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  • // The third myth, the idea resumes actually reflect the skills of an individual.
  • Quote:"In the end I was there about an hour, and she accepted most of my documented proof. Some things she disallowed. For the items I didn't have any receipts for, she approved 40% of what we'd claimed, calling it a "customary business expense."

    She reminded me that I had the right to appeal her decision. And then she gave me the bill: $1,874.10.

    I wrote the check

    // the business, and the records, had burned down. Destroyed in Colorado. It was her husband's business, and they were getting divorced. She gets audited in New York, has no way to get most of the records, and gets hit with an 1,800 dollar bill. That doesn't sound like a victory, it sounds like (insert something awful).

    (tags: IRS taxes)
  • Quote:"But from a practical perspective, shutdowns usually aren't that big a deal. They happened every year when Jimmy Carter was president, averaging 11 days each. During President Reagan's two terms, there were six shutdowns, typically of just one or two days apiece. Deals got cut. Everybody moved on.

    In 1995-96, however, shutdowns morphed into political warfare, to the dismay of Republicans who thought they could use them to drag Clinton to the negotiating table on a balanced budget plan.

    // A gov't shutdown is a great way to get to "core" services.