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[ - ] Am sure I will be flamed for this, but is there a place I can input my tax information to see what changes i should make (donations and such) before 2018 to get max back in taxes?? 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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Why flamed? I wish I had an answer for you but I just don’t know. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:28 PM Flag
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Her lack of google skills [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:30 PM Flag
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oP: I presumed this is something that everyone uses for taxes and everyone will tell me i am low tone lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:31 PM Flag
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Low tone is a joke. Asshole. It's a real issue. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:36 PM Flag
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??? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:39 PM Flag
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Tax law explicitly prohibits preparing In 2017 to avoid some issues [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:30 PM Flag
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I think it applies only to pre paying property taxes. Ignore the liberal fear mongering.. plug in your numbers to find out if you will pay less [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:35 PM Flag
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If you have enough income that you need tax planning like this you should have an accountant [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:32 PM Flag
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Not necessarily true. We have more than enough income and we do taxes ourselves. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:36 PM Flag
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True, turbo tax covers so much these days [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:40 PM Flag
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OP clearly does not have that level of experience. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:42 PM Flag
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Why would you spend more money to save part of it on your taxes? Why give $100 to charity to save $25 on your taxes, for a net $75 loss, instead of just paying the $25 in taxes for a net $25 loss? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:42 PM Flag
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if i am giving it away anyway, it's not really a loss for me...if i donate $400 worth of clothes and i am $100 shy of meeting a different bracket, i would prefer to make an additional donation if it makes a difference [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:51 PM Flag
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Tax brackets are marginal, not cumulative. If you are $100 into the next higher tax bracket, you only pay the higher tax on that $100. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:01 PM Flag
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Turbotax would do it. The issue is the amount you get hit by AMT in 2017 - if you get hit, then moving deductions has little value, if you don't then deduct everything this year...! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:42 PM Flag
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Look up Ron Lieber's columns on NYTimes.com. He always has year-end tips. Of course this year is a bit harder to predict, but I'm sure he'll say something. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:17 PM Flag
[ - ] Would you order Lobster Tails from a Mail Order company ? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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Yes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:28 PM Flag
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My friend in Alabama does this every year for NYE. She’s very upper crust and they love it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:31 PM Flag
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Sure, why not. All tails are frozen anyway. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
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Yes!! Link? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:40 PM Flag
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Sure! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:51 PM Flag
[ - ] Any TV writer moms on or anyone similar? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:25 PM Flag
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Long shot but does anyone have the tv writer mom AMA thread? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:26 PM Flag
[ - ] what do you think of someone who gets into a university only because they pick a certain college/major which they are locked into but they don't care as long as they can say they attend the university? 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:24 PM Flag
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like landscape architecture at the state part of cornell^ [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:25 PM Flag
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wow - they have a viticulture major. I would have loved that, lol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:34 PM Flag
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Why? Do you own vineyards? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:37 PM Flag
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trump winery [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:43 PM Flag
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+1 I didn't find out until my late twenties that I have a cousin with a vineyard in Italy. It wouldn't have sucked to get a job there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:50 PM Flag
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I say, to each their own. Many of us don't work in the area in which we majored. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:25 PM Flag
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Why must we think about these situations? They make choices. Same as the rest of us [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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we are looking at the university as a safety and i don't want to hear from these dingbats how their kid went there. they didn't want us to know which major she was in but the kid spilled the beans. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:29 PM Flag
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???? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:41 PM Flag
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Undergrad really doesn't matter most of the time [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:28 PM Flag
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I think literally nothing of the university other people choose. Nothing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:28 PM Flag
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Same. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:42 PM Flag
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I know someone who did Penn Nursing 20 years ago and thought she could transfer to Arts lol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:32 PM Flag
