Re: "unexpected number of claims"
Math(s) is hard for us Americans.
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The free link should be a little more prominent for anyone that needs it: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
I've always had to start at that IRS website to get the free version of H&R Block to work.
And, yep, the free version does all it can to try to make you upgrade to the paid version.
Earning less than the 66k is the easy part.
Work 3 or more jobs? Out of luck, free version only accepts TWO W2s...
Get a bonus? Job consider you an independent contractor? or whatever other reason you get a 1099 MISC form? Can't use Free File.
Want to import the info from your previous year so you don't have to type it? Out of luck; it's not available in the free system, even if you filled with the same company! ("The free system and paid service system don't 'talk' to each other", states the friendly webchat guru; though it oddly knows when you don't enter a value that should match the previous year...)
Want to file a state return using the info you just put in for your federal tax? They'll charge you for that. Even better, live in a state that has no state income tax? They still offer to charge you to file a non existent state income form! (and I'm not just talking about if you hypothetically live in New Hampshire and might have to file in Maine if you worked across state lines for a particular year... No, the system specially offers to file your NH State income tax forms for you, even when all your income was earned in New Hampshire... Wonder how much they charge you to tell you your state doesn't collect income tax...)
Not all free preparers will give you all the tax breaks you deserve. One year, I compared a few different sites, and 2 of them didn't calculate the tax savings for investing in the company 401K. What else do the free versions hide from you?
So many different ways they try to get you to pay instead of filing for free.
And every company has different caveats for the free filing, not just H&R Block. It's like you have to be a detective to find the truly free file that gives you all the tax breaks you're eligible for...
So, yeah, you can save some money by checking out the IRS website first, but you typically have to click thru from IRS to the tax preparer website to activate the "freeness" each and every year...
Like the ending of our national anthem says:
Secret Landing-page for the "free", and the home-page of the paid...
Who the hell is verifications.io? I have never heard of this company until I received an email from haveibeenpwned, but apparently they had 3 email addresses from a personal domain.
So what information did they have on me besides just my email address. How were they "verified"?
Sus as shit!
Edit: even Hunt says. "I’d never heard of the company until now and I certainly can’t ever recall consenting to their use of my data. Of course, it’s entirely possible that buried in some other service’s terms and conditions it says they’re allowed to pass my data around in this fashion, but that’s not really consistent with my expectations of how my data should be used." - from a wired article about this story.
Death? They need to be locked in a cell surrounded by screens and screens of ads selling advertisement 24/7 which include loud screaming audio inquiring if they want to make more money. When they click to mute an ad, two new windows will pop ¡under! Both which play different deafening crappy music in different keys. These ads will circumvent any adblock systems.
'You've even got the rap verse, which begs Blighty to "(baby, come back) think of what you're leaving behind" as the boybander, amazingly, rips his shirt open and gestures towards his six-pack.'
I'd come back for that 6 pack! (That's the safest "come" back line I can post)
But, what's this have to do wit IT?