Archive for January 2, 2011

…to all of you who voted for her in the Savvy Magazine Modeling contest. With your effort and votes she finished 6th overall qualifying for the photo spread that may or may not start her on the way to a successful modeling career.

It is important to note that for her and for all the other young ladies who managed to make the top 10 (and consider the difference between 10th and 11th was only 43 votes) this represents only a foot in the door so to speak. It will be up to each one of them to work hard, avoid pitfalls and temptations, and turn this start into a successful future in modeling or media.

But those hurdles are ahead of them, for now it is a time to smile and celebrate. So Hallie, congratulations! May this be just the start of a fantastic year for you and yours.

(and thanks for your kind words).

Ignorance of the Tax law is no excuse

Posted: January 2, 2011 by datechguy in economy, opinion/news
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After recovering from the biggest Christmas open house ever I called my brother who had missed the party and inadvertently found out that I have some work to do ASAP.

Back when I owned a business decades ago I paid what was called quarterly wages, basically estimated tax payments.

Well I don’t remember how it came up (then again after a party that started at 2 p.m. and ended at 4 a.m. anything I remember today is a big bonus) but this also applies to individuals, that is: if you haven’t paid the vast majority of tax due the previous year by Jan 15th or so you pay an additional penalty.

Given the California IOU’s business (and just being broke) I suspect a lot of people didn’t have taxes deducted from unemployment. Given the massive amount of unemployment in the country, there are likely going to be millions upon millions of people getting a nasty tax penalty at the time they can least afford it.

For those who considered their unemployment “fun-employment” the party is about to end.