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First up, a rumor. I haven't checked it out yet - I will, but I wanted more people to look for it, too. I heard it from a cattle farmer (who was right on the ammo shortage BEFORE the election, so...) He's heard that there is legislation in the works to require a license/certification to prepare taxes. NOT to be a PAID preparer, mind you - but to simply Prepare them. Like, your own, even. IF true, this is bad.....think of all the Turbo Tax users - if you're not certified, you can't file your own. That would put TT out of business....and it would hurt the working class - *I* don't pay anyone to prepare my taxes; it's bad enough paying $25 to FILE my taxes. Add the fee on top of that....I can't do it. (What about all the companies that prepare their forms in-house (like..us, for example?) - we used to pay Coopers and Lybrand $100K/year for tax prep. Granted, it was for 3 1120S's, 4 partnerships, and 1 1040.....but STILL. Having to pay a "certified" preparer could push some companies from profit to loss.....yes, some companies DO run at that close of a margin. Turbo Tax (and others) runs us $100/program....MUCH cheaper to do it ourselves.) Any one else heard of this?

Climategate: I do NOT doubt that humans have contributed to the changes in our climate. However....I DO question the "fact" that we are the Major cause. Mars is undergoing global warming right now.....and I simply can't see how our little-bitty SOLAR-powered rovers could have contributed. (I also read somewhere that VENUS is getting warmer...and we've never sent probes to Venus as far as I know...). My biggest peeve is that, if we are SO worried about global warming, and are telling EVERYONE to cut out gas consumption.....why did the world leaders FLY to Copenhagen for Climategate? (Don't Jets put out a LOT of pollution - and aren't movie stars like John Travolta scorned because of their private planes? Bit 2-faced there, right?) Why didn't *they* care enough about their "global footprint" to hold a webinar? (And don't toss time-zones into the picture - the leader's time-clocks were still set to their personal time-zones, so that's a non-issue.) If we could afford to let someone from our country fly over there (during a Financial Crisis, yet!), we could afford to lock them in a room somewhere with a webcam and laptop.

Blather: Started posting some yarn reviews last night. They're short, and mostly for my own records....but might prove useful to someone else. I've mostly done sock yarn so far (in my files...I haven't uploaded everything yet. :lol:), but plan on doing other weights, as well. You might not agree with some of *my* opinions, so feel free to tell me why you feel different in the comments. I might change my mind...:grin:
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Date:January 12th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
A quick google turned up this little gem on tax prep, but that only applies to paid tax preparers. So TurboTax would need to be licenced, but its users wouldn't as long as they didn't get paid by a 3rd party. (So I guess I can't charge Teh C0llidge St00dint for tax prep. dammit!)

There's also this editorial which is more recent.

However, given that they're going to force us all to buy health insurance whether we want it or not, I'm sure they can force us all to buy tax prep. too. God forbid H&R Block should go out of business!
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Date:January 12th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm afraid of.....I just did the kids' taxes online, for free :gasp:; if I had to PAY someone to do them (super-simple, just SS Survivor's benefits), it'd be....too expensive to even bother. I'd have to change to no withholding...which would mean no "bonus" at the beginning of the year (which we use to buy big items for the household. :sigh:)
Date:January 13th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)


Nevermind that taxes are illegal, anyhow. They try to do this, and a LOT of people will stop paying altogether, there'll be a coup on the government, and S will definitely HTF.
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Date:January 13th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)

Re: bah!

Can I just say I hope so? Because you're right - taxation withOUT representation is what got us the first Revolution....:sigh:
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