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by runner26
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct and alternatives
Replies: 65
Views: 4943

Re: TaxAct and alternatives

I haven't received a single communication from TaxAct since I filed my return last January. No offers, no solicitations, nothing. This, after being a loyal (desktop and online) customer for a dozen or so years. I didn't notice any mention on this site of any cyber Monday deals so I intend to provid...
by runner26
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kidde fire extinguisher recall
Replies: 41
Views: 3129

Re: Kidde fire extinguisher recall

Put my request in several weeks ago, just got email that best match for replacement now out of stock and replacements will be delayed.
by runner26
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My Social Security Site not showing my future benefits
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Re: My Social Security Site not showing my future benefits

Yea it is irritating that once you file they stop showing. It happened to me when I did a file and immediate suspend. Now I have no idea what my earnings would be.
by runner26
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Software
Replies: 131
Views: 10642

Re: H&R Block Software

Does it import taxact? A repeat of my earlier post H&R Block...will import last year from Turbo, but not Act. But it did have a PDF import feature. I started my return with the PDF import of last years tax act. It never showed me what it was importing or had a QandA for the imports. My first proble...
by runner26
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct vs HR Block donation assistant
Replies: 1
Views: 270

TaxAct vs HR Block donation assistant

I picked up HR Block this year, and I noticed that the donation assistant for donated items were priced much lower than I remember TaxAct's donation assistant priced them last year. So I brought up the two programs side by side and TaxAct was quoting values 300 to 400 percent higher than HR Block. I...
by runner26
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Software
Replies: 131
Views: 10642

Re: H&R Block Software

I have gone back and forth between Tax Act and Turbo Tax. Tax Act because it was cheaper, then Turbo free from Vanguard, the back to Act when Turbo no longer free. This year Act is quoting an outrageous price and I didn't get the discount offer some got, so I ordered Block based on this thread. It w...
by runner26
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water pressure gauge
Replies: 30
Views: 1595

Re: water pressure gauge

I was doing some work with our expansion tank and purchased this one from home depot. Works very well for what it is... I used this at the water heater so that could be one spot that you can use if you don't have an outdoor spigot: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rain-Bird-2-in-P2A-Water-Pressure-Gauge...
by runner26
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running shoes/insoles
Replies: 35
Views: 2261

Re: Running shoes/insoles

runner3081 wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:36 pm
dekciwRuasonid wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:20 pm
On a side note, I'm glad I dropped by a store because my form was horrible and was able to get some tips to fix it.
Check out the Chi Running book. Changed my running for the better many years ago.
Same here. Another vote for chi running. Watch the videos on you tube.
by runner26
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting a better mortgage rate without refinancing?
Replies: 9
Views: 752

Re: Getting a better mortgage rate without refinancing?

I tried it once. Que laugh track, ok they only chuckled and told me no, said I could refinance wherever I like and asked if I needed an application, to which they got the same no back. I got a better rate elsewhere.
by runner26
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax customer information leak
Replies: 711
Views: 52051

Re: Equifax customer information leak

I registered the 13th. Got my e-mail last night to set up premier monitor. Tried the process which goes very very slowly. Got to create my password part, hit send, spinning wheel never goes away. Had to leave house, so just x-ed out. Came home to try the process again, and it said I had already set ...
by runner26
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 26001

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

I learned delay delay delay when it comes to electronics after I spent over $1000 for a top of the line Betamax in 1980.
by runner26
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct for $13.50
Replies: 41
Views: 3652

Re: TaxAct for $13.50

I got no offer, even though I used TA the last 2 years, and 7 of the last 9. :annoyed I use the download version. For those of you getting these offers, are you online or download users.
by runner26
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long to keep IRA records?
Replies: 54
Views: 3810

Re: How long to keep IRA records?

I've looked in IRS Pub 552, and searched BH. But I'm still unsure about throwing away records from IRAs dating back 25 years. Several transfers from one custodian to another. NO after-tax contributions, hence no 8606's. Since any distributions are now taxable, what can I lose by not keeping these a...
by runner26
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: interesting things to see/do in Victoria and Vancouver, Canada
Replies: 19
Views: 1663

Re: interesting things to see/do in Victoria and Vancouver, Canada

Take an Orca viewing boat out of Victoria. Get the smaller pontoon boats to feel up close. They park ahead of the moving pod, turn off the motors and the Orcas come to you. My most incredible memory. Jumping near the boat and gliding under. PS, I loved running through the old redwoods in Stanley Par...
by runner26
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct still not importing stock data
Replies: 32
Views: 4663

Re: TaxAct still not importing stock data

Donation Assistant is finally up. If I had to predict, either TA is going to go bankrupt or will be acquired by a larger company within the next couple of years. Seems like fundamental things such as these are the first things to go when they've already planned their exit strategy. Its a shame as I...
by runner26
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct still not importing stock data
Replies: 32
Views: 4663

Re: TaxAct still not importing stock data

Also not available yet is the DONATION ASSISTANT, which I rely on. Also, still cannot yet print the CA return for paper filing. Jacked up price this year, and downgraded service. :x

UPDATE, state of CA paper just came, in the last couple of hours. :)
by runner26
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are you changing your AA based on current events?
Replies: 68
Views: 4090

Re: Are you changing your AA based on current events?

