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Turbo Tax Accuracy Guarantee Experience

Does anyone have experience using the Turbo Tax Accuracy Guarantee? I just received a letter from my state department of revenue indicating that there was an error in the amount paid for state income tax. I pulled out my TT forms and the correct amount was entered, but on another state form that car...
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbo Tax Accuracy Guarantee Experience
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: A Ceramics Question

I would be careful about using various types of glue to seal the cracks if you will be eating from the bowls, not just decorative purposes. Chipped crystal stemware may be repaired, but a hairline crack all the way through may not be a good thing to repair to be used for hot soup again. Another onli...
by EagertoLearnMore
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Ceramics Question
Replies: 9
Views: 517

Re: Passport validity: Do I need at least 6 months?

I can give you very recent experience with renewing a passport with only 6 months until expiration. Since it was a renewal, I sent photo, renewal form, check, and passport via USPS priority mail which carries insurance and tracking. I would suggest UPS or Fedex. My passport traveled all over the USA...
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Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport validity: Do I need at least 6 months?
Replies: 40
Views: 1542

Re: Viking River Cruises

The Rhine River cruise is excellent, but I was there during the early Fall. Just to let you know that the Christmas markets close for a few days around Christmas so there will not be much to see if that is when you are cruising. Luzerne, with Lake Luzerne, is a great place to visit as well as travel...
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Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking River Cruises
Replies: 26
Views: 2861

Re: Costco travel for cruise purchase?

I have used Costco several times for a cruise purchase and received much better prices than directly from the cruise line. Plus, if you are an "executive member" at Costco, you will get special perks reserved only for those cardmembers.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco travel for cruise purchase?
Replies: 11
Views: 1615

Re: PenFed v. Truecar v. BJs v. Costco auto buying

I have used Truecar and Costco. Costco provides a break on the price, but not the best price. Truecar allows you to be contacted by dealers and you can get them to bid on the sale. The Costco approach is more straight forward and no hassle. If you have any problems, Costco will help you. For instanc...
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Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PenFed v. Truecar v. BJs v. Costco auto buying
Replies: 16
Views: 1791

Re: washing machine - front loader or HE top loader?

LG front loader washer and matching gas dryer. No problems, just leave door open and use "tub clean" feature monthly. The tub clean washes the machine drum with hot water and sanitizes the machine. In a prior house I owned a KitchenAid washer (made by Whirlpool). Normally I never purchase ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: washing machine - front loader or HE top loader?
Replies: 52
Views: 2793

Re: custom build home financing

Doesn't the builder want progress payments? If not, sweet deal for you. You get to keep your money during the entire construction period. Plus, the builder will stay on schedule because any delays will cost him more for financing. Does he include any penalties for you in this deal?
by EagertoLearnMore
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: custom build home financing
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED

This is the answer from TT:

This report is not filed with your tax return it is generated only for your records, do not let this issue hinder you
from filing your 2013 tax return.

They obviously have a "buckets" accumulator bug and the totals are placed under the wrong year.
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklis

With the college ID cards, parents can add money to the meal plan as well as money for use doing laundry (no more quarters, insert ID card) and other functions. You can provide the funds, yet have some control over its use. The convenience of being able to do this from your computer is priceless.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklist
Replies: 29
Views: 1000

Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED

Has anyone looked at their tax history report using Turbo Tax? The "buckets" for 2013 for several categories show up under 2009 instead of 2013. Looks like a programming error and does not affect the actual tax return, just the tax history report. For example, 2009 shows a tax refund and a...
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklis

When your child gets online access to his college web site via his student id, see if he can provide you with "limited" access to pay bills at the bursar's site. Then you could ACH money into the bursar's account to pay for everything from medical expenses at the health center, transcripts...
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklist
Replies: 29
Views: 1000

Re: Downsizing: Single home to a condo

OP - regarding your leak with the chimney. We had a home with a leak and although the house was relatively new, we hired a roofer to flash and repair any problems surrounding the shingles near the chimney. No change, leak persisted. We then had a mason tell us to seal the entire masonry chimney on t...
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Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing: Single home to a condo
Replies: 20
Views: 1429

Re: Please Help Me Find A Doctor

Here is a place for all types of immunizations and locations in MA: http://www.passporthealthusa.com/locations/ma/ Just call, make appointment and get everything you need in one trip. Walgreens Healthcare Clinic does the same, but I checked and they are NOT in MA. Maybe some other provider might do ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Help Me Find A Doctor
Replies: 23
Views: 1864

Re: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?

