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You May Not Have to Ask to Get an Extension

11/05/17 2:20 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Right before this year’s tax deadline, the IRS put out a release reminding people that some of us may not have to ask for an extension. While this advice is coming a bit late from me for the current tax year, it is definitely something to keep in mind. As the IRS notes “Taxpayers in Presidentially-declared disaster areas, members of the military...

Video Relay Scam Targeting Deaf and Hard of Hearing

20/02/17 11:45 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

The IRS is warning that con artists are using video relay services (VRS) as a way of potentially scamming deaf and hard of hearing individuals. It appears these bad actors are using VRS just like many of the other phone and email scams that are constantly being reported. These people will call claiming to be from the IRS and demand payment of a ...

Oh Thank Heaven, the IRS and 7-Eleven?

07/04/16 6:11 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

When I think of 7-Eleven I think of Slurpees. When I think of the IRS, well, I don’t think of Slurpees. Now, thanks to a partnership between the IRS, ACI WorldWide’s OfficialPayments.com and the PayNearMe Company, we can all pay our taxes at over 7,000 7-Eleven stores throughout the USA and pick up that Slurpee while we’re there. The bonus here ...

IRS’ Identity Protection PIN Recovery System Compromised

04/03/16 4:00 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Another tax filing season means another season of opportunities for tax fraud. And to add insult to last year’s injury, some of the same people who were victims of the IRS’ data breach are being victimized once again. Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity is reporting the Identity Protection (IP) PIN the IRS sent out to those affected by last year’s...

An Eventful Couple of Weeks for Tesla

22/10/15 10:53 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  The past couple of weeks have produced some interesting headlines for Tesla, with headlines from the last couple of days even driving the price of Tesla’s stock down. On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Consumer Reports released results from its Annual Auto Reliability Survey which forecasted Tesla’s Model S as likely to have a worse-than-average...

IRS’ “Get Transcript” Application Gets Hacked

11/06/15 8:00 am | Comments (1) | Posted By:

  On May 26th the Internal Revenue Service announced that more than 100,000 accounts from the “Get Transcript” application had been accessed by unauthorized individuals (i.e. criminals). The data stolen consisted of Social Security information, dates of birth and street addresses along with prior year tax transcripts. Access to the Get Transc...

Recent News in Review

07/05/15 3:35 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

As my mind is busy with other things in life, I thought I’d buzz through some of the week’s events I have found interesting. And as much as the royal baby is cute, I won’t spend any more time on that subject. This week saw the American celebration of Cinco de Mayo (and yes, we are primarily the only ones celebrating). I personally didn’t get ...

Tax Season Haikus

04/04/15 10:25 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Blossoms everywhere

Tax deadline will soon be here

Two more weeks then sleep

   

Tax deadline is near

Pink and white blossoms abound

It’s cold; spring is here

 

Cutting the Cord

05/03/15 12:44 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  Since we moved back in September, my wife and I have dropped cable television and have gone the cord cutting route of using various streaming services. I’m happy to report that we’re very satisfied with the choice. It’s not a perfect alternative, but I do enjoy knowing I’m not shelling out $150 a month for a bundle of TV and internet servic...

An accounting Haiku during this busy season

12/09/14 2:27 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Workdays turn to night

Leaves soon bathe in red and orange

Tax deadlines approach

 
Deadlines
September 15, 2014:
  • Corporations, S Corps, Partnerships and Trusts - 2013 calendar year income tax returns due (if timely extension was requested)
  • Individuals and Corporations - 2014 third quarter estimated income tax payments due
Octo...

Aereo Loses at Supreme Court

24/07/14 11:54 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  In April, I wrote a blog discussing the case of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc v. Aereo, Inc. The case had just been argued in front of the Supreme Court, so a decision was a couple of months off. On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court finally issued its ruling with a 6-3 decision in favor of the broadcasting companies. The majority’s...

