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November 21, 2012

Mandy asks…

I didn’t file taxes back in 2008..? Please help me out !?

In 2008, I got a job as an in-house graphic designer for a website. I was 16 at the time. I made around 14,000 for that whole year. I got a form from the company ( federal and state and all other deductions weren’t taken out because the company was in California and I live in New York) I don’t remember if the form was a W-2 or something else. I did not file taxes for this form.

My mom has been unemployed for years since my brother got an illness that prevented her from from getting a job, to care for him. So she hasn’t had job income for like 10 years. We lived with the rest of the family in a house and they provided a small apartment in the house ( free) and my mom would buy clothes and food with just her EBT ( I grew up poor which drove me to get this job and help mom out with a few things with the income I got)

Like I said, I got the W-2 mailed to me in 2008 and after that year I stopped working for them because the site had to be shut down due to insufficient revenue from the Ads to pay the designers, so ever since late 2008 I haven’t had any other income.
I’m 19 now and have a part time job as a receptionist and I’m a full-time student. I’m planning on filing my taxes this year for the first time when I get my form, ( I’ve only made like 10,000 this year. )

My question is, if I file taxes this year, will they find out I didn’t file for when I had that other job back in 2008? Will I be in any trouble for it? Remember I was only 16 at the time and my mom had no job so she could file her own taxes.
I need solid answers, I’m a bit nervous :(

Administrator answers:

It was probably a 1099 if it wasn’t a W2
You only file if you expect a refund. If you file and then they realize you didn’t file in 2008, unless you owe them money, they are not going to go after you. I don’t think you would though.
Don’t worry I had a mistake on my 2008 taxes, I paid the a sum and the IRS was really nice.
We figured out they owed me so it all worked out in the end.

Chris asks…

Dachshund Puppies or Dachshund Beagle Mix Puppies?

Ok Folks–please put on your thinking caps. I;m interested in finding this breed of dog for I live in a Senior Facility and small apartment. No matter where I look, I can’t seem to hit it right in any search window. I’m looking for this breed of Dog in the Rochester New York area. Can anyone point me in the right direction.
I do not want to go to a breeder in Virginia and a purebred is not the way to go I don’t think. Even checking the local Newspaper ads is of no help.
Help me out please. You all have come through for me on other issues. So–here’s another one.
Thank You all

Administrator answers:

A Doxie rescue or your local shelter will be able to find you one, no doubt.

I just have to say though…I don’t think this is the breed to go with in your situation.

-First, they bark, and a lot. It is very possible to teach them to control it, but it is not a quick or easy process because they are just a very barky breed. And they don’t have a bark that matches their size – they sound like a 50lb dog when they bark. So, if you have close neighbors, not only will the dog bark at every tiny sound they make, and every sound in the hallway, and every car in the parking lot, but everyone will be bothered by it. Like I said, it’s possible to train them to not bark as often, and teach them a “quiet” command (as I have), but it is not easy to train away and is not possible to eliminate completely.

-Next, despite their size, they really do need a decent amount of exercise, and pups/adolescents/young adults especially are full of energy that they need to run/walk/play off on a daily basis. Those little legs are surprisingly speedy and those little bodies are deceptively strong. They are not one of those breeds that will be happy to sit on your lap all day (although they do LOVE to cuddle) and do need a real outlet for their energy. An older Doxie would probably be fine, but a puppy is not an option for an older person who would simply not be able to keep up with their energy needs. A few games of fetch in your apartment is not going to cut it, and neither is a 15 minute walk. I go out and run and run and play and play for at LEAST an hour a day with my two, and they’re still RARING to go afterwards. An older Doxie with a little less energy might be a better option.

-They are very difficult to house train, considered by many to be one of the most difficult breeds. I have seen many given up because people just couldn’t handle it anymore. Early on, they need taken out at least once an hour, and every 3-4 hours at night. And even with all the precautions and trips outside in the world, there will still be accident after accident for many months. Even when older, every 3-5 hours or so is still a necessity for some Doxies. Again, an older Doxie might be a better bet, because they will at least be able to hold it longer and may even already be house trained.

-The can not be allowed to go up or down stairs or jump on or off furniture (because they have very fragile spines and these activities can cause a lot of damage), so be prepared for a lot of bending down and lifting. Plus, even if you go for a Mini Doxie pup, you may end up with a standard. I know someone who got a Mini Doxie pup from two parents who were both under 10lbs. He ended up growing to be 20lbs. This is fairly common, and you may end up with a heavy dog that you will need to lift dozens of times a day. A ramp can be purchased for furniture or your bed (although we make our ramps ourselves), but stairs can not be allowed.

***Just to add to the point above – if you DO go with a Doxie, please, PLEASE look into how to protect their backs. They need to be picked up and held a certain way, and a few activities, like those mentioned above, can’t be allowed. There are steps you can take for a life-long healthy back (although even with precautions, they can still end up paralyzed), so please do check into that.

