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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Platinum Master Thread
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:59:51 PM »
Can I change the selected airline min the middle a miltileg trip to get the airline credit on both?

Flying JetBlue tomorrow and Alaskan on Monday, with suitcases.

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Draft article, please don't share yet, but post here about any corrections please.

https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/milespoints/tax-court-weighs-whether-manufactured-spending-taxable-income/
Attached is a comment from Atty Eric Green clarifying his perspective, he thought they would lose due to another reason that the IRS did not even try to argue.

Uploaded with tapatalkhttp://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/6036ee0a75833/AUD-20210224-WA0049.mp3

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Link?
Is or is not a taxable event?
Is not.
It was a typo

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Credit Cards / Re: Is MS taxable?
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:53:09 AM »
Interesting.

Eric Green (tax rebbi) just posted this:
"Big Win in the US Tax Court!  Earlier today the U.S. Tax Court rule in favor of our client that acquisition of credit card reward points, no matter how many the receive, is a taxable event.  In Anikeev v. Commissioner, the IRS tried to tax credit card reward points that the taxpayer received claiming they were “cash equivalents” because the taxpayer purchased gift cards with his credit card, which generated rewards points, and then used the gift cards to purchase money orders, which the taxpayer then deposited in his bank account.  The Tax Court ruled the transaction was not a taxable event: “Reward [points] petitioners received were not notes, but they were commitments by [the credit card issuer] to allow petitioners credits against their card balances. Respondent’s analysis leaps to the cash equivalence position without an analysis of the origin of the[r]eward [points].”  This was a case of first impression and an important development in the cash equivalent doctrine."

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How long are applications with cross river taking now from start to funding?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Brooklyn Restaurants
« on: February 19, 2021, 12:39:57 AM »
We're taking my mother out for her birthday, looking for someplace relatively nice but less expensive than Glatt a la Carte. Any suggestions? None of us live in Brooklyn so we're pretty clueless.
Sophie's?
The food is great and cheap but the ambiance is more low end/heimish.

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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Unemployment Help
« on: February 18, 2021, 04:36:15 PM »
Sometimes within a few days and sometimes it takes a few weeks. (and sometimes it was never processed)
Update, it came today, so under a week for this case.

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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Unemployment Help
« on: February 18, 2021, 12:26:57 PM »
any tricks to get through?
TBH I got lucky and just called in following the instructions and had a person in a few minutes.

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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Unemployment Help
« on: February 18, 2021, 08:54:19 AM »
Last week, I helped someone call in and request backpay in NY, they asked the questions for 10 weeks at a time and said it's good to go.

How long after requesting backpay over the phone in NY do they take to fund, typically?

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Just Shmooze / Re: Jewish Music (New CDs, hock, and opinions)
« on: February 15, 2021, 09:30:44 AM »
It seems they just password protected the recording of the stream.

ETA: Seems the DDMS post needs to be marked as "DEAD".

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Just Shmooze / Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
« on: February 09, 2021, 12:30:41 PM »


Check out the Shul & washing station!
I wonder what antonio will do with the fully doubled up kitchen?

4/6 ovens, 14 burners and 3 sinks!
(Bonus points for the menorahs)

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Alaska Companion Fare Code
« on: February 07, 2021, 10:13:33 PM »
Can these be stacked with the Current BOGO sale (Code LETSGO)?

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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Unemployment Help
« on: February 03, 2021, 10:21:12 PM »
For someone now verifying backpay from October 2020 to now, and had a few weeks of Pert-time work for some on those weeks, can they calculate those weeks according to the new rules or do they skip certifying those weeks as under the old rules they were not eligible for that week?

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General Discussion / Re: What's Your Desktop/Office Setup?
« on: February 01, 2021, 07:32:19 PM »
This is the mouse I use at WORK, and no I'm not a gamer!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0086UK7IQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_BQJ52KS0TYWKZEG52V5A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Wow so many possibilities!

What do you use some of them for?

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