• How easy is rmd waiver to get?

    Client age 83 has always taken his rmd on time. This year some kind of miscommunication with custodian (Fidelity) resulted in it not being taken out. Didn't realize it until saw January statements Called Fidelity immediately,rmd now out that should have been 2014. Will file waiver request on form 5329 - how likely to be granted? Any other tips? show more
    Client age 83 has always taken his rmd on time. This year some kind of miscommunication with custodian (Fidelity) resulted in it not being taken out. Didn't realize it until saw January statements Called Fidelity immediately,rmd now out that should have been 2014. Will file waiver request on form 5329 - how likely to be granted? Any other tips?
    7 answers · United States · 3 years ago
  • Quickbooks vs. Quicken?

    What advantages does QB offer over Quicken for categorizing, summarizing and reporting checking account transactions? How well does QB handle payroll and all tax calculations/tracking/reporting for federal, state and local taxes, including unemployment reporting and payments, for a small non-profit with only a few employees, compared to using a... show more
    What advantages does QB offer over Quicken for categorizing, summarizing and reporting checking account transactions? How well does QB handle payroll and all tax calculations/tracking/reporting for federal, state and local taxes, including unemployment reporting and payments, for a small non-profit with only a few employees, compared to using a service like Paychex? We have been using Quicken. It's being recommended to us that we move to QB, but by someone who is very familiar with QB but not with Quicken. I have no need for things like billing and invoicing. Thanks for any info you can give me
    4 answers · Software · 4 years ago
  • Getting cat urine smell out of clothes?

    Anyone have any tips for getting odor out of clothes a cat peed on? Multiple washings haven't done it. Thanks.
    Anyone have any tips for getting odor out of clothes a cat peed on? Multiple washings haven't done it. Thanks.
    13 answers · Cats · 5 years ago
  • Tipping question US travel?

    How much is appropriate for a tip for hotel/motel housekeepers? Does it depend on the number of people in the room, how long you stay, or how much of a mess you leave? Say for 2 adults in a room for 4 nights, don't leave a mess so just normal services, room not serviced 2 of the 4 nights, had do not disturb sign up. What's appropriate... show more
    How much is appropriate for a tip for hotel/motel housekeepers? Does it depend on the number of people in the room, how long you stay, or how much of a mess you leave? Say for 2 adults in a room for 4 nights, don't leave a mess so just normal services, room not serviced 2 of the 4 nights, had do not disturb sign up. What's appropriate for an airport shuttle driver? What about driver inside airport for those carts that take handicapped travelers from gate to gate? What if transport is done one on one in a wheelchair?
    9 answers · Other - United States · 5 years ago
  • Education Credits Mid Feb?

    Not a question, just info. This just came across IRS newswire. I know people have been asking, and anxious to know: Issue Number: IR-2013-10 Inside This Issue IRS To Accept Returns Claiming Education Credits by Mid-February WASHINGTON - As preparations continue for the Jan. 30 opening of the 2013 filing season for most taxpayers, the... show more
    Not a question, just info. This just came across IRS newswire. I know people have been asking, and anxious to know: Issue Number: IR-2013-10 Inside This Issue IRS To Accept Returns Claiming Education Credits by Mid-February WASHINGTON - As preparations continue for the Jan. 30 opening of the 2013 filing season for most taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that processing of tax returns claiming education credits will begin by the middle of February. Taxpayers using Form 8863, Education Credits, can begin filing their tax returns after the IRS updates its processing systems. Form 8863 is used to claim two higher education credits -- the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. The IRS emphasized that the delayed start will have no impact on taxpayers claiming other education-related tax benefits, such as the tuition and fees deduction and the student loan interest deduction. People otherwise able to file and claiming these benefits can start filing Jan. 30. As it does every year, the IRS reviews and tests its systems in advance of the opening of the tax season to protect taxpayers from processing errors and refund delays. The IRS discovered during testing that programming modifications are needed to accurately process Forms 8863. Filers who are otherwise able to file but use the Form 8863 will be able to file by mid-February. No action needs to be taken by the taxpayer or their tax professional. Typically through the mid-February period, about 3 million tax returns include Form 8863, less than a quarter of those filed during the year. The IRS remains on track to open the tax season on Jan. 30 for most taxpayers. The Jan. 30 opening includes people claiming the student loan interest deduction on the Form 1040 series or the higher education tuition or fees on Form 8917, Tuition and Fees Deduction. Forms that will be able to be filed later are listed on IRS.gov. Updated information will be posted on IRS.gov.
    6 answers · United States · 5 years ago
  • Temporarily away from home, or not resident with mom?