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Same person who only buys clothing with labels on the outside... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:36 PM Flag
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lol, yes this is them, and always later than everyone else so when you smile at their Canada Goose they think you are jealous, not that it was over 5 years ago. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:39 PM Flag
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Like English major at MIT? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:36 PM Flag
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That exists? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:40 PM Flag
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I'm joking [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:50 PM Flag
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I know but now I have to google! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:59 PM Flag
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No joke...they have a literature major [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:58 PM Flag
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They need it for rich dumb legacies [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:26 PM Flag
[ - ] S/O I need gift suggestions for my BF. He does not travel, he does not read, he does not work out. Come to think of it maybe I need a new BF, but I still need a Christmas present. Ideas? 32 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:21 PM Flag
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LOL...was going to say. Does he have any hobbies?? Surely there must be something he is interested in? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:23 PM Flag
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He loves his job and me. And good food and wine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:25 PM Flag
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get him a bottle of wine with a photo of you on it and make the label say "GRAPES OF LOVE" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:39 PM Flag
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Lol! Love it!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:49 PM Flag
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An ipad? Too expensive? How about an experience that the two of you could do together? A broadway show? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:26 PM Flag
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Yes—any suggestions in addition to a show? We do go out quite a bit, and something different might be fun! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:28 PM Flag
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How about a show and then go for drinks afterwards... or get a hotel room for the night! Pricey present but such a fun night out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
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Yes! We both have kids, so great idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:40 PM Flag
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Bottle of great liquor? Like an expensive whiskey or tequila? My DH would love that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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Good idea! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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I suggested crystal head vodka (the dan akroyd one) on a thread months ago and got flamed, but its really good vodka and the bottle is very cool!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:30 PM Flag
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Will check it out. Thx. I drink vodka anyway, and I’m not too picky, so if he doesn’t like it, my win! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
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I think it’s around $80 or $100 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:43 PM Flag
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What a ridiculous waste of money. $80 for a bottle of tasteless vodka! You've been plunked. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:45 PM Flag
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Do you have a brand you like? Gray goose? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:50 PM Flag
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I wouldn’t listen to ^^her, she obviously doesnt have taste. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:54 PM Flag
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Have you tasted it? You’re hilarious. Try tasting something before you judge. Lol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:53 PM Flag
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Some of my DH's favorites are Widow Jane, Don Julio 1942, Pappy Van Winkle, Dos Artes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:31 PM Flag
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Thank you! I don’t know many brands, so that’s helpful! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
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Happy to help! Dos Artes and Don Julio are very good tequilas. The others are whiskey/bourbon. Expensive, but if he is a drinker, these should be a big hit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:35 PM Flag
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^^these are somewhat pricey, but all much loved. Dos Artes is a beautiful bottle and around $85. The others are all $100+ [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:34 PM Flag
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That’s fine—he’s worth it:) I know he likes whiskey, and I’m sure he’d try the others too. Will head to liquor store today. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:40 PM Flag
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Let us know what you get and how he likes it!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:43 PM Flag
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Great-I will. We should have a UB check in after Christmas morning to see what gifts went over well and which ones bombed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:46 PM Flag
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Lol. Yes! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:54 PM Flag
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The Pappy is very very hard to track down and DH says the others are excellent as well. High West is another of his favorites. More moderately priced too. Get some ice spheres to go with it (the ONLY way to drink it according to DH and his friends) and you will have a lovely gift. Sur la Table has the ice spheres for about $10 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:51 PM Flag
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Speaking of tequila how is the George Clooney brand and how can a tequila company possibly sell for over a billion dollars? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:51 PM Flag
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Casamigos? Don't know. My DH is the high end tequila and whiskey drinker above, but he likes Dos Artes and Don Julio 1942 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:54 PM Flag
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Instant pot [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:13 PM Flag
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I want that for me:) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:21 PM Flag
