On The High Cost of Renting in Los Angeles (and Nationwide)

@deepomega @HelloTheFuture In the story at the link, they also cite $725 to split a two-bedroom in Hollywood, $1100 for two people in a one-bedroom in Silverlake. But I agree anecdotes can be misleading. At the same time, not everyone currently living in Los Angeles County can move to Palms. So the distribution statistics are also useful: more than half of renters pay more than 30% of their income in rent, 20% of renters pay more than 50% of their income in rent. Inflation-adjusted rents have risen by 25%, but inflation-adjusted incomes have fallen by 9% from 2000 to 2012, which suggests there's a problem.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm 0

On Time to Do That 1 Thing

I need to make an appointment for a haircut and for a dental cleaning. 1 Thing parts a and b. Update from last week: the cable people did relent and allow me to downgrade service from 200+ to 25 channels, but keeping HBO as an add-on. Only took half an hour!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm 1

On Doing Your Taxes The Night Before

@Meaghan O'Connell it is really terrible, i'm sorry i am not a total expert and can't solve the problem, but i guess someone later on thinks the transfer will clear?

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0

On Doing Your Taxes The Night Before

@Meaghano @la_di_da it is totally the fault of the pipes. i go around blaming stupid industrial lobbies for all kinds of inefficiencies. carmakers and the metric system is a special pet peeve, too. but your questions! you can make unequal payments with the annualized income method if your income hits in different quarters, but it is more paperwork. (this is basically what i was advising meaghan to do when i said use whatever's already in the debit card account. this is also what she will need to do if she pays money on tumblr income which hits at the end of the year in the final estimated payment in january.) here is the form you have to fill out to make unequal payments: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2210.pdf but at this point i'm in over my head. paging @jfruh!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm 0

On Doing Your Taxes The Night Before

@readyornot wait, no, i looked it up, scratch number 2. they figure the penalty by quarter. but i guess what i really meant was, if you overestimated in your guesstimate, it's probably ok to pay a smaller amount. the truth about the penalty: you won't get a penalty if you owe less than $1000 at the end of the year (even if technically you have underpaid by their definition). definition of not underpaying: you won't have underpaid if you pay 90% of what you owe or 100% of what you paid last year, whichever is smaller.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm 0

On Doing Your Taxes The Night Before

i really hate the wait after transferring funds. there was even a billfold story about how the association of banks voted not to update the ACH system! http://thebillfold.com/2013/10/why-it-takes-so-long-in-the-u-s-to-transfer-money/ (i guess really it was a planet money podcast which mike linked to.) but i have two thoughts about this whole estimated payments thing: 1) if you got a refund on your 2013 return, you can apply that toward your 2014 estimated payments. 2) since this was a cover-your-ass estimate, it probably IS okay to make the slightly smaller payment you can make using your debit card. someone check me on this, but i have been told that the penalty is determined using the total of all four quarterly estimated payments. so you could even catch up in june (by planning to catch up in june), as long as you don't make 100% of your 2014 income in the first quarter of the year.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

what is the story behind the mid-century taxi cab? I didn't estimate on Friday, and we spent $204: $27 on Ethiopian take-out Saturday, $6 on a movie on demand, $5 parking at a performance of a contemporary dance company with someone I danced with growing up, $104 on groceries, $11 on flowers, $17 on a bottle of wine and a six-pack of beer, and $35 for a power-strip, over-the-counter meds, cleaning supplies.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:55 am 0

On The Case of the Missing Package

@Mike Dang Cool. I don't know what they're recommending these days, but I like my Miele a lot.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On The Case of the Missing Package

I am sorry about your lost vacuum cleaner, Mike! How irritating. I got really worried about the potential theft of a Christmas gift delivery last December, and I had it delivered to an Amazon locker a block from my house instead. That system worked really well for me! Are you going to review the vacuum? Or leave that to the wirecutter dudes?

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm 0

On That Thing, That Thing, That 1 Thing

@Heather Funk@facebook I know, I love it. my handle here is also a Fugees call back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIXyKmElvv8

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm 0