It’s Tax Time!

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Photo Credit: Max Martinez

Photo Credit: Max Martinez

The tax season is upon us. Yes, tax preparation time. By now you should have received all kinds of fun forms such as your W-2’s,W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, donation receipts, interest and dividend statements, tax credits/exclusions,etc…

And if you’re anything like me in regards to a pile of cryptic paperwork,  you will then proceed with the following steps:

1) Stare at it –  try to make it disappear at will.

2) Blink very rapidly with the  hopes that the next time you flutter your eyes, the entire pile will have magically organized and completed itself.

3) Wait for a phone call from an imaginary third cousin who you expect will say they’ve  just graduated with an advanced Mathematics degree –  and would  just love to do your taxes – for free – in their spare time.

Unfortunately, all of the above methods have been tested – and failed. However, one big thing I have learned (especially if you tend to be a little scatterbrain like me) – is to make sure to gather all forms together – and into ONE  accessible PILE !

Ok, so you don’t have a ‘family accountant’. Your friends are employed in various fields that don’t include working for the IRS. What is a person to do? There are a  few options, but the main two seem to be: You get your taxes done by a firm like H&R Block, or you prepare them yourselves online by using software like TurboTax.

Now, TurboTax has had some issues this year due to fraud.  This WSJ article more than a little annoyed me.  It shows that even though the fraud is due to multiple points of failure – the blame, prevention & resolution has totally been placed upon the shoulders of the consumer. Doesn’t really seem fair .  I am sharing the article with you because it does have a lot of helpful information in it. http://www.wsj.com/articles/fraud-alert-what-turbotax-users-need-to-know-now-1423847170

Anyway, whichever method you do select in getting your taxes done should be fine –  just make sure they are done by April 15th !!

Good luck everyone!!

http://www.irs.gov/

http://www.hrblock.com/

https://turbotax.intuit.com/

How to replace ugly OS X icons

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How to replace ugly OS X icons.

Thank you for taking the time to write that amazingly helpful post,  https://tp69.wordpress.com !!  (above link)

I would have never figured this trick out, so thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Hooray!!!! Now I can say goodbye to that ugly red iTunes icon! Back to the blue! :)

Awesome !! 

 

  

2014 in review – THANK YOU!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Thank you to all of my readers!

This was a most exciting report to read, (aren’t stats always more fun to read than calculate!? Ha!).

Anyway,  I just want to say THANK YOU.  I appreciate you stopping by this site, whether to read just one post or all of of them…..

The most thrilling statistic in this report, which was so surprising,  (and deeply humbling!)) was the fact that you, (my readers!) hail from 84 different countries and yet, somehow, found and clicked on martinisandbonbons.com to read a post!! WOW!!!  I’ve gone global!!!!  That put the perfect finish to 2014!

From NYC –  I wish you all a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR wherever you may be!

Yours truly,

martinisandbonbons.com

:)

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dear Diary… How To Journal in 2014

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Photo Credit: The Morgan Library & Museum Photograph of Diary of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne

If you are like me, then your typical day-to-day is recorded in your text messages.

You want to remember what you’ve done in your life, but who has time to write in a diary anymore!?  Just as I was about to sit at my laptop and type out all of my texts, I googled how to save text messages (because as far as I know, there just MUST be an App for anything and everything, right?)  and there found iExplorer to save the day.

Easy instructions,  easy download. You can use it in demo mode or buy a license. I purchased a $35 license (which was the cheapest). You can buy it through credit cards, PayPal, or Amazon. I went with Amazon as I had a gift card received at Christmas (thank you my dear sister!)

The download takes mere seconds, and in the blink of an eye, voila! All of my text messages and pictures were downloaded, transferred and saved in PDF format.

Now, I can print out my “diary” and save it for years to come!

Hope you find this helpful !!! Now go make some more memories and don’t be afraid to text away to your heart’s content !! Have a great day everyone !