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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: 16
Views: 671

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: 3754

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: 3754

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: 3470

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: 263

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: 263

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: 141
Views: 17396

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: 2584

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: 141
Views: 17396

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: 141
Views: 17396

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: 15114

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: 5573

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: 5573

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: 5573

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: 2341

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: 285

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: 1873

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: 1058

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: 4445

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: 31310

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: 47347

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: 70443

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: 13395

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: 2653

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: 70443

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: 70443

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: 1372

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: 5961

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: 6502

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: 5714

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: 6502

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: 39272

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: 39272

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: 39272

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
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Turbo Tax prices anounced
Replies: 92
Views: 19775

Re: Vanguard Turbo Tax prices anounced

Leesbro63 wrote:It's not clear to me from the two currently active TURBOTAX posts: Can I now download Turbotax for 2014 using my Vanguard discount? Or is it still "Coming soon"?

I just checked. Not yet. Based on past years, I expect it by this Friday. Maybe a day or two earlier.
by runner26
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Intuit TurboTax 2014 Basic/Deluxe $0, Premier $9.99
Replies: 49
Views: 6818

Re: Intuit TurboTax 2014 Basic/Deluxe $0, Premier $9.99

So I just got the OP's link to bring up the 0/9.99 offer following these steps. I cleared cookies, went to the link which brought up the higher prices, then logged into my turbotax account, and the prices immediately changed to the 0/9.99 prices. However, this offer did not include state. I think th...
by runner26
Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting another key made for my car
Replies: 52
Views: 22608

Re: Getting another key made for my car

Read this thread yesterday after spouse lost a smart-key for the Prius. Toyota dealer wanted $335 for new key and programming. Didn't see anything here about auto insurance policy. Checked the internet and found most insurance will cover lost smart keys if they involving starting the car. Gave AAA ...
by runner26
Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting another key made for my car
Replies: 52
Views: 22608

Re: Getting another key made for my car

Read this thread yesterday after spouse lost a smart-key for the Prius. Toyota dealer wanted $335 for new key and programming. Didn't see anything here about auto insurance policy. Checked the internet and found most insurance will cover lost smart keys if they involving starting the car. Gave AAA ...
by runner26
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting another key made for my car
Replies: 52
Views: 22608

Re: Getting another key made for my car

Read this thread yesterday after spouse lost a smart-key for the Prius. Toyota dealer wanted $335 for new key and programming. Didn't see anything here about auto insurance policy. Checked the internet and found most insurance will cover lost smart keys if they involving starting the car. Gave AAA ...
by runner26
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting another key made for my car
Replies: 52
Views: 22608

Re: Getting another key made for my car

Read this thread yesterday after spouse lost a smart-key for the Prius. Toyota dealer wanted $335 for new key and programming. Didn't see anything here about auto insurance policy. Checked the internet and found most insurance will cover lost smart keys if they involving starting the car. Gave AAA a...
by runner26
Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP
Replies: 64
Views: 5555

Re: Windows XP

Dumped XP, and am happy with Windows 8.1 Update 1.
by runner26
Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What tax software do you use and why
Replies: 54
Views: 4572

Re: What tax software do you use and why

For years I used Tax Act because it was cheap and did the job. When I reached Vanguard Flagship level, I switched to TurboTax because it was free. Both work. I found Tax Act staff more responsive to questions and a bit easier to use. If I still had to pay, I would purchase Tax Act.
by runner26
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor tankless water heater recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 2983

Re: Indoor tankless water heater recommendations

I recently purchased a new home build in SLO county in CA, and choose a tank gas water heater as my option. The builder later called and said new state energy standards required a tankless water heater for new builds. They said they were upgrading me to gas tankless at no extra charge. Hope I like i...
by runner26
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buffett Says ‘No-Brainer’ to Get a Mortgage to Short Rates
Replies: 77
Views: 11517

Re: Buffett Says ‘No-Brainer’ to Get a Mortgage to Short Rat

I am renting now between homes, as I have done before and much prefer to own. The last home I had built, I lived in15 years. After adding up what I paid, and what I put in for maintenance, and adjusting for inflation, and subtracting closing costs, I still netted more than those costs. So basically,...
by runner26
Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buffett Says ‘No-Brainer’ to Get a Mortgage to Short Rates
Replies: 77
Views: 11517

Buffett Says ‘No-Brainer’ to Get a Mortgage to Short Rates

With rates so low, I am debating getting a larger and longer loan than I might otherwise make. I had paid off the mortgage on my two prior homes, but am moving to an area that is twice as expensive, so a loan is a must for the new home I am having built for Feb or March move-in. I am retired and 64....
by runner26
Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long before disputing a charge on my Visa?
Replies: 20
Views: 2298

Re: How long before disputing a charge on my Visa?

Call your credit card company and ask how long you have to dispute a charge. A friend of mine had this problem and the seller strung him along until the timeframe expired to dispute the charge. I believe it was 90 days but this was a long time ago. I had this very problem and got screwed. I don't r...
by runner26
Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 660417

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe Paperback – May 18, 2010 by Robert Lanza
by runner26
Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: California residents - do you have earthquake insurance?
Replies: 54
Views: 4920

Re: California residents - do you have earthquake insurance?

No. Not all parts of California are at risk. However, I am currently moving to a higher risk area, and will re-evaluate after the move. Well, actually ... I'd venture most of California is at risk. The last few big earthquakes, including the Napa one, occurred along fault lines that were largely un...

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