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Old 02-27-2018, 10:01 PM   #16
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Thanks for your very kind response. I was alert to this because I have been making preparations to do my taxes.

I got around to reading the NYT Mag article today. I must say, I found nothing surprising in it, though I wasn't aware of some of the nitty-gritty.

I fear we are in a new Gilded Age.
 
Old 02-28-2018, 09:51 AM   #17
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I do my taxes every year with a spreadsheet, copying last year's page to the next. I was badly, badly burned by tax software and will never make that mistake again.

After all, income tax is very simple:
  • Q: How much money did you make last year?
  • A: Send it in.

Download the tax document PDFs and follow the directions. Fill out the form electronically, print it, and mail it in certified mail – return receipt requested. When the little green card comes back, staple it to a printed copy of your return and keep it f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

If the statute of limitations is, say, five years, then tax authorities will wait four years, eleven months and thirty days to challenge you. Likely as not they'll claim that you never filed anything, knowing that you probably can't obtain financial records anymore and hoping that you didn't keep a copy of the return and proof of mailing. (If you filed electronically, it's your word against theirs, and in that contest guess who wins?)

"No, sir. Here's a scanned copy of the certified-mail receipt showing the official dated postmark and the address to which it was sent, and your stamp acknowledging receipt. You can examine the original if you like. Have a good day, sir, and pick a better victim next time."

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Old 02-28-2018, 10:34 PM   #18
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After all, income tax is very simple
Income tax may be simple, but my income is not. I use H. and R. Block's software, which was Kiplinger's Tax Cut when I started using it two decades ago. (My father was always a big fan of Kiplinger's and used to subscribe to the magazine.)

My friend uses (mumble) online. I wouldn't do my taxes online on a bet. Might end up with "Equitax."

In related news, I got my first IRS scam phone call of this tax season on my voice mail today. "This is the IRS. We are filing a warrant . . . ."

Yeah.

Right.

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Old 03-01-2018, 02:04 AM   #19
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I succeeded in my own personal case against google

Code:
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Google product: Parrot v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Google model: Parrot v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           BIOS: coreboot v: 4.0-6588-g4acd8ea-dirty date: 09/04/2014
System:    Host: biker Kernel: 4.15.5-antix.1-amd64-smp x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: IceWM 1.4.2
           Distro: antiX-17_x64-full Heather Heyer 24 October 2017
No money was involved. Just taking back what I paid for.
 
  


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