle at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, being held in Toronto this year, December 2 – 3. This is the most nominations for any performer at this year’s event!

Nominations were in the following categories:

  • Traditional Album of the Year
  • Traditional Singer of the Year
  • Ensemble of the Year
  • Pushing the Boundaries

If you are not familiar with these performers, they are amazingly talented; a bilingual mix of English and French combined with a Guitar, Fiddle and a Bodran, creating a modern Folk/Fusion sound. Check out the reviews on their website.

Congratulations guys and good luck at the awards!