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Friday, April 30, 2010

I can't buy THAT much vaseline!

 I can't afford what you make me buy now!

We love you in a nasty way!

Costly IRS Mandate Slipped into Health Bill

Posted by Chris Edwards

Most people know about the individual mandate in the new health care bill, but the bill contained another mandate that could be far more costly.

A few wording changes to the tax code’s section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare.

Under current law, businesses are required to issue 1099s in a limited set of situations, such as when paying outside consultants. The health care bill includes a vast expansion in this information reporting requirement in an attempt to raise revenue for an increasingly rapacious Congress.

In a recent summary, tax information firm RIA notes the types of transactions covered by the new 1099 rules:

    The 2010 Health Care Act adds “amounts in consideration for property” (Code Sec. 6041(a) as amended by 2010 Health Care Act §9006(b)(1)) and “gross proceeds” (Code Sec. 6041(a) as amended by 2010 Health Care Act §9006(b)(2)) to the pre-2010 Health Care Act categories of payments for which an information return to IRS will be required if the $600 aggregate payment threshold is met in a tax year for any one payee. Thus, Congress says that for payments made after 2011, the term “payments” includes gross proceeds paid in consideration for property or services.

Basically, businesses will have to issue 1099s whenever they do more than $600 of business with another entity in a year. For the $14 trillion U.S. economy, that’s a hell of a lot of 1099s. When a business buys a $1,000 used car, it will have to gather information on the seller and mail 1099s to the seller and the IRS. When a small shop owner pays her rent, she will have to send a 1099 to the landlord and IRS. Recipients of the vast flood of these forms will have to match them with existing accounting records. There will be huge numbers of errors and mismatches, which will probably generate many costly battles with the IRS.

Tax CPA Chris Hesse of LeMaster Daniels tells me:

    Under the health legislation, the IRS could be receiving billions of more documents. Under current law, businesses send Forms 1099 for payments of rent, interest, dividends, and non-employee services when such payments are to entities other than corporations. Under the new law, businesses will be required to send a 1099 to other businesses for virtually all purchases. And for the first time, 1099s are to be sent to corporations. This is a huge new imposition on American business, costing the private economy much more than any additional tax that the IRS might collect as a result.

There appears to have been little discussion before this damaging mandate was slipped into the health bill and rammed through Congress, but a few business groups did raise concerns. Here’s what the Air Conditioner Contractors of America said:

    The House bill would extend the Form 1099 filing requirement to ALL vendors (including corporate) to which they pay more than $600 annually for services or property. Consider all the payments a small business makes in the course of business, paying for things such as computers, software, office supplies, and fuel to services, including janitorial services, coffee services, and package delivery services.

    In order to file all these 1099s, you’ll need to collect the necessary information from all your service providers. In order to comply with the law, you would have to get a Taxpayer Information Number or TIN from the business. If the vendor does not supply you with a TIN, you are obligated to withhold on your payments.

Private transactions are the core of a market economy, and the source of America’s growth and prosperity. Now the federal government is imposing a vast new web of red tape on perhaps billions of these growth-generating private exchanges.

For what purpose? So the spendthrift Congress can shake a few extra bucks out of private industry? The business sector is the generator of America’s high living standards, but most federal legislators just see it as a kitty to be raided or a cow to be milked dry.

I’m stunned that there wasn’t a broader debate before such a costly mandate was enacted. If it goes into effect, it will waste vast quantities of human effort in filling out forms, reworking computer systems, collecting and organizing data, and fighting the IRS. The struggling American economy can’t afford anymore suffocating tax regulations. This mandate is a giant deadweight loss. It should be repealed.
Chris Edwards • April 26, 2010 @ 11:57 am
Filed under: Tax and Budget Policy
Tags: 1099, accounting, health care bill, irs form 1099s, mandate, tax code, tax information

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Good reads!

Just got two books from Amazon and I think they were worth the price.

The first was "Food Drying Techniques" A lot of gold here. "A Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin" They have a lot of cool titles.

The other one was "Emergency Food Storage And Survival Handbook" by Peggy Layton. It sets out a 72 hour, 3 month, and One year plan for food storage.

After I give them a read I'll pass the good or not to you. The whole bundle was less than 20US.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Houston, we have another problem!

