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by wxz76
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Turbotax question -- bonus repayment
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Another Turbotax question -- bonus repayment

ScubaHogg wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:43 pm
wxz76 wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:00 am
Yes, it’s doable. I did it last year with TurboTax premier. PM me if you need help.
Great, thanks, will do. Did you use the desktop version or online version?
Desktop
by wxz76
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Turbotax question -- bonus repayment
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Another Turbotax question -- bonus repayment

Yes, it’s doable. I did it last year with TurboTax premier. PM me if you need help.
by wxz76
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally savings acct lowers rate by 10 bps to 2.1%
Replies: 40
Views: 6207

Re: Ally savings acct lowers rate by 10bp to 2.1%

This is the explanation I received from Ally. if you've been paying attention to the economic news lately, you've seen that after a period of increases, interest rates are on the downswing and projected to fall further. These market conditions impact all kinds of things, from mortgages to CDs to sav...
by wxz76
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do you live where you live?
Replies: 134
Views: 9891

Re: Why do you live where you live?

Northern VA

Diversity
Job
Family
by wxz76
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying back sign-on bonus
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: Paying back sign-on bonus

fru-gal wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:50 pm
Usually a signon bonus means you stay for a year. Are you really bailing out in less than a year?
Yes, not a good fit.
by wxz76
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying back sign-on bonus
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: Paying back sign-on bonus

Yes, I received a letter from payroll with the information laid out. I checked how much I had been paid and it was the same amount they were requesting back. Well, looks I do have to pay back the full amount. I was told since the bonus was paid to me last year and once we cross into a new calendar ...
by wxz76
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying back sign-on bonus
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: Paying back sign-on bonus

Yes, I received a letter from payroll with the information laid out. I checked how much I had been paid and it was the same amount they were requesting back. Well, looks I do have to pay back the full amount. I was told since the bonus was paid to me last year and once we cross into a new calendar ...
by wxz76
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying back sign-on bonus
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: Paying back sign-on bonus

I had to pay back a sign-on bonus last year. I did not have to pay back the taxes. Sign-on bonus was 3k, I received 1,950ish. When I had to pay back, I only had to pay back 1,950ish. Thanks. I received my bonus on the same check as my regular pay-check. I assumed payroll did the calculation for you...
by wxz76
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying back sign-on bonus
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Paying back sign-on bonus

Just wondering if anyone ever had to pay back their sign-on bonus and were you responsible for the portion that was collected by IRS as taxes? Thanks.
by wxz76
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $5000 water bill-Help!
Replies: 68
Views: 6957

Re: $5000 water bill-Help!

This happened to my parent's house about 25 years ago. We had a long driveway and the pipe leaked between the house and the meter. Instead of charging them $4,500 the water company used average usage of the previous year as the basis of the new bill. Keep calling the water company. I hope this worko...
by wxz76
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Regret taking a new job
Replies: 19
Views: 3805

Re: Regret taking a new job

While waiting for access to the contract assignment, how were you spending your time at work? I was on billable hours until they decided for the next release the work would be on the part where I don't have access to yet. Lastly, do you have any interest in moving outside of an individual contribut...
by wxz76
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Regret taking a new job
Replies: 19
Views: 3805

Re: Regret taking a new job

Thanks to all the replies. Also, I think you are not a native English speaker, so run automatic correctors over the proposal or ask someone to proofread it. You’re correct English is my second language. It’s why I’ve been avoiding this type of task all my life. Just thinking about it stress me out.
by wxz76
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Regret taking a new job
Replies: 19
Views: 3805

Re: Regret taking a new job

If you otherwise have diverse experience and live in an area with numerous companies then I'd leave the job off the resume completely should you decide to job hunt. A resume is your marketing materials to other prospective employers, not a permanent record of everywhere you've ever worked. I had no...
by wxz76
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Regret taking a new job
Replies: 19
Views: 3805

Regret taking a new job

I took a new job with a megacorp about a month ago as a software engineer. Before this job I was always working at customer site, far away from corporate. While waiting for access to the work on the contact I was hired for my manager asked me to help working on a proposal even though I told her I’m ...
by wxz76
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Biggest Investment Mistake
Replies: 248
Views: 24119

Re: Biggest Investment Mistake

RJC wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:50 am
wxz76 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:44 am
Took money out in 2008 and later purchased Ken Heebner's mutual fund.
This guy? https://www.wsj.com/articles/and-the-no ... 1507515181
Yes and luckily it was only around 8k dollars.
by wxz76
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Biggest Investment Mistake
Replies: 248
Views: 24119

Re: Biggest Investment Mistake

Took money out in 2008 and later purchased Ken Heebner's mutual fund.

