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Last Minute 2014 Tax Savings Tip

December 28, 2014

tax-deduction-time-to-save-taxes    It is not too late to consider a very easy tax deduction for 2014.  Gather up some your stuff that you no longer use, no longer fits or flatters or maybe just takes up space to make room for your new Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. If you take these to your local charity before December 31 and you itemize your deductions, you may decrease your 2014 taxable income by the fair market value of these items. If at all possible, get a receipt and take a picture of the donated items to document the deduction. If you donate by dropping it off at a collection box, take a picture of you, the donation and the collection box. Then download the pictures to your computer. The file date on your computer will be on or before December 31 so you have documented your deduction. Keep a list of what was in the bags and boxes so you can put a value on the donation. (Watch for a future blog on how to determine the value of your donation.)  And have a Happy New Year!

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

October 14, 2013

trs80-spacersWhen I got my first hard drive, it was a massive 10 Mb.  Why would I need one that large?    I would never be able to fill it up.   And it was a huge price tag also (understanding that my first system, a Radio Shack TRS80 Model II, cost over $4,000 with 64K of memory, 2-500K 8 inch floppy drives and no hard drive.)

Last week, I purchased  a portable drive that is over 100,000 times larger than that first hard drive for less than $40 after rebate.  Boy have things changed in what seems like only a few years.

Then, of course, our “high tech games” consisted of Pong, Space Invaders and Star Trek.  It will be exciting to see what is in store for our tech future.

But no matter how advanced we get, the old computer adage will still apply.  GIGO.  Garbage In, Garbage Out.

And the other adage that junk will expand to fill the space available also applies.

Some things never change regardless of the technology.


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