No and Yes. "No" in that the main reason for changing my AA is my stage in life and economic status. I'm retired, living on SS as well as distributions from my tax deferred and taxable investments. It was hard to ignore the post-election surge in the markets, and my portfolio was reasonab...
by runner26
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TIRA to Roth conversion prior to 59 1/2 and withholding question
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: TIRA to Roth conversion prior to 59 1/2 and withholding question

Thanks. Googled a couple of sights also. Pay from outside funds and do not withhold to avoid the penalty!!!!
by runner26
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TIRA to Roth conversion prior to 59 1/2 and withholding question
Replies: 4
Views: 330

TIRA to Roth conversion prior to 59 1/2 and withholding question

If a TIRA to Roth Conversion is completed prior to age 59 1/2, with an estimate of the amount of taxes due "Withheld", is the amount withheld free of the 10% penalty? What if the amount withheld results is some if it being returned due to more being withheld than is due on the return. Does...
by runner26
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 144
Views: 21394

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Preview TaxAct NOW AVAILABLE for download.
by runner26
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoes for flat-footed over-pronators
Replies: 33
Views: 3388

Re: Shoes for flat-footed over-pronators

I had PF and achillis problems, got custom orthotics and switched to brooks addiction. No more problems for 24 years now. Use brooks flats with yellow superfeet for racing.
by runner26
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 144
Views: 21394

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

I checked, and I downloaded on 12/1 last year. H&R was avail end of last month and Turbo on 12/1, taxact is slipping while jacking up the price quite a bit. Management should be concerned.
by runner26
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 144
Views: 21394

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

I just checked again for the TaxAct PLUS Download which the other day showed $45 to me, is now showing $40. Still much more than the $22 I paid last year. Will check back cyber Monday.
by runner26
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA MANDATORY cell phone based multifactor authentication [now RESCINDED]
Replies: 168
Views: 16889

Re: SSA MANDATORY cell phone based multifactor authentication

logged onto my SS account- put my cell # in to get text- no text arrived- tried a 2nd time- no text arrived- have no idea what issue is as my text msg are working fine. Same with me, first time not text. Second time page failed. I have a lot of problems with SSA getting their web pages to display, ...
by runner26
Tue May 31, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii
Replies: 72
Views: 6790

Re: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii

Apparently hicking the Kalalau Trail nude is still a practice
http://www.napalicoastmagazine.com/kala ... ked-truth/

More official info on the trail here
http://kalalautrail.com
by runner26
Tue May 31, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii
Replies: 72
Views: 6790

Re: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii

One more for the hike from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapl'ai stream/beach area. I did this 25 years ago, and it remains etched in my mind as a favorite lifetime event. Funny, when I as starting the hike, I commented that everyone exiting smelled really bad and were filthy, and I assumed that they had been ...
by runner26
Tue May 31, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii
Replies: 72
Views: 6790

Re: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii

One more for the hike from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapl'ai stream/beach area. I did this 25 years ago, and it remains etched in my mind as a favorite lifetime event. Funny, when I as starting the hike, I commented that everyone exiting smelled really bad and were filthy, and I assumed that they had been h...
by runner26
Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: all-in-one? (printer, scanner, copier.)
Replies: 29
Views: 2779

Re: all-in-one? (printer, scanner, copier.)

DSInvestor wrote:Is the printing in color absolutely required? If not, consider the Brother HL-L2380DW. It is a laser printer/copier/scanner so you don't have to pay crazy prices on ink cartridges. It cannot print color but can scan color.


Another person happy with the Brother HL-L2380DW!
by runner26
Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax/Tax Act Difference, CA Sched D
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Turbo Tax/Tax Act Difference, CA Sched D

I have a difference in my Capital Gain Carryover amounts between my Federal and State Schedule D's. My State is lower due to domestic partner laws in prior years. I have no new gains or losses to report. Last year when I used Turbo Tax, it asked me to enter my State Carryover, it then printed a Sche...
by runner26
Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rain, what rain?
Replies: 17
Views: 2134

Re: Rain, what rain?