LG french door with bottom freezer. No ice maker in the door, but one in the bottom interior. Very nice looking, very reliable. I have had Kenmore in the past and would not purchase them in the future. I have had KitchenAid in the past and would not purchase them in the future. I would purchase LG a...
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Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?
Replies: 51
Views: 3760

Having/Not having dividends & capital gains reinvested

What is the Bogleheads philosophy on having/not having dividends and capital gains reinvested? Is it different for taxable vs. nontaxable accounts?
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Having/Not having dividends & capital gains reinvested
Replies: 10
Views: 1033

Re: When is the 10% early distribution fee due?

Earnings from an IRA that is removed is considered earned in the year of the contribution, not the year of removal. So, for example, you contribute in 2013 for 2013 year. You remove in 2014, but do not get the form until 2015. The tax on excess earnings would be due for the tax year 2013. You can ta...
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Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When is the 10% early distribution fee due?
Replies: 27
Views: 1783

Re: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2

I doubt that the college will change your 1098-T.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 844

Re: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2

Did you look at the 1098-T from the college? Although you paid for the Spring semester in the previous year, some universities do not consider it paid until the following year. They then credit that amount to the 1098-T for 2013 in your example. Now this has caused me some problems because I withdra...
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 844

Re: Knock on my Door at 11pm

Do you live in an apartment complex, single family house, and in the city or in the suburbs?? Burglars sometimes knock and look for empty homes.
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Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Knock on my Door at 11pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2057

Re: Where in New Jersey to buy home with NYC commute, childr

When we lived in NJ, we found that the Somerset County area was a good mix of convenience and country-style living. The train line runs from Peapack-Gladstone as part of the Morristown line. Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Lyons are various stops as you go east toward NYC. The public school systems ar...
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Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where in New Jersey to buy home with NYC commute, children?
Replies: 66
Views: 3723

Advice for moving to Norwalk CT area

I need the valued advice of the Bogleheads. A young, single, female family member will be moving to the Norwalk CT area for a first job. What things need to be considered - safety, conveniences, etc.? Can anyone suggest a particular area or apartments in this area? What should she be informed about ...
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Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for moving to Norwalk CT area
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Re: Eyeglass Lenses @ Costco

We have used Costco optical for approximately 5 years and have been very satisfied with the price, quality, service, and speed. Any small repairs will be done while you wait. Adjustments for fit are also done while you wait without charge. The selection is sufficient to make a good choice. Their Kir...
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Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eyeglass Lenses @ Costco
Replies: 29
Views: 3172

Re: Santandar Bank advertisement

Sovereign Bank has been part of Santandar for at least a few years because I have a CD with them. It was offered online for a very good rate, but they could not do ACH to accept the money. I had to send in a check, but the rate was very good and I really should have opened a bigger CD. At the time I...
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Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Santandar Bank advertisement
Replies: 14
Views: 1644

Re: Dropped calls - Verizon - lack of response

This is an interesting topic since we have been experiencing the same problems. We also move from room to room and floor to floor within the house. One day the reception was terrible anywhere in the house, but then I went to the basement and the reception was perfect. How did that happen and why? I ...
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Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dropped calls - Verizon - lack of response
Replies: 14
Views: 797

Re: Gloves & working with food

I agree with you regarding the use of gloves and touching non-food objects. At Subway the person making the sandwiches always removes the gloves to take the money and then puts on fresh gloves for the next sandwich. Money is handled by so many people that it contains too many microbes for my taste. ...
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Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gloves & working with food
Replies: 32
Views: 1372

Re: Front load washer and dryer pedestals - like them?

