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IRS ‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2021 (i.e., 2020 Tax Year) AGAIN Has A Negative Number Error In ‘Schedule D’ — Precludes eFile.

by Anura Guruge

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Click image to access THIS post about last year’s Schedule D negative number error. This year’s is A SHOW STOPPER!

PANIC. This error is a SHOW STOPPER.

If you have to report short-term capital gain LOSSES on your Schedule D you are SCREWED.

Free File Fillable Forms‘ will NOT accept a negative number in column (d), i.e., Proceeds (sales prices). Yes, proceeds can be NEGATIVE. Smile. It can even be quite a BIG negative number. The IRS allows you to enter NEGATIVE numbers in these columns. You enter them in parenthesis.

Click to ENLARGE. Straight from the IRS. Schedule D instructions.

FFFF does NOT let you enter parenthesis. But, it lets you enter a NEGATIVE number with a MINUS in front.

The problem is that the eFile XML checker has an ERROR. I hate XML. Can’t believe that they still use XML. XML is a bloody joke.

Well, you have to print the return & mail it. This will be the SECOND time eFile has not worked with FFFF.

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by Anura Guruge

Just Making Sure That YOU Know That The Much Lauded May 2020 Jobs Report Had A 3% Error In It.

by Anura Guruge

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Google for MORE.

I knew right away on Friday morning that there was something very FISHY about this May 2020 jobs report. Just did not ring true.

Within 3-hours folks had spotted the error.

Did YOU know about this error?

Trump sure did NOT mention it. Numbers are NOT as good as he was making out. They were 3% worse.

You better check it out.

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by Anura Guruge

Willow TV Cricket/Sling — Yes, There Are Video Playback Issues, Particularly Pakistan v. England Days 3 – 5.

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by Anura Guruge

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willowoakengbannerBasically any of the popular (in-demand) matches, especially Pakistan v. England, that are more than 48 hours old, can have playback issues — typically load errors or choppiness.

Sling now knows about it and were able to reproduce the problem for Days 3, 4 & 5 of the Pak. v. Eng. 1st Test. So that is good. They are looking into it.

In the meantime the easiest workaround. Just watch matches being shown in the last 48 hours. So, today is Monday, and as such anything as of Saturday noon should be good. Where you will run into problems is if you want to watch a popular match being shown on say Wednesday or Tuesday. Got that.

I will keep you posted.

Amazon’s Product Return System Is Temporarily Not Working! But, You Can Get Them To Call You To Handle Return, In This Case A PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System.


Anura Guruge

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I don’t even want to talk about it right now, I am so mad. Another $200+ item, highly rated, that proved to be a total failure. I just don’t believe it. It was a wireless Pet Containment System for Maya to keep her in our yard during the Summer – the ‘PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300‘. We installed last week, I even going to the trouble of fabricating a bracket to have it wall mounted, out of the way, in our utility room.

It sure works — no question about that. The problem is the false warnings to the dog — the audible beep that tells the dog that it is getting close to the boundary. Our collar was beeping even in the house! It was driving Maya nuts because she couldn’t figure out what to do. Deanna, who wanted a containment system, tried every possible setting: ‘Hi’, ‘Low’, the distance setting from 4 to 8. Still INTERMITTENT false audible alarms in the house and also outside. For me it was the false alarms inside the house that was the killer. That is not fair on the dog — and I have had invisible fences in the past.

The instruction book does talk about false alarms in the house! Yes, of course, Deanna did all the suggested rectification steps and the damn thing would still beep while Deanna is holding it in her hand! That was it. It was going back.


As I have mentioned before, I do the ordering, Deanna handles all returns (irrespective of vendor) — in the case of Amazon logging into my account to do so.

She tried to process the return yesterday. Right at the end, when they are supposed to print a copy of the ‘return authorization’ the Amazon Web site would croak. She tried a number of times — hampered somewhat by the 6 hour TDS outage we suffered. Still no luck.

She tried again this morning. Her computer has a mind of its own. So, I tried it from my computer. Same result, which was this:



Not a problem. Given my very long, very involved, intimate relationship with Amazon I know how to get them to call me. I had them calling me within the minute.

Yes, they handled the return right then and there on the phone and arranged for an UPS pickup tomorrow. They even sent me all the ‘slips’ by e-mail, though I don’t have to do anything. Was pretty painless. Took less than 5 minutes — though I handled the return with Deanna standing at my elbow telling me what to say.

So just a heads up. If you get this error message when trying to return something to Amazon just get them to call you. Then Bob really is your uncle.

Today’s Laconia Daily Sun Decides That We Are In ‘N.N.’ (Possibly Because The State Voted Obama).

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Today, December 6, 2012, in the 'Laconia Daily Sun'.

Today, December 6, 2012, in the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.

Given that my middle name is ‘Typo‘, I better than most appreciate the joys and pitfalls of typos, but I have to say that the ‘Laconia Daily Sun‘ puts me to shame on a regular basis. I had at one point considered setting up a blog just to keep track of the daily bloopers from the Sun — which is the only newspaper I read in ‘print form’ on a regular basis. But, I realized that I just wouldn’t have the time to do it justice. Often I am convinced that Ed Engler, the Editor, who is noted for his wit, does this on purpose — just to get a rise. You may recall he is the same one that published that I had attended the ‘University of WHALES‘ — shamelessly making fun of my blubber. This amused me. So I wanted to share. The whole Liquor Store story doesn’t make sense either, but that isn’t a case of Ed pulling our collective leg. I read the story on WMUR. A bit of a stretch even for NH.