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Sweater, extra large. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:17 PM Flag
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Exactly--except that he's never cold (go figure!) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:21 PM Flag
[ - ] Thoughts on a gift for a smart 10 year old girl? She loves slime (but has a ton of those kits) and any kinds of crafts. She loves nice things (and takes good care of things) as well. TIA! 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:20 PM Flag
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A kindle? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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OP: thank you! I wanted to get this for her, but she prefers paperback...could ask again though! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:28 PM Flag
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How about a nice gift card from Barnes and noble then? She can go and pick out books herself! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:32 PM Flag
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What is your price range? I suggested the kindle below but it may be too expensive? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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up to $60?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:31 PM Flag
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What about a nice water color pad and a set of brushes and water color paint? Michael’s has a nice variety and you could get her a lovely little present for $60. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:41 PM Flag
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My 10 yo is similar and SO into slime this year too!! She loved the box set of hardback Harry Potter books. What about some kind of STEM toy? Like Little Bits? Or a subscription to Tinker Crates. My kids love when those arrive. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:30 PM Flag
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that is great...she would love all of these things. Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:40 PM Flag
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You are very welcome! Happy shopping. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:47 PM Flag
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I scrolled past it and don't remember the name, but there is a kit being advertised on facebook for kids to build their own computers and play minecraft on them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:53 PM Flag
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That's a good age to start knitting -- maybe yarn, needles, a simple pattern and a knitting bag? There are tutorials on YouTube. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:18 PM Flag
[ - ] I'm so confused what this tax plan will mean for my family. HHI around $650k+/-. But we have an LLC that eats up travel and entertainment expenses, so I'm assuming we will get a better tax break there. We have three kids, so losing out on the dependent deduction, but our $1m mortgage will get grandfathered in. And of course our overall tax bracket will go down. I guess we will come out better off overall? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:14 PM Flag
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Really depends on your deductions and AMT. The LLC doesnt matter as you cannot get the pass thru deduction at your income. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:16 PM Flag
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I don't understand the pass through part. We only use the LLC to deduct travel and entertainment (which I love), but no salaries are paid through it. We deduct mortgage interest and average charitable donations. Nothing major there yet. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:18 PM Flag
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You have enough income and wealth to hire a tax professional. Stop being cheap. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:23 PM Flag
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I do have a tax professional. And two financial advisors at different companies so that we stay diversified. But seeing as the tax plan was just released last night, I haven't had time to chat with them just yet. I was just reading it myself and trying to understand. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:25 PM Flag
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So you created a company so you can take tax deductions on your personal expenses? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:24 PM Flag
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No, the LLC is legitimate and earns income through a consultancy/management position in the entertainment industry. But yes, it allows us to deduct those expenses. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:26 PM Flag
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Get with the program. This is very common. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:29 PM Flag
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or: it has been awesome for us. and the accountant was dumbfounded that we hadn't done it earlier. travel, meals, car, cell phone are all deductible. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
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It is SO inspiring to know that struggling workers like yourselves are being helped by tax policies. [ Reply | More ]
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? Why wouldn't I take advantage of tax benefits available to me? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:52 PM Flag
[ - ] I can’t get my teenagers to do anything around the house without a big fight with lots of complaining. All are amazingly academic and artistically talented, so I justify doing all of the housework by telling myself they are doing “their” jobs. I’m about to run away. 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:11 PM Flag
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Does DH help? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:13 PM Flag
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Unfortunately no DH anymore, so probably some guilt factored in there as well. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:16 PM Flag
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I have two teens, also very hard working and accomplished in school, sports, work during the summer, etc. My expectation of what they do around the house isn't fixed, it depends on how busy they are. I approach it that way because well, that is how most adults approach it too. So if they were completely lounging around and I was cleaning the house like a mad woman, I would ask them to help out a bit. But if they are busy doing homework or have a double shift of school plus work, I am not going to stand my ground that they take out the recycling that day, just on principle. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:15 PM Flag
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Thank you!! I needed to hear this. I feel guilty that I might be raising lazy, dependent, sloths, but I really hope this is not the case. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:18 PM Flag