Here is another reason to have the pedestals: On my washer model the filter for the washer is on the outside near the left bottom. Without the pedestals it would be difficult to reach into the area and clean it. I remove the filter, clean it and then look into the opening and remove any build-up. I ...
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Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washer and dryer pedestals - like them?
Replies: 33
Views: 2399

Re: Mouse in House

Was the mouse gray or brown? Gray - house mouse, brown - field mouse. Either way, they love peanut butter, so you could set traps with that. I prefer the poison blocks previously mentioned. These green blocks (various manufacturers) make the animals thirsty and they leave your house searching for wa...
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in House
Replies: 50
Views: 3269

Re: Building new house - central vacuum worth it?

Yes, if you get the right one. I have one now, but have had several brands in different homes. The important things I consider. 1. Get one with a disposable bag. It is cleaner, easier to empty, and protects the motor. 2. Do NOT get a contractor's special. It was inferior to a brand name and did not ...
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Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building new house - central vacuum worth it?
Replies: 35
Views: 3583

Re: My new dishwasher doesn't clean

Have you tried OXI dishwasher booster? You put it in the rinse container instead of the rinsing agent. I found that using the Finish powerballs (as others have mentioned) with the OXI booster works better than using the Finish powerballs with the rinse agent. It does a superior job of cleaning glass...
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Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new dishwasher doesn't clean
Replies: 35
Views: 2928

Re: HP Printer problem

I've had several problems with HP printers and found that disconnecting totally from power and computer and then reattaching sometimes helps. Also, make sure you have the newest drivers by going to HP.com and checking there for your particular printer. HP.com has a section for support and drivers as...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP Printer problem
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: general (financial) advice about musical instruments/les

Having experienced the entire spectrum of musical lessons, competitions, etc. from a parent's prospective, I will say that the piano is a great introduction to music. However, it doesn't work too well with school band, orchestra, and other ensembles. Most pianists play another instrument as well. Fo...
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Sun May 05, 2013 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: general (financial) advice about musical instruments/lessons
Replies: 109
Views: 6568

Re: Septic system woes

First of all, sorry to hear about your problems because past houses have had septic. Never again when we bought new. We have learned a lot though and I will pass on my knowledge. Pump your tank every 2 years on a schedule. Do not wait until you have a problem. Maintenance is key. You do not want to ...
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Septic system woes
Replies: 104
Views: 5980

Re: Laundry Detergent Issues

I use TIDE HE liquid detergent for my front loader. I have tried cheaper products but found they were not up to the job on tough stains. Even Costco's Kirkland brand would not remove stains as well as liquid Tide. So I finished the large jug and went back to Originial Tide. I use LESS than the manuf...
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Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry Detergent Issues
Replies: 71
Views: 4960

Re: Window Blinds - Bali, Levolor, Hunter Douglas

Have used Hunter Douglas in the past and IMO there was nothing superior about them other than the price. This past time we used "Budget Blinds" and they measured and installed too. We were very pleased with the selection as well as the workmanship. It is a franchise so that may depend on t...
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Blinds - Bali, Levolor, Hunter Douglas
Replies: 18
Views: 8820

Re: Upgrading Cookware?

With all of the concern regarding coatings on the new cookware, we decided to stay the course with our old (but still good) Revere ware. It is stainless with the copper bottoms and still works very well. Yes, you do have to clean the copper, but I believe they now have copper core interiors inside t...
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrading Cookware?
Replies: 48
Views: 4079

Re: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants

Congratulations on your weight loss. Clothing sizes are very inconsistent from brand to brand (and even within the same brand.) I have purchased two of the exact same item only to find out that they do not fit the same because of different cutting or sewing techniques. For instance, the pants are no...
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Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants
Replies: 79
Views: 7623

State differences for CPA exam

I am asking any CPAs out there if they can provide some information regarding the CPA exam. I have been helping a young family member with this and understand the requirements and the prometrics testing facilities. This is what is unclear: How do you decide what state to apply to take the CPA exam f...
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Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: State differences for CPA exam
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?