Harris County deputy launches Caucasian Law Enforcement Association



by Courtney Zubowski / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:28 PM
Updated Wednesday, Apr 14 at 6:40 PM

HOUSTON -- A deputy, who says Caucasians are now the minority, has formed a new Anglo organization affiliated with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Daniel McCool says he’s not a racist and he’s not a bigot, but he is the president of the Caucasian Law Enforcement Association.
“I realize I’ve struck a nerve with some,” said McCool outside his home in Pasadena Tuesday night.
The 20-year veteran deputy started the association about two months ago. He said it’s not about race, but about fair and equal opportunity.
There are 30 members right now, and anyone is welcome to join, he said.
McCool said he believes since Sheriff Adrian Garcia took office, it’s Caucasians who are sometimes discriminated against.
“The chief of staff type folks, or the directors, different leaders.  It’s all pretty much filled up with some type of what we used to call minorities,” he said. “Well, now in our own department, as far as the command structure, the Caucasians are actually the minority and it trickles all the way down.”
In the past, three unions have been affiliated with the Sheriff’s Office. One known as the Harris County Deputies Organization, another called the Mexican American Sheriff’s Association and a third called the Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League.
“I don’t where they are going with this,” said Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League President James “Smokie” Phillips.  “We are beginning to heal in this department.”
Phillips said he doesn’t believe there is a need for McCool's new group.
“The Caucasians, the white deputies in the department, were never faced with issues we faced. They weren’t locked up in cell blocks and taken pictures of, they weren’t called names,” Phillips said.
Francisco Garcia, the vice president of the Mexican-American Sheriff’s Association, says he was surprised by the formation of the group, but doesn’t have a problem with the new association.
When asked if racism is still a part of HCSO hiring, he said it used to be, but not anymore.
“Now I think it’s fair,” he said.
A spokesperson for HCSO says the office hires and promotes in accordance with civil service rules.
“The HCSO is an Equal-Opportunity Employer,” wrote Christina Garza. “We do not discriminate on the basis of1. race, 2.religion, 3.sex, 4.age, 5. national origin or 6. disability.

Most of us that are self employed are EOE's! You want to work, learn a trade, make good money,? Get off the tit, show up to work every day, Quit whining about your latest baby's mama.Grow some GONADS, and thank your boss for allowing you to be in his shadow! Anything else is your perception and  means nothing to the man that takes money out of his pocket and from his family and gives  it to you.



Yep! We'll hire a1. mulatto/coonass, 2.catholic/baptist/full gospel, 3.woman/man/person of questionable gender,4. we even have wheel chair ramps for our aged, 5. Come on you illegal mf's the Harris County Sheriff wants you to help us get rid of MS13. 6. See number 4.

I half to admit that my jaw dropped a quarter inch more when I saw this.The Blacks don't like it, the Mexicans don't like it. I'm surprised that La Raza and Quanell 10 aren't jumping on this.

I'll stand down from my soapbox. Not sure if anyone is out there, but I would sure like some dialog on this on!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

'Nuff said!

Friend of mine took this picture at a Texas Tea Party Rally.

Friday, April 16, 2010

'Splain this one, Lucy.???

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It's a length of webbing with 3 fucking buckles on it! How the hell am I going to go postal with that??? They have a Risk Management Team? Perhaps I need a risk management team. They are selling this stuff on the internet! 
 
Needless to say I am on the phone with them now to cancel my order. According to the recording I am fourth in line. Great way to start the morning. 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cool!

I had a visitor from Moscow! Wish they had left a comment or a contact. I would like know how they found me. I hope they found it useful.

The Dehydrater.

I dried 4 pounds of veggies for a lightweight, easy to carry, easy to prepare meal recipe that was rolling in my head. Carrots, green beans, corn, and peas. It all reduced to a tupperware container about 3"x5"x3".

The recipe:

2 TBSP Rice
1 TBSP Veggies
1 tsp beef or chicken bouillion

Vacuum pack weight is 3 ounces. Boil for 15 minutes and you'll be happy. The picture shows a stick of jerky I added. Yep, made jerky in the machine also.

The peach tree.

This tree is on the sight of our old compost pile. About six or seven years ago my wife must have tossed a peach pit in there as we have never bought a peach tree. I didn't know what it was, but let it grow because it was such a pretty plant.

Two years ago it blossomed and produced a peach. Unfortunately the tree rats got to the peach before we did. Last years bloom produced nothing. This year we had a bunch of blooms and now we have over a hundred peaches growing!

We are determined to eat peaches from this tree and I am currently researching tree rat recipes. The war is on!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Just a little post.

Good day today. 2 mile hike with my grand daughter on a primitive trail in a local park.. Included was a face to face with the Easter bunny that was using the trail like a typical Houston driver. He never saw us until he was about 15' feet away. Did a back flip and hauled behind into the woods. We had a great laugh about that.

Came home and fulfilled some obligations.

This evening as it was getting dark, our local pair of owls started hooting. They were on a limb in a tree over our driveway. As it turned black dark, the years first fireflies started dancing in the grass and the coyotes greeted each other, in their way, in the creek bottom below us. Isat in the doorway of the shop and took it all in.

I do believe I can put away the winter blankets. I like were we live.