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OR and my oldest is in college now and I am not saying her dorm room is white glove ready on a daily basis but honestly, she pretty seamlessly transitioned into handling her chores and responsibilities. I was also clear with my DCs about why I took the approach I did, which was that I think when family/people we love live together it isn't just about an equitable distribution all the time but rather that a) yes, we are all responsible for pitching in and b) exactly how we pitch in is going to vary over the course of weeks and years and that I personally believe if we can be kind and pitch in when someone else is busy, we should. And FWIW, they would voluntarily step up especially in instances where I was the one who was really busy and juggling a lot/work travel, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:22 PM Flag
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That’s a good perspective. Only one of my three is what I’d call messy, but they definitely don’t offer help without coercion- especially when it’s not benefiting them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:27 PM Flag
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NP-This is my approach, too. Given how much pressure my teen is under at school and with activities, I generally try to layoff on chores. The only issue I've found with this inconsistency is that when she has more time, she isn't always prompt (or consistent) about doing things because it isn't top of mind. I feel like it results in more reminders from me, but I haven't found any other way to deal with it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:20 PM Flag
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Xx. Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:22 PM Flag
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Glad to see these view points. I was told by someone I am raising an entitled teenager - but he is at a rigorous school and when you see the pressure on various fronts I just don’t feel like adding to it consistently. Vacations - of course I expect chores. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:18 PM Flag
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OP-thank you. Same here [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:23 PM Flag
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+1. And at times I don’t insist even knowing he is not doing anything after a really tough day. He needs some down time too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:16 PM Flag
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You have to make it part of family life very early. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:29 PM Flag
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Yep—this was where I failed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:30 PM Flag
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You can try a couple of things now - tell them it's too much and you need help and institute an hour of power every sat or sun morning. Set the timer for one hour and all of you work. Or, you can say you are responsible for these two things. If you can't manage them, I take your phone at 8pm until you find another way to get them done. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:45 PM Flag
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Stop fighting with them. They are teenagers. Post their list of chores, and do not do anything for them, or give them anything, until their chores are done. Cut off their phone service and put a password on the home wifi. Don't give them any money, don't give them rides anywhere, nothing. If they try to fight or argue, put in your earbuds, close your door, and listen to your favorite music or podcast while you tune out the whining. When they act like they are part of the family and contribute to keeping their home clean and pleasant, they can benefit from the household income. Until then, they can sit in their rooms and pout. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:31 PM Flag
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Yes. It’s very hard for me when the chores don’t get done and I want a clean house, or the trash taken out, or the dog fed. Plus there is the divorce situation, and though my ex is a good guy, he is a softy when it comes to the kids, especially the girls. Now is when you say, “well, you need to think of the long-term costs/benefits,” and I know that too. I guess I need to steel myself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:37 PM Flag
[ - ] I have no non kid related accomplishments. Not one. 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:07 PM Flag
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You still have time. [ Reply | More ]
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How does that make you feel? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:10 PM Flag
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Like I’ve lived a wasted life [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:13 PM Flag
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IDA with you. A life is never wasted. I do have non kid related accomplishments but I still believe that children are our greatest accomplishment. This board craps all over moms, and especially moms who stay home, but it's still a very important job you are doing. Flame away ladies. I have errands to do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:39 PM Flag
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I have never gotten teary reading UB till now. I needed to hear that so badly. Thank you. I’m out on that note. Going to run errands myself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:47 PM Flag
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I'm an excellent baker and people request my cakes all the time. And everyone tells me I should open a business. So it isn't a fancy accomplishment by any stretch, but it makes me feel good and it makes other people happy to receive a cake. [ Reply | More ]
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That is an AWESOME talent! My brother would probably marry you for that alone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:19 PM Flag
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Well thank you! Like I said, it makes everyone happy. I enjoy making them and everyone seems to love receiving them. A win win! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:21 PM Flag
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I would marry you for that. I love cake. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:40 PM Flag
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And here I thought UB would destroy me for such a mundane "talent" as baking. :) But cake definitely makes people happy. What's your favorite cake? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:47 PM Flag
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I started a business that became very successful, a very competitive field, in which we earned over 1M in sales within a couple of years. I had to sell the business to pay for over 100K in Fertility treatments to have my one wonderful child. And so I see these two accomplishments tied closely together. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:29 PM Flag
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Sounds like a win win! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:35 PM Flag
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Maybe your best talent is childcare. Start a daycare center or tutorial service. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