    Situation: 17 year old girl left mom's house in the spring of 2012 where she had been living for a couple years since her parents split, and is staying with dad and grandparents since then. Nothing has been formally changed. Mom still has legal custody, gets food stamps for her, and girl still goes to the high school in mom's district... show more
    Situation: 17 year old girl left mom's house in the spring of 2012 where she had been living for a couple years since her parents split, and is staying with dad and grandparents since then. Nothing has been formally changed. Mom still has legal custody, gets food stamps for her, and girl still goes to the high school in mom's district rather than dad's, is dropped off at school or at mom's to take the school bus. (yeah, I know, but I'm not going there on the food stamps or school district, just will be trying to do mom's taxes). Younger sister lives with mom and very rarely visits/stays with dad. Parents alternate years claiming the kids; this year is mom's year. Mom's income makes her eligible for EIC; dad's does not, is too high. For 2011, mom got EIC for both kids - both lived with her all that year - even though dad claimed them as dependents. My question, is the older girl temporarily away from home, so eligible for mom to get EIC for her, or does she fail the residency test, so no EIC? Pub 17 says for EIC, someone temporarily away from home is considered living with you during that time. I think "temporarily away" is a real stretch in this case, but would appreciate the opinions of others here. Thanks.
    10 answers · United States · 5 years ago
  • Laptop shutting down - overheating?

    I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, several years old. Recently it's started suddenly shutting down a couple times a week. If I let it sit for a few minutes, it starts back up fine and stays up ok. What's chances it's just overheating, and if I opened it up and cleaned out the accumulated dust and cat hair, it would be fine? And... show more
    I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, several years old. Recently it's started suddenly shutting down a couple times a week. If I let it sit for a few minutes, it starts back up fine and stays up ok. What's chances it's just overheating, and if I opened it up and cleaned out the accumulated dust and cat hair, it would be fine? And would this be hard to do? Any tips? Thanks.
    9 answers · Laptops & Notebooks · 5 years ago
  • Can board member of non-profit be paid for other services to organization?

    Specifically, this is a group that provides supplemental classes for home-schooled kids. Some parents teach some of the classes, receiving $200 for each term they teach. Can the teachers also be on the board and still be paid for teaching? What if the $200 is in the form of a credit for classes for their kids' classes?
    Specifically, this is a group that provides supplemental classes for home-schooled kids. Some parents teach some of the classes, receiving $200 for each term they teach. Can the teachers also be on the board and still be paid for teaching? What if the $200 is in the form of a credit for classes for their kids' classes?
    2 answers · Government & Non-Profit · 5 years ago
  • If an employee chaperones an overnight kids trip, how do they get paid?

    For the entire time of the trip, or is time spent sleeping excluded?
    For the entire time of the trip, or is time spent sleeping excluded?
    5 answers · Corporations · 6 years ago
  • New yahoo email problem?