Subscribed to Motley Fool's service. Got out after the guy recommended Select Comfort 4 weeks in a row.
by wxz76
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA Contribution
Replies: 10
Views: 751

Re: HSA Contribution

The contribution limit ($3,450 for an individual and $6,900 for family plan) is prorated for the months you are actually in the HSA-eligible plan. I started a new job last November and switched from a PPO to HDHP and I was able to contribute the full amount for 2018. Wonder if my company made a mis...
by wxz76
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When should a MBA student start looking for job?
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: When should a MBA student start looking for job?

HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:23 pm
I am assuming that she is in a two year program?

Are you sure this was an offer for both the summer internship AND the full time role?
Sorry, I had bad information. they just told her if she doesn't mess up an full-time offer usually come after the internship.

Thanks.
by wxz76
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 38% pay cut for dream job?
Replies: 61
Views: 5970

Re: 38% pay cut for dream job?

Do it. You get to see the world and pay for it by Uncle Sam.
by wxz76
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Backing out of a contingent job offer
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

Backing out of a contingent job offer

Is it unethical to backout of a contingent job offer? I signed the offer sheet but this offer is conditional upon customer and prime approval after an interview with them which I have not had one yet. I now have another offer that I feel is a better opportunity with more money and vacation days. The...
by wxz76
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Property management company
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Property management company

Does anyone have a recommendation for a property management company in the Northern Virginia area? Thanks!
by wxz76
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long have you been unemployed?
Replies: 97
Views: 12490

Re: How long have you been unemployed?

Age 41. Once in 2009 for 5 weeks after I was laid off for being on the bench for 10 out 12 months I was with the company.
by wxz76
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older iPhone slowdowns - tips or considering switching?
Replies: 18
Views: 1596

Re: Older iPhone slowdowns - tips or considering switching?

I went ahead with the $29 battery replacement last month for my iPhone 6s even though the Apple Genius showed me test results that indicated that the existing battery was within specs (i.e., within 80% of capacity). I was able to get my iPhone 6s battery replaced for free. Use this site to check if...
by wxz76
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 401k contribution limited by employer
Replies: 17
Views: 1515

Re: 401k contribution limited by employer

My last employer(20k+ employees) limited us to %16.
by wxz76
Tue May 16, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Check engine light comes on, need advice
Replies: 27
Views: 2337

Re: Check engine light comes on, need advice

Check engine light was on for my car 2 weeks ago. It was the knock sensor. Found someone on craigslist to switched it our for me. Labor was $60 and the sensor costs $90, he had a connection at the dealership so he got 25% off on the sensor for me. Local mechanic wanted $470 for parts and labor.
by wxz76
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: use of facebook app on apple I-phone
Replies: 16
Views: 1448

Re: use of facebook app on apple I-phone

Delete the app and reinstall it every couple of weeks.
by wxz76
Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to mimic Vanguard Total Stock Market Index?
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: How to mimic Vanguard Total Stock Market Index?

David Jay wrote:Did you review the WIKI? Link here: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Approxi ... ock_market
No. I got it now, thanks for pointing me to the page.
by wxz76
Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to mimic Vanguard Total Stock Market Index?
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

How to mimic Vanguard Total Stock Market Index?

All, I like to replicate Vanguard Total Stock Market Index using 2 funds below. What percentage should be in each in order to mimic VTSMX? US Large Cap Equity Index Fund (ER: 0.03%) - Seeks to track the performance -of the Russell 1000®: Index US Small/Mid-Cap Equity Index Fund (ER: 0.04%) - Seeks t...
by wxz76
Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Implantable Collamer Lens
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Implantable Collamer Lens

I'm not a good candidate for LASIK because of severe nearsightedness and thin corneas. The alternative is Implantable Collamer Lens and I’m wondering if anyone on this board had ICL and how they like it. Thanks.
by wxz76
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much Umbrella Insurance?
Replies: 44
Views: 7053

Re: How much Umbrella Insurance?

hoops777 wrote:Just curious what premiums people are paying for 1 or 2 million?
$260 for 2M with Farmers.
by wxz76
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Got laid off, when can I file for unemployment?
Replies: 44
Views: 10000

Re: Got laid off, when can I file for unemployment?

