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    Quote Originally Posted by uumlau View Post
    The alternative to "tax season" is to manually pay your taxes every month/quarter, by writing a check out of your account, not by having the money withheld for you by your employer. The IRS adopted withholding as a war time measure in WW2, because the government needed a way to guarantee income that wasn't reliant on voluntary compliance.

    It turned out to be so lucrative, they've never rescinded withholding. And of course the law is written to be lose/lose for the taxpayer. If you overpay, you get your "refund", but no interest. If you underpay, not only do you have to pay the difference, you will often owe penalties and interest above and beyond the amount by which you underpaid.

    Now you might think that'd be cool if it got reversed, where you get to keep the profits if you win, but the government has to pay the penalty if you lose. That's happened before, in many different settings, both tax-based and otherwise. The most dramatic recent example was the housing bubble: banks could make crappy loans, pocket the closing costs, and sell them to the government.


    The money was already yours.

    And unless your tax situation is very simple, you probably paid $30 or so for a tax filing program JUST to get that refund back.
    Nah my tax situation is pretty simple, easy enough that I can figure it out for myself. Its just a nice feeling to see that money come back to me.

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    My mom was just in a car accident. It looks like it was her fault. Oy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sultan of Beans View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    My mom was just in a car accident. It looks like it was her fault. Oy.
    Coincidence?

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    I had to do web search "Is Alton Brown gay?" Then I found out that he's anti-gay, then I found out that he's now leaving his church and possibly his religion so that his children will learn to be accepting of other gender preferences. Good on him. That was some search drama.

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    My INTP Dad story

    I'm currently visiting family and yesterday my Aunt and Dad were discussing a cruise my Dad went on with my Mom as a prize from work

    Dad: Yeah, the sun burn was so bad I didn't really enjoy the time at disney world.
    Me: I didn't know you guys went to disney world on that trip you must have not told us.
    Dad: I'm positive I told you kids.
    Me: Why? I wouldn't have.
    Dad: Because we did go.

    Today my family was gathered together skyping with my brother and his 2 yo son.

    2 yo: We're going out for ice cream!!!
    Dad: We're having ice cream AND PIE!
    Me: You're right Dad. You did tell us you went to disney world without us.
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    I wish I could like my own posts. I would be just as true to myself as I am in real life where I'm my biggest fan. Let the critics frown. I'll do it on my own.

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    I accidentally froze my heavy cream and munster cheese.

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    How can writing rhyming and metric poetry be so damn annoying and exhilarating at the same time?
    "The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd."
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    I hate that there are "boy names" and "girl names." Names are just names. They are concepts and can't be assigned gender. Let people call themselves whatever they want, I say


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