Tiny Antennas Make Broadcasters Mad

23/04/14 9:41 am | Comments (1) | Posted By:

  On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc v. Aereo, Inc. This case pits an Internet startup against the behemoths of the broadcasting world. At the heart of the case is basically whether or not Aereo can continue to be in business. Let’s start at the beginning. Aereo is an Internet b...

I Joined the Republic

06/03/14 11:50 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

When I last made noise on the BVCo. blog I was discussing my search for a cheaper cell phone bill. Well, I finally made a decision. I joined up with Republic Wireless and brought my phone bill down to $25 a month. This is $55 savings from the $80 a month bill I was previously paying. With these monthly savings I will recoup the cost of the new p...

The Quest for a Cheaper Cell Phone Bill

09/01/14 12:54 pm | Comments (1) | Posted By:

  How much do you pay for your cell phone monthly? I’m not on the most expensive plan, but I still pay nearly $80 a month. While the price of my plan hasn’t increased in recent years, primarily because I haven’t upgraded my phone, I still feel $80 is too much. On top of it currently being too expensive, if I decide to upgrade my phone at a su...

Is Reno a City of Sustenance as Well as Indulgence?

24/10/13 8:00 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  In an article published last week ("A Reno Neighborhood Drinks in Style"), The New York Times declared “Reno is now a city of sustenance as well as indulgence.” This declaration came after some enthusiastic and positive writing on the happenings of Midtown District businesses. The article wandered from the Old Granite Street Eatery to Reno ...

Alex Rodriguez: The Guy we Love to Hate

29/08/13 8:00 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  I’m going to talk a little baseball today. It’s been on my mind since hearing about it and then watching a recap of the eventful New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox game on Sunday, August 18. I know most everyone hates Alex Rodriquez, public enemy number one in the baseball world, but just indulge me. For those unaware, Alex Rodriquez and tw...

Blogging about Blogs – you can learn quite a bit

01/08/13 1:55 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

It's my turn again. The dreaded blog is due. What to write always seems to drive the "dreaded" part of a "blog is due." So, I fired up Google News and started reading away. There was definitely much to write about, but I wanted something local. Clicking on the News Near You section didn't highlight any particularly interesting articles, but it d...

Spring Time Means…Food Truck Fridays!

09/05/13 8:00 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

It's that time of year again: The weather is warming, the skies are blue, let’s grab some grub at Reno Food Truck Fridays to feed that hunger in you. My horrible rhyming aside, this bimonthly, gastronomic event is back in town. Setting up shop every first and third Friday of the month, Reno Food Truck Fridays (RFTF) is a great way to get out...

Naps During the Work Day Equal Increased Productivity

14/03/13 7:53 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  Now that we are in the thick of tax season, I have to say...I'm tired. No, not of work. I'm physically and mentally tired, mainly because I don't get enough sleep during the night. Longer work days and longer work weeks have made my available sleep time appear to diminish. (Oh, and let's not get started about daylight saving time; I've been...

Do You Use Social Media?

14/02/13 11:46 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  So, how about it? Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter. Do you use any of them? Do you post pictures and check-in when you visit places? While your intent may be to keep your friends and family in the loop (even when we don't want to know), other parties may be interested too. Raytheon, a Massachusetts-based defense contractor, has been developing...

Let the tax season begin…a little late

10/01/13 12:12 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  The IRS has just announced plans that the 2013 tax season will begin on January 30, 2013 (a Wednesday if you're wondering). This misses the previously set date of January 22, 2013, but given that Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) in 2013 when it should have passed it in 2012, a late start of only eight days is impressi...

Vote Early, Not Often in Washoe County

18/10/12 4:03 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Have you heard? There's an election coming up. It's not easy to miss with the constant barrage of TV, radio, and mail advertisements. With the General Election a little less than three weeks away, early voting is almost here. Saturday, October 20, 2012, is the first day to vote early in Washoe County and you will then have until November 2, 2...