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Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 1) 385

by ncc74656 (#46780975) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Just remember to deduct that $100 next year (for those that don't know, tax prep fees are deductible).

Not always. Tax-prep fees go in a part of Schedule A for which there's a minimum you have to meet (2% of adjusted gross income) before you can deduct anything. The $500+ my wife and I forked over to H&R Block last year? Not deductible. :-P

OTOH, I was able to do my own filing this year by looking at what forms had been generated last year and making changes where appropriate. I grabbed the fillable forms from the IRS website, filled them in with Okular, printed them out, stapled our W-2s to them, and stuffed them into an envelope. Since we still owed money (less than $100 this year, vs. $3000+ last year...w00t!), I don't care how long it takes for the mail to get through and for the IRS to do its processing.

Comment: Re:Burned once (Score 1) 193

by Curunir_wolf (#46762891) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

The 30-pin connector was in use for about a decade, and you can get an adapter to use Lighting connector devices with 30-pin connector accessories. This is a non-issue.

The adapter, when used with the car head units designed for 5 - 6 gen iPods, does not supply power, and that IS a MAJOR issue!

The solution is NOT a $30 adapter, it's a $250 iPod classic!!

Comment: Re:Burned once (Score 1) 193

by Curunir_wolf (#46762829) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Uh, Apple does make an adapter for it... I know it's $30, but it's at least a solution. (Our car has a USB port, so it's just a matter of changing the cable for us.)

Except that unlike the old cable, with the adapter it doesn't provide a charge, only the connection. So it drains the battery as it's used, then I have to charge it by connecting it to the car charger. There doesn't seem to be a way to connect it to the stereo and charger at the same time, at least with the adapter.

Really renders the whole thing useless. The cheapest fix is to return this iPod, and buy an iPod classic for about $250. Way more capacity than I need, and more money than I wanted to spend, but it does have the 30-pin connector like my old (!!) 5th gen, so hopefully it would work the same...

Comment: Burned once (Score 1) 193

by Curunir_wolf (#46762443) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple's CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry.

Well, it could have, but after investing in a head unit with the expensive licensed connector for my iPod, then finding when my out-of-warranty iPod died that my new one would not work with the very expensive head unit any more because they changed the connector ... well.

As the saying goes: "Screw me once, shame on me, screw me twice, Fuck you Apple - NEVER AGAIN!!"

Comment: Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (Score 1) 630

by Curunir_wolf (#46759695) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Or is this one of those cases where some judges have already decided that their preferences and policies are more important than what the Constitution says?

Oh, judges decided long ago that due process does not mean "having your day in court." A bureaucracy simply has to publish their administrative procedure, which includes some provision where they are supposed to read any letter sent in by the defendant, and the administrative procedure is automatically considered to be all the "due process" required.

Comment: Re:Ex Post Facto Law (Score 1) 630

by Curunir_wolf (#46759651) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

BTW, can you be jailed for failing to pay the IRS? Makes me wonder how 'civil' that infraction is then...

Actually, no you can't. They can seize all of your bank accounts and assets (including your home, if you owe more than $5,000), but they cannot jail you.

But, they can jail you for tax evasion and tax fraud. Those are both felonies.

From Title 26:

  1. Willful failure to file a tax return is a misdemeanor pursuant to IRC 7203. In cases where an overt act of evasion occurred, willful failure to file may be elevated to a felony under IRC 7201, Tax Evasion.
  2. If failure to file a return is fraudulent, a civil penalty known as the "fraudulent failure to file (FFTF) penalty" may apply under IRC 6651(f). This penalty may apply to all returns due after 12/31/1989 (determined without regard to extensions).
  3. The civil fraud penalty may be applied to all returns required to be filed on or before 12/31/1989.

Comment: Re:Bush Vetoed this, apparently (Score 1) 630

by Curunir_wolf (#46759541) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

It does not really make any more difference whether a candidate is a Democrat or Republican. What is really important in the next election is to vote against whoever is in office currently and vote for their opponent most likely to throw them out.

Hear, hear! This is always my default position - vote for the non-incumbent. There are over a dozen senators and more congressmen that have held office for at least 30 years! Way past time for a clean up.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 630

by Curunir_wolf (#46759279) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

The only matter that was stopping the IRS from going after long-forgotten debts was its policy.

Obviously not true, or they would not have needed legislation to start doing it.

The fact that inheritors are responsible for the civil damages, including ones from future lawsuits, is nothing new.

It certainly is in the United States. You cannot go after an heir for their ancestors debts. Ever. You can sue based on property owner liability issues, based on ownership at the time, but that still has nothing to do with "inheritors" or relatives, just the current property owner.

Comment: Re:No shit Sherlock (Score 1) 341

even if its as simple as stopping the massive amounts of emissions

In what way would deindustrialization and the attendant five-billions deaths be considered "simple". Heck, I'd bet there'd be some political push-back on your idea after as few as one-billion deaths.

Considering that climate engineering would cost us only a tiny fraction of cost of deindustrialization -- and has a chance in hell of actually working -- it's the approach we should be taking the most seriously.

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. -- James H. Boren

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