Huge, Heartfelt THANKS to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Office

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

.by Anura Guruge

This had to do with an arcane law that taxes what is called the ‘workman’s comp offset‘ in one’s Social Security disability. At a time when the fairness of the overall tax system is being debated it is very germane to talk about this since it taxes one on benefits that one did NOT RECEIVE! Yes, you read that right. You pay taxes on SS benefits you did NOT receive. ‘Workman’s Comp Offset’ applies to those disabled that received a Workman’s Comp. settlement in addition to the SS disability they receive. The ‘OFFSET’ is the amount that SS deducts from your SS disability to compensate for what you got from Workman’s Comp. That is perfectly fair and valid.

[Here is a very crude, and probably unrepresentative example just to show you what we are talking about. Lets say your SS disability calculations based on all the formulas they use is meant to be $162/month. You receive a Workman’s Comp settlement, say a lump sum, which per the laws of most states, including NH, is then reported to the SS as an amortized MONTHLY payment spread over the recipient’s life expectancy. For this example lets say that SS was using a Workman’s Comp monthly payment of $32. SS would now reduce the $162 by $32 and only pay $130 a month. Get it?]

Here is the CATCH. SS, in the annual SSA-1099 tax document they issue and send to the IRS, states the ‘Offset’ as part of the taxable benefit. So, per my crude example above, they would report $32 x 12 months, $384, to the IRS as the ‘workman’s comp offset’. That $384 is taxable, though it is actually the monies the SSA never paid the recipient. To be fair, this is also ‘OK’ because you don’t get taxed on ALL of your SS payments. So by the time you have done all of the ‘1/2 of line 2 times 0.85 of line 16 less 1/3 of line 38‘ the numbers become manageable. Quite a few people don’t pay any taxes on their SS anyway.

But, if the SSA makes a $58,958 ERROR in what they report on your SSA-1099 you are in deep trouble! Since it is reported to the IRS there is no wriggle room.  That was what happened to my wife. We were very fortunate that Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office, in particular Cara Osborn, Special Assistant for Constituent Services, of the Dover Office, jumped in, contacted the Social Security Administration (SSA) and helped us get a new, amended SSA-1099 – with just enough time for us to file our tax return without having to seek an extension (something I had never done and was very nervous about having to do). Thank YOU, Cara … and Mrs. Shaheen.

My wife who had been a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) for over 9 years got badly injured in mid-2006 when she and another LNA were trying to transfer an elderly patient from her bed to a chair. During the transfer the patient ‘let go’ — basically stopped trying to support herself. Though both LNAs were using the ‘transfer belts’ that they are supposed to use, my wife ended up supporting a person considerably heavier than her. She herniated multiple disks in one go. She was off work and is still in pain despite major back surgery. She got a Workman’s Comp settlement in 2008 and after a hearing with a judge, in ‘late’ 2010, SSA disability. So, that is the background.

Since her SSA disability only kicked-in in late 2010, SSA didn’t get around to doing all of the Workman’s Comp calculations till 2011. So everything, which is backdated etc., was included in the 2011 SSA-1099. As soon as I saw it I knew that something was wrong. The reported ‘workman’s comp offset’ was close to three times her ENTIRE workman’s comp. settlement. Even with backdating etc. I could not see how any offset could end up being three times what was being offset. My wife called the SSA. This was in mid-January, 2012. After 40 minutes she spoke to a lady. At one point this SSA lady came to the same conclusion as me: ‘how can the offset be so much bigger than the original amount‘. She promised that she will get it looked at and that we will receive a letter in a month.

The month anniversary came. No letter. We waited 3 days and my wife called again. This time an even longer wait. They said ‘Oh, you should get a letter by March 15‘. I was getting worried. We went down to the local SSA Office in Concord and waited in line. They were MOST HELPFUL. We spoke to two agents. They both said: ‘there is something wrong‘. They then also went onto say: ‘we can’t fix it here. It has to be fixed in Baltimore and you are looking at at least 2 months‘. That would have put us beyond April. I asked if there was anything else we could do. They said you could try contacting one of the US representatives or Senators. I decided to contact Mrs. Shaheen given that we have always been very impressed with her. We wrote to the D.C. office. Within 72 hours we had a call. We had to sign and return a ‘release’ form so that they could contact SSA on our behalf. We did that forthwith. Cara, from Dover, handled all of this graciously — always supportive, ever helpful. On March 19 we got an amended SSA-1099, with the offset $58,958 less than that originally reported. I had time to do our taxes.

Thank you Mrs. Shaheen, Cara …, all at Mrs. Shaheen’s multiple offices, and all those at SSA that helped us out. [Yes, my wife has had two lawyers. The ever impeccable Shawn Nichols of Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald, & Nichols, PA, who handled her Workman’s Comp and another who handled the SS hearing. My wife contacted them both. There was nothing they could do. This problem had to be fixed by the SSA.] So, I hope this helps anybody else that finds themselves in a similar bind.

Alton, NH, Superintendent, Kathleen Holt Claims “Mistake of Enormous Proportions”

This is the same Superintendent that a couple of months earlier claimed that as far as she is concerned the planetary status of Pluto was still in doubt and that it is ‘Ok’ for Alton Central School teachers to teach kids that Pluto was still a planet. Check this post.

Well there was no wriggle room with this one:

Click for Laconia Daily Sun article from February 7, 2012

Click to read February 7, 2012 Laconia Daily Sun article.

Click to read Laconia Daily Sun article from February 7, 2012.