Update on the computer!

Good news! And still shitty news.

The computer has finally cleared customs! After 2 bloody months! But!

They want more money… And in addition!

Taxes have come through. Gotta love the new year!

So while we try to figure out how to pay off the post office for their bullshit, Lili can’t afford to draw for free anymore. 

Don’t worry though! Those with the YCH will still get their pieces! Of course. But the rest. Five crack babies have already been pumped out. But the rest will have to be paid. As getting that computer is top priority! 

The good part about the paid crack babies is that can pick any two ponys to maker a baby out of!

One baby: $25 +10 for every Extra baby!

Just Send a message if your interested and lili will send you the invoice!

(Also optional. The finished drawing can be sent to you for an extra $10-15 Depending on where you live. International shipping in France is expensive.)

~Ash

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Trump pledges to cut taxes and regulation ‘massively’

By MADELINE CONWAY

President Donald Trump told business leaders visiting the White House on Monday that he will cut taxes and regulation “massively,“ while urging them to make their products in the United States.

“We are going to be cutting taxes massively both for the middle class and for companies — and that’s massively,” he told the executives gathered in the Roosevelt Room.

The tax rate for companies, Trump suggested, should go down to 15 or 20 percent. And his administration thinks “we can cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more,” he said, arguing that existing regulations on businesses are cumbersome and unnecessary.

“We’re going to have regulation, and it’ll be just as strong and just as good and just as protective of the people as the regulation we have right now,” he said. “The problem with the regulation we have right now is that you can’t do anything.”

Read more here

Just a reminder:

Tax season is upon us - that means that people will be calling on the phone saying “This is the IRS. You owe money and must pay it right now! Give us your bank account info” or the new thing “buy $ worth of gift cards and send it to this po box right away!”

Seniors are especially vulnerable to this scam because they grew up in an era when anyone from a government agency had authority and you didn’t question it. Also, they may not be as scam-savvy and may also be not quite so quick on the draw due to age. It’s our job to help keep that from happening. 

  1. The IRS will never call and demand money.
  2. The IRS will never ask for your banking information over the phone.
  3. The IRS will NEVER tell you to buy gift cards as payment
  4. The IRS only communicates by letter or in person
  5. The same goes for your state tax office

If you know of or see a person in this situation please intervene. Tell them, tell their bank manager, call a relative, call the police.  

anonymous asked:

Wait you pay more if you file as "single"?? I just turned 19 today and school never taught me about taxes so I'm low key going into adulthood clueless about everything lol

Yes. In the USA, married people and those with children get tax breaks that single people do not get simply because they’re married/have children. Single people are essentially penalized for not getting married and procreating. 

Here are the current tax brackets for the US:

This is why the meme of ace/aros marrying for tax benefits exist. Because being single literally costs us more money. In actuality, single people carry the tax burden for the entire country.

Profit – the unpaid surplus created by labor and appropriated by capital – is essentially a tax on labor with none of the pretense that it’s coming back to you in some way. In the best case scenario for tax, it’s put towards social programs and helpful common utilities. Profit, on the other hand, is essentially a tax on the worker’s labor for not owning means of production, a tax that is always there to line the pockets of the capitalist.

And that’s not even going into rent, the tax on the tenant enforced by the landlord.

To all my teenage and younger followers...

Let me tell you some life lessons I have learned in my 24 years on this Earth. 

1. Read the fine print. In every lease agreement, credit card application, and bill. Never take the information in large print as truth. The world is a place full of capitalist greed and people will try to swindle you for every dime you have. 

2. A credit card very rarely makes things better. While suddenly having a couple thousand dollars to spend might sound amazing, keep in mind the fact that you’re going to have to pay that back and then some. Never get a card with an annual fee if you can avoid it- because even if you don’t use it, it’ll still cost you.

3. Set up automatic payments. You will forget payments, and that can cost you (literally) a great deal. Set up automatic online payments with reminders so that you know it’s coming up, but don’t have to worry about it. 