I believe that the security of personal information is compromised in brick and mortar just as easily. For example, look at all the personal information that is contained in health records. Most doctors, dentist, labs, and insurance companies have social security numbers, birth dates, etc. An incred...
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Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?
Replies: 51
Views: 3099

Re: Money Lessons From 'Downton Abbey'

Don't listen to hot tips from your social circle as Robert did in "Downton Abbey." He did repent though when he visited "Shrimpie" in Scotland and Shrimpie admitted that he had to sell his fabulous estate because he did not modernize as Robert had done. Robert modernized under th...
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Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money Lessons From 'Downton Abbey'
Replies: 23
Views: 3122

Re: is window 8 good ??

Firewood42 - I can understand your frustration. Turn off the live tiles to stop them from loading. Install the old "start" menu by utilizing a free download at download.com. As I mentioned before, the shortcuts of Windows Key + C = Charms, Windows Key + D = Desktop, and Windows Key + X = P...
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Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is window 8 good ??
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

Re: is window 8 good ??

OAG - Thanks. Yes, I meant to type Windows Key and got sidetracked. I fixed it with an edit.

I still prefer Windows 7, but with the shortcuts and free "start" menu it is bearable. I also turned OFF the live tiles which I found annoying.
by EagertoLearnMore
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is window 8 good ??
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

Re: is window 8 good ??

Windows 8 uses "tiles" instead of icons. You can download free programs to bring back the "start" menu of windows 7 or you can use toggle keys: Windows Key + D = Desktop Windows Key + X = Programs Windows Key + C = Charms (new word meaning icons on the far right side of screen wh...
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Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is window 8 good ??
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

Re: Need vacation ideas in the San Francisco region

When in San Diego you could visit the Midway. Also, San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (outside of San Diego). Both the zoo and the safari park are very nice.
+1 Muir Woods
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Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need vacation ideas in the San Francisco region
Replies: 37
Views: 2069

Berskshire Hathaway and 3G buying Heinz

So Heinz will become a private company with this deal? Who will benefit the most? According to the news, the stockholders are being paid approximately 20% over yesterday's close.
by EagertoLearnMore
Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berskshire Hathaway and 3G buying Heinz
Replies: 49
Views: 2740

Re: Legos

If you play with Lego, go to http://www.lego.com for message board, INSTRUCTIONS for assembling their products, and replacement of missing pieces. Advanced play is being done by adults as well as children and the site sometimes showcases the projects. Yes, the minifigs are very important and very co...
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Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Legos
Replies: 52
Views: 4265

Re: [looking for programs like] Magic School Bus

We watched Magic School Bus and really enjoyed them. Have you seen "Liberty's Kids" - history based stories around the American Revolution?
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [looking for programs like] Magic School Bus
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: Cheapest way to go from laptop to TV.

Amazon sells HDMI cables that are very inexpensive and they work very well. I would suggest that you purchase a cable that is slightly longer than you think you will need because I found that having the longer cable allows better placement of laptop and more possibilities. Wireless mouse also helps ...
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Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest way to go from laptop to TV.
Replies: 23
Views: 2626

Re: Tax filers - re: Education Credits

Thanks for the heads-up. Indeed, while doing a review today TT says that because of education credits no processing until March. No rush to finish now.
by EagertoLearnMore
Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax filers - re: Education Credits
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

WARNING - Problem with Schedule B on Turbo Tax

I just encountered a serious bug in Turbo Tax and was frustrated until I resolved the problem. When you enter interest and dividends into Turbo Tax (which goes into Schedule B), DO NOT enter any fields that are zero. Just leave the zero fields as blank fields and only enter the numbers. This will el...
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: WARNING - Problem with Schedule B on Turbo Tax
Replies: 13
Views: 2300
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