Flobes wrote:Are you being "laid off" or fired?
People getting fired usually don't get to stay till end of the month.
by wxz76
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?
Replies: 87
Views: 11273

Re: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?

mattshwink wrote:The DC metro area is great for IT jobs. My longest period of unemployment was 2 weeks. There are usually lots of opportunities to choose from.
A lot of those jobs in DC metro area do require a security clearance though.
by wxz76
Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parking at JFK Airport
Replies: 12
Views: 1958

Re: Parking at JFK Airport

I used airportparkinginc.com and paid $135 for 11 days
by wxz76
Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Biggest lucky break in your personal finances?
Replies: 160
Views: 18838

Re: Biggest lucky break in your personal finances?

1. Immigrated to the US
2. Studied CS in college
by wxz76
Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Shorting stocks during a crash?
Replies: 28
Views: 3378

Re: Shorting stocks during a crash?

Read this article first before you start shorting stocks.

Man begs for money after risky bet implodes
by wxz76
Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Holiday tipping: letter carriers
Replies: 120
Views: 13079

Re: Holiday tipping: letter carriers

DDMP20 wrote:Is there no end of people I'm expected to give my money to during the holidays?
I doubt any mail carrier expects tips.
by wxz76
Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot water heater
Replies: 27
Views: 3265

Re: Hot water heater

Last year I paid $880 for a 50 gallons Rheem gas water heater. I'm also in the nova area.
by wxz76
Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much did your roof cost?
Replies: 47
Views: 529246

Re: How much did your roof cost?

1500 sft Landmark architectural = $4,800 in Northern VA.
by wxz76
Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Revocable Transfer on Death Deed
Replies: 11
Views: 1576

Re: Revocable Transfer on Death Deed

Carefreeap wrote: Are you sure your state allows them?
Yes, I live in VA.
by wxz76
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Revocable Transfer on Death Deed
Replies: 11
Views: 1576

Revocable Transfer on Death Deed

I am a member of Hyatt Legal Plan so the cost of my Will, Advance Medial Directive, and General Power of Attorney is fully covered. I’m wondering if I should also get a Revocable Transfer on Death Deed which is not covered and which will costs $625. Thank you.
by wxz76
Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 13296
Views: 2246200

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

jebmke wrote: No need to wait. TLH when you have losses. In fact, short term losses are better than long term losses.
Why would short term losses better than long term? Thanks.
by wxz76
Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your First Job
Replies: 113
Views: 11198

Re: Your First Job

I was 14, working 1 day per week and making $20 per day at a dry cleaner.
by wxz76
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homeowners insurance rate goes up after a claim?
Replies: 6
Views: 1352

Homeowners insurance rate goes up after a claim?

Hi, should I expect my homeowners insurace rates to go up if I fill a claim on hail damage? Thanks.

wxz76
by wxz76
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Magazine Subscriptions
Replies: 37
Views: 4177

Re: Magazine Subscriptions

I used http://www.discountmags.com/ and paid $15.96 for 4 years of ESPN Magazine.
by wxz76
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fair compensation for change of delivery date without been notified
Replies: 20
Views: 5342

Re: Fair compensation for change of delivery date without been notified

Hi, OP here. I received 20% discount from my purchase.

Thanks all for your comments.
by wxz76
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I was laid off June 30. Can you please help me figure out a few things?
Replies: 18
Views: 6353

Re: I was laid off June 30. Can you please help me figure out a few things?

2) During interviews, when asked what your salary requirements are, try your best to never be the one who talks about what you're looking for first. Respond with something like, "I was compensated fairly in my last position, and I'm looking to increase that. Can you tell me what the salary range is...
by wxz76
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fair compensation for change of delivery date without been notified
Replies: 20
Views: 5342

Fair compensation for change of delivery date without been notified

I recently purchased an electric range from a big box appliance store. I was told on delivery day someone will call me an half hour before. Since I had to work that day I asked my parents to stay in my house and wait for the delivery. The day came and went without the appliance been delivered. I cal...
by wxz76
Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimize trip to China
Replies: 24
Views: 4305

Re: Optimize trip to China

Monet wrote:If taking a laptop and cell phone, what is the best way to communicate from China back to the US? Google Voice from a cell phone?
Not sure about Google voice but Google is blocked in China. If you want to use it you have to have VPN setup.