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Good perspective. TY [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:38 PM Flag
[ - ] Do you think you're fundamentally the same person you were as a teen? How much (and in what ways) do you think people change in the their late teens and twenties? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I’m the same. But that’s probably not a good thing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:08 PM Flag
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In what ways are you the same? Temperament, level of motivation, sociability, impulsivity? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:10 PM Flag
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Primarily likes and dislikes, political stance, social interests… [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:12 PM Flag
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Yes and no. Still anxious and a little insecure but not nearly as much as I was as a teen. Very different political views - was against pre marital sex and abortion, thought poor people were poor because they didn't work hard. Now realize we are all born on different places of the track and that everyone has hardships regardless of HHI or place in society. [ Reply | More ]
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This is me, too. I read Ayn Rand my senior year of HS and thought she was brilliant. My views have changed significantly. But in terms of my overall personality, I'd say it's more the same than not. I did mature a lot, though. Became a better student in college than I ever was in HS and felt like I "came into my own" in my twenties. But the foundation is similar. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:47 PM Flag
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I'm the same. Kicked around by life - but fundamentally the same. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:30 PM Flag
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In some ways I am the same: Type A, perfectionist, OCD about cleanliness, take charge type person. I never saw it as a negative. Someone had to take change in my house and it was me. It also made me an excellent manager. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:41 PM Flag
[ - ] Stumped on gift for BF. He is not usually a big spender/splurge kind of guy, very practical and appreciates thoughtful gifts. I was thinking about some nice running shirts (he runs and usually just wears old tshirts) and a book (avid reader). Other ideas or does that sound OK? 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:01 PM Flag
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Bombas or Feetures socks... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:04 PM Flag
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Never heard of those, will check them out, thanks [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:05 PM Flag
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Np-both great for runners. And Balega [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:06 PM Flag
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aren't you a little too old to have a boyfriend [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:04 PM Flag
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Are you ever too old? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:05 PM Flag
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Kindle Paperwhite, fit bit, and your ideas sound great too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:04 PM Flag
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I know he doesn't want a Kindle, but thanks for the suggestions! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:06 PM Flag
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Does he travel? My dh loves the travel cubes I got him. Keeps everything nicely folded and organized in a suitcase. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:16 PM Flag
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That is a good idea! He doesn't travel too frequently, but enough that something like that might really be nice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:18 PM Flag
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Aftershokz Trekz Titanium bluetooth headphones [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:19 PM Flag
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I don't know that specific brand but nice headphones is a good idea, thanks. He does enjoy listening to music. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:24 PM Flag
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They're more like earbuds with a headpiece but they're meant for running so you don't have a cord whipping around. The adult gift swap in our family is $75 limit, I drew my SIL and I asked her to pick some out. Of course she picked out $120 earphones ($130) with protection plan, but if my SIL picked them out you can bet they're the best. [ Reply | More ]
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I think those are nice gifts. Sounds like my DH. I usually buy clothing (b/c otherwise he'd never spend), but it's hit or miss - and tickets (concert or sports). Another successful past gift was slippers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:53 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone have friends/relatives who are constantly changing their cell numbers? So frustrating. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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OP: Not for nefarious reasons (like drug dealing, lol), just they get a phone through work, then transfer carriers for their personal and don't keep the number, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:59 PM Flag
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No, everyone I know transfers their number when they change carriers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:02 PM Flag
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This isnt 2002. You havent needed to do that for 15 yrs. Through three carriers I have had the same number since 2001. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:05 PM Flag
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I’ve had the same number since 1999. I win ;) 3 carriers also. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:12 PM Flag
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Sorry I read transfer as meaning change the number. [ Reply | More ]
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No big, I knew what you were getting at. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:34 PM Flag
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OP: I know it isn't 2002 anymore, but my brother and his family have so many numbers most of which amenity used anymore. His family isn't very tech savvy (lol) so he doesnt text often, but recently our father basin the hospital and we needed to text and I ended up doing a group text to about 5 of his numbers, and two responses from new people who had been subsequently issued those numbers. This brother also doesnt watch TV, so all he knew about then Clinton-Lewinsky situation was the transcript he read in the NYT. lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
[ - ] Have you found any youtube videos or other websites with good basic introduction to office skills? There is an assistant in our office I'm stuck with, but who can't do basic Excel data entry without breaking the workbook and can't even grasp how to file documents in a folder system. I don't have the time (or patience) to teach her Office Administration 101, but I can make suggestions to be included in her review in January. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Most Libraries run these kind of courses for free [ Reply | More ]