    Switched to new yahoo mail, and since then every time I open an email, get two popups saying "cannot open... us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/dc....." - the email opens, but have to cancel the two popup windows which takes a lot of time and is a major pain. May have something to do with the ads along the right-hand side of the screen, they... show more
    Switched to new yahoo mail, and since then every time I open an email, get two popups saying "cannot open... us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/dc....." - the email opens, but have to cancel the two popup windows which takes a lot of time and is a major pain. May have something to do with the ads along the right-hand side of the screen, they don't open and say I might not be connected to the internet, but I clearly am since the email comes up.
    1 answer · Other - Yahoo Mail · 6 years ago
  • Layoff with severance - unemployment?

    In PA, if someone is laid off but has several months of severance pay, can they collect unemployment while they're still getting severance? Does it matter if they get a lump sum or get the severance over a period of time like their regular pay would have been, if they're already laid off? When should they apply for unemployment,... show more
    In PA, if someone is laid off but has several months of severance pay, can they collect unemployment while they're still getting severance? Does it matter if they get a lump sum or get the severance over a period of time like their regular pay would have been, if they're already laid off? When should they apply for unemployment, immedicately when they are laid off, or when the severance period ends?
    7 answers · Law & Legal · 7 years ago
  • Filing status "single head of household" - tro please read?

    There is no such thing as single head of household, no matter how many times you insist there is and claim you know something else nobody else does (including, apparently, the IRS). There are five filing statuses - single is one of them, head of household is another. The forms have check boxes on them to choose a filing status, and you can check... show more
    There is no such thing as single head of household, no matter how many times you insist there is and claim you know something else nobody else does (including, apparently, the IRS). There are five filing statuses - single is one of them, head of household is another. The forms have check boxes on them to choose a filing status, and you can check only one box - it says so right on the form. LOOK AT THE FORM PLEASE and stop giving out this bad info. If someone hasn't been with their spouse after June 30 of the tax year, has one or more of their dependent children (or stepchild or foster child) living with them, and meets a few other rules, they can file as Head of Household, not the non-existent SINGLE head of household or as single. If you allowed email, someone could sent this info to you privately rather than post it publicly.
    7 answers · United States · 7 years ago
  • Mistaken identity - how to fix?

    My daughter has the same first name as my son's ex-wife. When son got divorced, he moved back with us, and had his mail forwarded to our house. His ex had also moved but apparently not left a forwarding address, so hers got forwarded to us too. We returned hers to the post office. Daughter no longer lived with us when this happened. Fast... show more
    My daughter has the same first name as my son's ex-wife. When son got divorced, he moved back with us, and had his mail forwarded to our house. His ex had also moved but apparently not left a forwarding address, so hers got forwarded to us too. We returned hers to the post office. Daughter no longer lived with us when this happened. Fast forward six years. Today my daughter got a letter from a firm supposedly tracing people who had money coming to them, envelope and letter addressed to her with her married name and current address (different city than ours but same state as us), but the letter described money owed to my son's ex (she and my daughter have different middle initials and the ex's middle initial was in the text of the explanation in the letter, the firm is in FL where my son and ex lived, we are in PA. The firm appears legit, with a high Better Business Bureau rating. My questions are 1) how did their info get merged, and where 2) what can she do to find out where the merged info exists, and get the info un-merged 3) what trouble can this cause her in the future? She has checked her credit rpt with all 3 companies and nothing is out of line there. My daughter is understandably upset. Son's ex was arrested for cocaine some time after their split. None of us has any idea where she is now.
    4 answers · Personal Finance · 7 years ago
  • For TRO re state disability deduction?

    For about the zillionth time, you've given an answer saying that states deduct at least 1% for disability. That might be true for your state, since some do, but far from all. Check it out.
    For about the zillionth time, you've given an answer saying that states deduct at least 1% for disability. That might be true for your state, since some do, but far from all. Check it out.
    7 answers · United States · 7 years ago
  • I had always been told that student loans couldn't be discharged by bankruptcy.?

    An article today on Yahoo from Kiplinger says otherwise in some circumstances. What's the real story?
    An article today on Yahoo from Kiplinger says otherwise in some circumstances. What's the real story?
    9 answers · Financial Aid · 7 years ago