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    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    I no longer qualify for free e-file with the IRS.
    wait is this a good thing or a bad thing
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    It means he's no longer one of the poors.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiggin View Post
    Free file fillable forms are the way to go... Unless your taxes are horribly complex.
    With the foster, crypto, and home sale we went with taxslayer to save time. Worth the $20 imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Feels weird. My wife—like most Swedes, I guess—grew up living in houses, but I've only experienced the apartment dweller's occasionally cramped but otherwise carefree life. About to have an identity crisis now.
    Cleaning that fireplace is gonna be your first moment of "ugh"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    It means he's no longer one of the poors.
    just tryna remind y'all the US is a third-world country

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnaught View Post
    Cleaning that fireplace is gonna be your first moment of "ugh"
    Tbf we'll probably almost never use it
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  6. #6156
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    With the foster, crypto, and home sale we went with taxslayer to save time. Worth the $20 imo.
    Ah, I have taxes that while relatively uncomplicated get rather more expensive to file with software because I have some small side gigs. I think I'd pay $85 with Taxslayer.

    I also don't like how low detail the questioning is for most tax software. I tried out H&R block (but didn't file) and realize I have a much, much better handle on my taxes because I directly use the forms/instructions.

    I'll be itemizing next year, though, so I'll definitely pay up then. Too much of a pain otherwise.
    "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first." - Werner Heisenberg (maybe)

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    Congratulations on the purchase Aimless.

    I'm still trying to wrap my mind about having to pay to file for taxes. How's that a thing? I can understand paying for getting the most out of it, but not qualifying for filing for free?

    P. S. I'll be doing that next week. It mostly consists of a process of verification of the information the tax office has on me.
    Congratulations America

  8. #6158
    Hazir, you can file for free. But if you want to use third party software that holds your hand through the process, you can only get it for free if your income is below a certain threshold - or you use certain services that essentially use your financial data to sell you stuff (the most free option right now is provided by cash app this year). You can always file electronically or by paper for free, you just won't get any help to do it.
    "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first." - Werner Heisenberg (maybe)

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    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
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    It will never beat the recreation of a neanderthal voice:

    Keep on keepin' the beat alive!

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    My daughter's in the living-room trying to teach her doll to say "yellow parallelogram"

    Quote Originally Posted by Flixy View Post
    It will never beat the recreation of a neanderthal voice:

    I still can't believe that's not from a satirical movie... the poor guy, just look at his eyes
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  12. #6162
    Quote Originally Posted by wiggin View Post
    Hazir, you can file for free. But if you want to use third party software that holds your hand through the process, you can only get it for free if your income is below a certain threshold - or you use certain services that essentially use your financial data to sell you stuff (the most free option right now is provided by cash app this year). You can always file electronically or by paper for free, you just won't get any help to do it.
    The tax filing system in the US is fairly complicated, thanks to the PACs that lobby legislatures. My CPA decided to retire this year, because his small firm was spending too much time keeping up with legislative changes (that couldn't be passed onto his clients by raising rates). It's the same phenomenon that made Bookkeepers obsolete.

    I think the promise of "democratization" in the tax filing sphere has been overblown, even exploited by Big Tech, but hasn't done a damn thing to make filing easier, let alone "free".

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    For a long time now, I've been fighting an uphill battle against Swedes who think that a person loses their refugee status or right to asylum by not applying for asylum at the first ostensibly safe country. A while back, I discovered that many of these racists had gotten the idea that the Dublin regulation states that people seeking asylum MUST seek asylum in the first Dublin country they enter... from the official website of the Swedish Migration Agency. The agency made this incorrect claim right under the main heading, and, even though a later paragraph indicated that the reality something else entirely, racists were able to effectively use that page and screenshots of it to support the position that hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Sweden weren't legitimate refugees and asylum seekers.

    Today, after a concerted push, I and a couple of other dorks were able to make the Migration Agency concede that the information was false, and to correct the information on their website. Relieved, vindicated, but almost dying from fremdschämen at the thought of a govt. agency helping racists for several years through sheer stupidity.
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    Seems like covid-19 is mostly behind me.
    Congratulations America

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    For a long time now, I've been fighting an uphill battle against Swedes who think that a person loses their refugee status or right to asylum by not applying for asylum at the first ostensibly safe country. A while back, I discovered that many of these racists had gotten the idea that the Dublin regulation states that people seeking asylum MUST seek asylum in the first Dublin country they enter... from the official website of the Swedish Migration Agency. The agency made this incorrect claim right under the main heading, and, even though a later paragraph indicated that the reality something else entirely, racists were able to effectively use that page and screenshots of it to support the position that hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Sweden weren't legitimate refugees and asylum seekers.

    Today, after a concerted push, I and a couple of other dorks were able to make the Migration Agency concede that the information was false, and to correct the information on their website. Relieved, vindicated, but almost dying from fremdschämen at the thought of a govt. agency helping racists for several years through sheer stupidity.
    Congratulations. Did the corrections go as far as asserting that to be a refugee you don't have to make any application? That the application technically is merely a request upon a state party to recognize your status?
    Congratulations America

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazir View Post
    Congratulations. Did the corrections go as far as asserting that to be a refugee you don't have to make any application? That the application technically is merely a request upon a state party to recognize your status?
    That was already addressed on another part of their website. They acknowledge that the state's job is to—upon request—formally recognize the refugee status of someone who is a refugee, but the language is difficult to parse without prior knowledge. I guess it's just counter-intuitive for many people—after all, we had an ostensibly literate member of this forum who had difficulties appreciating that aspect of refugees' rights

    Just staggering that blatant disinfo about asylum law was allowed to stand uncorrected for six years on the website of the very govt. institution tasked with informing people about their rights as asylum seekers—and, in a sense, also with safeguarding those rights.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
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    Flat finally up for sale

    My wife has been quietly but compulsively hiding stuff in the basement so it was a nightmare to decorate before the shoot.

    The interest hike will probably push down the final sale price by a couple of hundred thousand SEK, which is a bummer. On the other hand, it looks like our mortgage will be €200k smaller than expected so that's a relief. Just wanna get this over with never wanna move again, even if that means I'll have to live here forever. I've moved over a dozen times in my life, I am well and truly sated now.
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