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Do you have experience with a specific course that you would recommend? [ Reply | More ]
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Your local community college/continuing education will have classes, usually for free, in these subjects. I bet she would actually enjoy the chance to build her skills formally. [ Reply | More ]
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Who hired her? Does she have big breasts? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 06:19 PM Flag
[ - ] What to do with two 9 year old boys? They don't wanna go to Bryant park. UGH 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Virtual Reality Bar on 34th [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] One thing is for sure - Ivanka and Jared will not be welcomed back into the NYC society circles they used to be a part of and will want to return to. 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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A) you overestimate hate for former Presidents and their families after their terms are over; B) why do we need to care? [ Reply | More ]
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Depends on who wins - the Trumps or the Kushners - and who I&J side with publicly between now and then. If Trump throws J & family under the bus, like he does with everyone else, NYC will be very, very slow to forgive. If the Kushners win, and I is publicly contrite, they could salvage their places. [ Reply | More ]
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True, who would want to hang out with Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Mario batali at the spotted pig rape room [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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Lmao [ Reply | More ]
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LOL SP rape room [ Reply | More ]
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Hello fellow socialite, is so nice to see another of "our kind" here on the internet even on just this message board. I am agree with you that surely the name of Jared and Ivanka will not so easily be made TT again. I am no big fan of them so I can be digging this eventuality. Thank you for the conversation and now I am off to ride my horse whose name is Silver Lining By Invitation Only, he is bred thoroughly. I bid you adieu [ Reply | More ]
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FOOMCROFL @ the ESL socialite. :-D [ Reply | More ]
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Not even a funny fake post. [ Reply | More ]
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It's not fake, I know this person, her name is Judy [ Reply | More ]
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Tell me how is like your apartment at Plaza Hotel especially recommended for you by Trump associates? Have you put your foot to earth there yet? [ Reply | More ]
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Mais bien sûr ma petite! [ Reply | More ]
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roflmao [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] it's been a terrible year on UB, garbage content, collective IQ plummeting, etc 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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La Plume de ma Tante! [ Reply | More ]
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Le singe est sur la branche! [ Reply | More ]
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Gâteau ou Mort? [ Reply | More ]
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La souris est en dessous de la table. [ Reply | More ]
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❤️ [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:08 PM Flag
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I know every word, but obviously idioms. Translation? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:15 PM Flag
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Eddie Izzard. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:35 PM Flag
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Indeed. CBS sucks [ Reply | More ]
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Trickle down effect at its finest. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:44 PM Flag
[ - ] Tax moms, would divorce reduce our tax burden? We have 1 propert in nj where dh works and another in nyc where I work. We each earn around 170K. If we divorce each one of us can deduct RE tax and only I would pay state and local tax. Am I miscalculating or will this be significant fur us to not be officially married? 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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^ dh works too far from nyc to commute daily so we really just spend weekends together with kids [ Reply | More ]
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We cant advise you on your whole situation on these details alone, but yes, the deduction is 10k for SALT whether one is single or married. It begs the question what it would be for married filing separately, which if made 10k would mean you wouldnt have to get divorced. [ Reply | More ]
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A lot of new immigrants employ this tactic to get single mom benefits and free housing.. so why not... [ Reply | More ]
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... [ Reply | More ]
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I know one family who divorced to get benefits and the husband then married the sister from overseas to bring them to USA legally... [ Reply | More ]
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I know... It's only bad if the rich cheat. [ Reply | More ]
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No, it's only significant when the rich cheat. Their fraud has a much, much bigger effect on our system than the tiny amounts we lose to welfare cheaters. What Trump absconds with in a year would fund an inner city school, including all new computers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:38 PM Flag
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Well, let's try trickle-down prosecution of corruption. We'll start with prosecution of the wealthiest and most powerful, and then we'll find out if trickle-down really works, by watching to see if the people with less money and power stop committing corrupt and fraudulent acts. [ Reply | More ]
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Tax Audits of high income are far higher as a pct than low income, so this is already happening. [ Reply | More ]
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How is it working out? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:06 PM Flag
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Eh, everything they ask me about I have an answer for and they go away. The key is they arent asking about the right line items. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:08 PM Flag
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I'm talking about real prosecution of the wealthiest and most powerful. Find the fraud, drop them in maximum security prisons, and live-stream their lives in prison on a C-SPAN youtube channel. Then see if the people below them still try to get away with it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:39 PM Flag