4. In-Store credit cards are almost always terrible. Sears, Home Depot, Victoria’s Secret- all of them. They are usually packaged with fun deals like “get $50 off this purchase if you’re pre-approved!”. They fail to mention the 25% interest rate, annual fees, and the fact that it can only be used in that store. 

5. Keep your receipts. Seriously! Just keep a folder in your car and one in your house and drop every receipt you get in them.  At the end of the month dump them out and go through them. You’ll be amazed at what your spending looks like when it’s splayed out in front of you.  It makes budgeting much easier when you see real numbers. These can also come in handy around tax time- you would be surprised at the things you can write off in certain situations.

6. Learn about income tax. Visit the IRS website and educate yourself! It sounds boring (and it freakin’ is) but in no way does high school prepare you for or teach you about taxes well enough to hold your own in the real world. 

7. Claim as little as possible on your W4. When you start a new job, they always give you a W4 to fill out for tax information.  On line 5 of the form, it’ll ask how many allowances you want to claim. Now, claiming yourself may seem like a good idea because you get to keep more money on your paycheck- but it can also come back to bite you at the end of the year.  You may even end up paying in! On that same note, make sure your employer files your tax information correctly. I once ended up paying in $8,000 in taxes because my employer never had the IRS take taxes out of my checks! Whoops!

8. Start a savings fund. No matter how small it is! Even if you just put away $2 a week- it will eventually add up.  If you can, start a savings account that will earn you interest. 

9. Save your paystubs! If you plan to buy a car or rent an apartment, they’re going to want to see them.

10. Write down the start and end dates of every job you have. Making a resume and filling out job applications will be much easier with this information.

11. Make a good resume and keep printed copies as well as a digital copy at all times.  There are many excellent resume writing resources online that can help you (heck, I can help you- I used to work in HR!) buff up your resume.  You never know when you might meet someone who can present you with an opportunity! 

12. Never be afraid to ask for a raise or promotion.  If you are performing well and meeting or exceeding expectations- ask your supervisor for a raise or change of position that will pay more.  If you are aiming for a promotion, stroke the company’s ego, say something like “I would like the opportunity to prove my worth to the company and further my career with (         ).”

13. Debt collectors do not give up. They are a lot like the Terminator.  If you block their numbers or ignore their calls, they’ll find your family members or show up at your house. This is no joke. I have had hospital bill collectors call roommates, my parents, and even my dad once.  They are relentless and they do not care about your current situation or financial stability. They follow a script and expect you to pay up.  It’s hard not to panic when you get that first collections call- you definitely don’t feel in control of the situation. But remember, debt collectors are actually bound by many restrictions- they are barred from: 

-Using abusive or obscene language. -Harassing you with repeated calls.-Calling before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. unless you agree. -Calling you at work if you have asked them to stop. -Talking to anyone but you or your attorney about the debt. -Misrepresenting the amount of your debt. -Falsely claiming to be an attorney or a law enforcement official. -Falsely claiming to be a credit bureau representative. -Threatening to sue unless they actually plan to take legal action. -Threatening to garnish wages or seize property unless they actually intend to do it.

Always ask for written information on the debt- tell them to send you a paper statement of the debt so that you can look it over and decide what to do. Offer to make payments that are within your financial means- if they try to bully you into making larger ones, tell them you are well aware that they’ve looked into your finances and should know what you are able to afford.

14. Get renters insurance. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it! 

15. Take inventory of the things you own. If you own electronics, guns, or other expensive items, write down the serial numbers and take pictures of them in your house. That way, if there’s a break in, fire, or flash flood, you have documentation and data to provide to your insurance company. 


I’ll add more as I think of them, but here’s a start. It’ll be tagged under “successfully adulting”.

EDIT: Here’s a link to the google drive document version of this. It will be updated periodically! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q_YnP3euuJcfjpQY7wuE1JmB_5e60ebZFsfW5f0MtGM/edit?usp=sharing
This document also includes a resources section with links to help you get started in many areas of adult life!