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How the Creators of TurboTax Fought to Make You Pay to File Income Taxes

by Yvette Carnell Have you ever wondered why e-file is only free for people who fall below a certain income level? It stands to reason that since the IRS is admittedly moving toward e-file as the preferred filing method, and since filling a tax return is mandatory, that e-filing a tax return would be free. In a world where political campaigns aren’t financed by corporations you’d be right, but that’s not the world we live in. ProPublica details how the makers of  TurboTax fought simple and free tax filing. Inuit, makers of TurboTax, along with conservative ideologue Grover Norquist,  fought to ensure that most taxpayers would be forced to pay a fee for tax preparation every year: Intuit has spent about $11.5 million on federal lobbying in the past five years — more than Apple or Amazon. Although the lobbying spans a range of issues, Intuit’s disclosures pointedly note that the company “opposes IRS government tax preparation.” The disclosures show that Intuit as recently as 2011 lobbied on two bills , both of which died, that would have allowed many taxpayers to file pre-filled returns for free. The company also lobbied on bills in 2007 and 2011 that would have barred the Treasury Department, which includes the IRS, from initiating return-free filing. Grover Norquist may have a problem with the government raising taxes, but he has no issue with private companies bilking you for every dime they can get. Remarkably, Intuit offers a slippery slope defense as to why it is opposed to free-filing, saying free-filing could result in a “massive expansion of the U.S. government through a big government program.” However, that defense is laughably transparent. It’s not about ‘big government’. It’s about money. And TurboTax has created a product which requires only a small marketing budget, since the tax man cometh every year, and a guaranteed profit. Too bad it all comes at a cost to the American people.  

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Next Level Living: How Rebooting Can Set Your Life Back In Order

I’m a firm believer that inspiration is happening all around us; we just don’t take time to notice it. Such is the case I had the other day while coaching someone in my office. We were engaged in a discussion about her feeling frustrated for having to rebuild her life in her 40’s due to

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Yea, Right: Rick Ross Claims that his Lyric about R@pe Had Nothing to do with R@pe

Rapper Rick Ross has been under fire this week for releasing a set of lyrics that nearly sounded like a kit for s-xual assault.  In the song, “U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain’t Even Know It),” Ross has a lyric about him drugging a woman and getting her to his house for s*x.  For some reason, Ross seems to think that his lyrics are harmless, which puts him in contradiction with millions of other people who actually think that s-exual assault is a bad thing. “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it,”   Ross said. Online petitions  have been filed against Ross, asking that the song be taken off the air and that he apologize.   But during an interview on Q93.3 in New Orleans, Ross seemed to feel that he could make it all go away pretty easily. “I wanna make sure this is clear, that woman is the most precious gift known to man,” he said.  He also referred to the entire situation as a “misunderstanding.” “The term rape wasn’t used,” the rapper said.  ”You know, I would never use the term rape.” Ross also says that he doesn’t condone r@pe, in spite of the fact that his lyrical content seems to suggest otherwise. “I just wanted to reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that had been reachin’ out to me with the misunderstanding,” he said.  ”We don’t condone rape, and I’m not with that.”  

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Alabama Lawmaker Slams Constituent’s “Backward A**ed, Slave Holding, Snaggle Toothed Ancestors”

Alabama State Rep. Joe Mitchell (D-Mobile) caused quite a stir on Wednesday after it became public that he got into a pretty nasty email exchange with a pro-gun constituent. In January Rep. Mitchell, who is black, sent Jefferson county constituent Eddie Maxwell, who is white, a racially charged email in response to Maxwell’s mass email asking state lawmakers “not violate ...

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Lil Wayne Says Epilepsy, Not Purple Drank, Is the Reason For His Seizures

Lil Wayne’s medical issues, which landed him in ICU for 6 days at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, have been the cause of quite a bit of speculation as of late. “I could’ve died,” Lil Wayne revealed during an interview with Power 106 radio station Thursday. “This time it got real bad ’cause I had three of them in a row and on ...

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GOP Lawmaker Says that “Wetbacks” Used to Work on His Father’s Farm

Alaska Rep. Don Young is in big trouble after not realizing that the term “wetback” is not a flattering one.  Referring to his upbringing, the politician said that ” My father had a ranch; we used to have 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” Young then went on to say that he “meant no disrespect” for his sloppy remarks. ...

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Two Detroit Cops Face Charges Which Include Orchestrating Robberies and S*xual Assault

Two Detroit cops are in trouble with the law, one for allegedly orchestrating robberies and the other for criminal s*xual assault, according to police. Clifton Whatley is believed to have orchestrated several robberies in various Michigan counties, and is facing armed robbery, bank robbery, unlawful imprisonment, conducting a criminal enterprise and felony firearm charges, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s ...

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