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Because it is cheating and dishonest. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:10 PM Flag
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Run total numbers first.. The new brackets may actually save you money overall [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:03 PM Flag
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You have to balance it against costs that increase if you are not married. There are a lot of financial benefits we take for granted when we marry. Even something as simple as insurance - life, health, property, and auto insurance can all increase significantly for single people, depending on the whole picture. You will have a lot more legal expenses, as many issues in life are automatic if you are married but require legal/court/notary action to solidify an action or agreement involving two unmarried people. Look up Unmarried.org. They have a lot of information on the financial and economic costs and benefits of state marriage. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:20 PM Flag
[ - ] What's your take on the Carter Oosterhouse situation? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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TRUE. All those xmas lights made him bonkers [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:42 PM Flag
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Who? [ Reply | More ]
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HGTV star [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:45 PM Flag
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A lot of the makeup artists come on to the actors. Is not like he groped her. She was probably flirting heavily and he asked for a bj. Big fucking deal. [ Reply | More ]
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Yeah, really strange situation. He said she initiated the contact. She now identifies as a lesbian and said she had to be hospitalized due to depression. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:53 PM Flag
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She sounds unhinged [ Reply | More ]
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I have none, don't know who that is [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:06 PM Flag
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Gross. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:09 PM Flag
[ - ] Folks with property taxes way over 10k.. we're you not getting hit with AMT under the old tax system? Will the 10k cap really make that much difference? 23 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:34 PM Flag
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We had income high enough that the regular system taxes were higher than AMT. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:36 PM Flag
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What does the new tax system say about AMT? How will it change? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:38 PM Flag
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You don't need to worry about AMT unless you make over 500k... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:39 PM Flag
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Then I am screwed [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:15 PM Flag
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No AMT unless income is above 500k single, 1m married. Since most people above 1m income wouldnt be in AMT anyway, it begs the question if ANYONE will pay AMT anymore. [ Reply | More ]
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I can imagine someone in NJ paying 30k in property taxes taking quite a hit.. at the same time, should I be shedding any tears for someone living in a million dollar house? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:40 PM Flag
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a lot of middle class people are living in million dollar houses these days [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:41 PM Flag
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That's a them problem, not a me problem [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:46 PM Flag
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Wait, someone who has a million dollar asset is considered middle class? Is this new liberal reasoning? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:50 PM Flag
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NY state+local+RE tax is much much more than 10K AMT wasn’t as significant [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:42 PM Flag
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Rates go down- you have to combine three disparate factors to see the tax hit or benefit [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:58 PM Flag
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Wer do not make $500K and get hit with the AMt every year. Property taxes $13,000. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:45 PM Flag
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And with the new tax, you will not be hit with AMT [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:48 PM Flag
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So you should make out pretty well with AMT going away at your income. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:48 PM Flag
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Not if they are in nyc or California [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:49 PM Flag
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World's smallest violin for the owner of a million dollar house... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 04:59 PM Flag
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We have a $4m place; our taxes are going down because rates fall so much! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:03 PM Flag
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Poster above with AMT/$13,000 property: We are in California. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:33 PM Flag
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I have never paid AMT, make just under 100K a year. In California and property taxes are 8K a year. I assume I am going to be screwed under this new tax system. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:03 PM Flag
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No, you can still deduct the whole 8K (the cap is 10k). You will benefit because rates go down. Start liking the Republicans for once! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:07 PM Flag
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But I will not be able to deduct state and local taxes which here in CA are high. BTW, even if I did benefit I am appalled as I fundamentally disagree with reallocation of wealth along the parameters contained in this tax bill. [ Reply | More ]
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Sorry, I misread. Thought your state income and prop taxes were 8k total. Everyone has to run the numbers- deductions being taken away are a negative but rates go down too which offsets some or all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.16.17, 05:11 PM Flag
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Nothing is stopping you from donating the extra to charity... crickets [ Reply | More ]
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