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Got to Love the IRS!

Okay, somehow, my state income tax for 2008 was either not sent in, or lost. And hunting through what my records have, I can not find 2008! Did find the tax forms (1099′s, etc) and did find the turbo tax software. Now the software, I will try out tomorrow and see what happens.

Reason I need all this? Damn state of Iowa sent me a letter that they do not show 2008 return! And they estimate I owe big time taxes! Geesh. How can I owe them taxes for that one year when for every year since I have either no taxes or like less than $100 tax.

So I went just now to the IRS site and bam! There it was, transcripts of tax returns. And lucky me, 2008 was as far back as they go! So ordered the transcripts from that year. Now this is not a copy of the tax return, just a short transcript that shows all the pertinent information. Information I will need to send in to the state of Iowa to show I owe no damn state taxes!

Of course, I could have got a complete copy of our tax return for that year, but that costs $57.00. The transcripts are FREE!

Should have the transcripts within 5-10 days according to the IRS.

Would of been even faster if they had a “want us to email this to you” button to click. I would gladly then print it out.

Oh, and the fine print I found funny as hell. Basically IRS said that this is an official transcript and you will receive the transcript. But you have permission to make copies of your transcript! Thanks IRS for letting me make copies of my own tax return information.

See, people bitch about the IRS, but admit it, there are times you love it. Just like I love the IRS right now. Maybe not later, but at least for now the love is there from me!

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Five Myths About the High Price of Gasoline…

With the price of gas continuing to skyrocket, it is up another two cents in San Antonio in the past 24 hours, a number of myths and misconceptions have grown up around the gas industry among consumers frustrated by prices which appear to be beyond their control.

1) Why do gas stations charge such wildly different prices?  Even on the same street corner, prices can be as much as a nickel different, and prices across San Antonio vary by more than 25 cents.

There are several factors that go into the price of gasoline.  Of course, the price of crude oil is number one, but there are several other factors, including the amount that the station paid for the land, which in itself can vary wildly.  Property prices can be different depending on when the station was built, whether it has a car wash or other facilities, and even what side of the street it is on.

Stations can pay different prices for the fuel it buys wholesale, according to Bill Day of Valero Energy Corp.

“Stores that are busier and get more deliveries can get volume discounts,” he said.  “If a store gets more frequent deliveries, that can reflect changes in the price more often.”

Even factors like whether a station accepts debit cards or has a branded credit card can affect the price you pay.

Read them all HERE.

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Many consumers could see their water bills double or even triple, as the country attempts to overhaul its aging water system over the next 25 years.

A new study by the American Water Works Association found that repairing and expanding the U.S. drinking water system between 2011 and 2035 will cost at least $1 trillion, an amount that will largely be paid for by jacking up household water bills.

“The amounts will vary depending on community size and geographic region, but in some communities these infrastructure costs alone could triple the size of a typical family’s water bills,” the report said.

Currently, the average household water bill is about $335 per year, according to the non-profit, which focuses on drinking water quality and supply.

Small, rural communities are likely to be hit the hardest because there are fewer people to share the expenses of infrastructure projects. Families in these areas are likely to see their bills jump between $300 and $550 per year due to infrastructure repairs and expansion costs. And that doesn’t even include added costs of other big projects that may come up like replacing pipes to meet new regulations.

More

(this is another something that most people just do not think about)

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Made-to-order Baked Potato Bean Bag Chair w/ Butter Pillow.

(not for me!)

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9 Foreign Words the English Language Desperately Needs.

Study finds Ambien users five times more likely to die young (holy shit! and they advertise this on tv constantly)

Department of Homeland Security kept close eye on Occupy Wall Street, report reveals; police evict Occupy London protesters from St Paul’s Cathedral camp.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will not seek re-election, Nate Silver predicts GOP will likely lose the state.

Report: Remains of 9/11 victims ended up in landfill.

Virginia Senate passes revised version of ultrasound bill; Alabama Senate to rewrite its own invasive ultrasound bill.

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Just saw this and talk about ROFLMAO!!!! It is hilariously funny!

See more at CollegeHumor

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This is what I said at the time and still say today, there never should have been an auto bailout (Ford did not take a cent, to their credit).

National Journal:

A majority of Americans think the federal government should not have helped out U.S. automakers that were in financial trouble, but rather should have allowed them to go it alone, according to a new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.

Thirty-six percent of Americans think the government should have provided help, but 55 percent think “these companies should have been allowed to succeed or fail on their own,” the poll shows. The results echo other surveys, including a May 2010 poll conducted by CBS News in which a third of respondents thought the government should have helped, while 61 percent thought they should not have.

 

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