Central CA coast not doing well at all. It seems that every rain event we have had this year has fallen short of the forecast that was made a few days out. Sometimes way short of the forecast.
by runner26
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1133

Re: Turbo Tax Question

Tax Act for my California return is doing the same. It says I cannot file paper yet, but would allow e-file. Since one of my need forms doesn't even show up in the print file, I am not trusting the ok to e-file. They say that they don't yet have approval from the state for the print formats.
by runner26
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxact breached as well - just saw an article in wsj
Replies: 35
Views: 4729

Re: Taxact breached as well - just saw an article in wsj

For those like me that cannot read WSJ articles due to a lack of subscription:
http://www.scmagazine.com/taxact-breach ... le/464952/
by runner26
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST
Replies: 667
Views: 38283

Re: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

2212.04

Sticking with my lousy 2015 forecast.
by runner26
Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?
Replies: 327
Views: 51678

Re: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?

Well, no need to be a Flagship client anymore! The free TT was the only use I had in the Flagship level. I was a previous Tax Act customer, and now they will get me back, though their prices are up this year.
by runner26
Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 76009

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

It seems MS got more aggressive about the upgrade. Two days ago I got a more aggressive pop-up about upgrading. It had two buttons, upgrade now or upgrade later. I clicked upgrade later, and a download of window 10 started, even though I had previously registered and download to be ready. The downlo...
by runner26
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: With Stock Market heading south
Replies: 95
Views: 14084

Re: With Stock Market heading south

Doing TIRA to Roth conversions to top of 15% bracket.
by runner26
Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: GE Capital Bank
Replies: 19
Views: 2887

Re: GE Capital Bank

GE Capital Bank and Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS Bank) announced on August 13, 2015 the signing of an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank’s retail online deposit platform and deposit accounts to GS Bank, pending regulatory approval
by runner26
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 76009

Re: privacy issues with Win 10 default settings

I have read that some Win 10 default settings allow Microsoft (& 3rd parties it selects) access to a lot of my data. Does anyone have a reliable guide to how to change each of these questionable default settings? Thanks in advance for the help. I skimmed this topic, so I apologize in advance if...
by runner26
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 76009

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Charter Security Suite only lists up to Windows 8 for support. Anyone successful upgrading that is a Charter internet subscriber, and using their security suite?
by runner26
Mon May 25, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 1479

Re: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

I had a similar problem once. It was a capacitor. I had to wait days in 112 heat to get a repair man out. He said that if it is a capacitor, you can give the fan a push with a long screwdriver and the fan will run fine until a repair man can get out. That way you will have cooling while you wait. Be...
by runner26
Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What percentage of your total net worth is your home?
Replies: 62
Views: 6603

Re: What percentage of your total net worth is your home?

Just went from 10 to 20% as I moved from Ca central valley to Ca central coast.
by runner26
Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard and Turbo Tax
Replies: 38
Views: 6787

Re: Vanguard and Turbo Tax

TurboTax is in the middle of trying to raise prices in lots of inventive ways. I'm in Flagship, and downloading Premier from Vanguard cost me $9.99 extra this year. Also, when I initially worked on my home office there was no problem, but the second time I worked on it the program refused to run un...
by runner26
Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns 2014
Replies: 26
Views: 6046

The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns 2014

The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns have been updated for 2014 and can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.callan.com/research/files/989.pdf
by runner26
Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard and Turbo Tax
Replies: 38
Views: 6787

Re: Vanguard and Turbo Tax

What plannerman said above. However, that may not be the end of your problems. I downloaded Deluxe for free and did a preliminary walk through. I have a schedule D and figured out how to use deluxe with a printout ok. But my printer died, and I will be moving soon, so decided to not buy a new one an...
by runner26
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D
Replies: 223
Views: 42411

Re: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D

So I was able to do Form 8949 and Schedule D with my free Flagship Deluxe install using Forms mode. I only have carry forward loses which TT brought forward from 2013 and I was able see these. I always do manual input of data. It grumped at me saying I need to upgrade due to the sale of a home this ...
by runner26
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D
Replies: 223
Views: 42411

Re: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D

On that same page with the red "COMING SOON" message is a red TURBOTAX logo. I clicked right on that logo and it took me to the page to purchase/download it. Well I tried this, and ALL I can see is the online version, not the download version, and I see no where to get the download. If I ...
by runner26
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D
Replies: 223
Views: 42411

Re: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D

On that same page with the red "COMING SOON" message is a red TURBOTAX logo. I clicked right on that logo and it took me to the page to purchase/download it. Well I tried this, and ALL I can see is the online version, not the download version, and I see no where to get the download. If I ...