Doxies are truly not a good breed for a lot of people. They see these small, funny looking dogs and figure they are perfect for an apartment or for a child or an elderly person or a first-time dog owner, but they are a surprising breed, and they behave nothing like their appearance might suggest. They are perfect for me (I have two), but a lot of people who are not expecting some of the more “interesting” aspects of the breed become quickly overwhelmed. They are also stubborn and independent and require firm, no-nonsense training, yet you can’t just scream at them either (and certainly never lay an angry hand on them), because they won’t respond to that kind of training either. It’s a tough balance between patience and firmness that a lot of people can’t achieve, and an untrained Doxie is a monster dog.

I am not telling you this to put you down or anything else – but I have seen so many people excitedly bring home their first Dachshund puppy only to be pulling their hair out two months later when they realize it wasn’t what they expected. I just don’t want this to happen to you or your future dog. Doxies are a delightful breed though, so if you have your heart set on one, an older (5-8+) Doxie might be for you. They often live well into their teens, so you will still have MANY good years with a middle-aged Doxie.

Good luck finding your perfect friend. Just remember to do your research, and when in doubt, get in touch with people who know the breed you are considering. If you have any questions about Doxies, feel free to e-mail me.

Sharon asks…

Discriminating against choosing a roommate based on age?

I am 21 and I live in New York State (USA). I posted an ad on Craigslist searching for a roommate to rent the extra room in my apartment, and a 45 year old man responded. I told him that I dont feel comfortable living with someone who is so much older than me. Do discrimination laws still hold true if I am looking for someone to live WITH, and I am not the owner of the property? (Since technically, I am subleasing it to whoever moves in, because they will have a lease between me and them, and not between them and the landlord.)

Please dont reply unless you are familiar with the law. I dont want to know about what you have “heard” from others, or what you “think”.

Thank you!

Administrator answers:

It’s your preference. A lot of college students who are renting an apartment prefer to live with those around their age and they clearly state it in their ad.

Joseph asks…

Can some read the story and tell me if the grammar is correct?

Found on Craigslist: table, apartment, fiance

Mary was tired of living with her parents. She was 23 years old and she wanted to be an independent woman. She decided to move to New York City. Mary wanted to have new experiences and a better life.
When she moved to Brooklyn New York, she went to her cousin’s house. She stays in her cousin’s house, until she found a job. She found a job as a manager in a restaurant. When she got her job, she told her cousin, she was going to move and get an apartment.
On a Saturday morning, she wake up and she went to an Internet cafe. When she was using the computer .She went on the Internet and found a Website called Craigslist. Mary saw an ad on Craigslist. She found what she was looking for. Mary found an apartment with furniture at a low price. She called the number on the ad and she asked for the address of the apartment. The apartment was on the Bronx.
Mary went to the train station, she took the train and she went over to see the apartment. When Mary found the apartment she knocked on the door. A hot guy opened the door.
When she saw the guy, she fell in love at first sight with him. The guy was wearing the shirt of her favorite basketball team. She asked him if he like basketball. The guy smile and then show her the apartment.
Mary like the apartment and the furniture a lot and she decided to move in the first day. The guy asked her for her cell phone number. The next day when she was going to work she received a call from the guy. The guy told her that the first time he saw her, he fell in love with her and he asked her out on a date.
Mary went out with him on a date. They have so many things in common, Mary and Mike “the Guy” got into a relationship. After a year of dating Mike and Mary got married. They had children and live happy for the rest of their life.
what can i do to make the story better.

Administrator answers:

Yes it has pretty good grammar, but it is pretty poorly written. Its all telling “he asked for her cell phone number” “she lives in NY” and no show. Not to mention its cliched. Sorrryyy!!!

Helen asks…

Can someone tell me if the grammar is correct?

Found on Craigslist: table, apartment, fiance

Mary was tired of living with her parents. She was 23 years old and she wanted to be an independent woman. She decided to move to New York City. Mary wanted to have new experiences and a better life.
When she moved to Brooklyn New York, she went to her cousin’s house. She stays in her cousin’s house, until she found a job. She found a job as a manager in a restaurant. When she got her job, she told her cousin, she was going to move and get an apartment.
On a Saturday morning, she wake up and she went to an Internet cafe. When she was using the computer .She went on the Internet and found a Website called Craigslist. Mary saw an ad on Craigslist. She found what she was looking for. Mary found an apartment with furniture at a low price. She called the number on the ad and she asked for the address of the apartment. The apartment was on the Bronx.
Mary went to the train station, she took the train and she went over to see the apartment. When Mary found the apartment she knocked on the door. A hot guy opened the door.
When she saw the guy, she fell in love at first sight with him. The guy was wearing the shirt of her favorite basketball team. She asked him if he like basketball. The guy smile and then show her the apartment.
Mary like the apartment and the furniture a lot and she decided to move in the first day. The guy asked her for her cell phone number. The next day when she was going to work she received a call from the guy. The guy told her that the first time he saw her, he fell in love with her and he asked her out on a date.
Mary went out with him on a date. They have so many things in common, Mary and Mike “the Guy” got into a relationship. After a year of dating Mike and Mary got married. They had children and live happy for the rest of their life.

Administrator answers:

Found on Craigslist: apartment, furniture and love…

Mary was tired of living with her parents. She was 23 years old and she wanted her independence. She wanted new experiences and a better life. She decided to move to New York City.

The best thing to do was to move in with her her cousin in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before she was hired as the manager at a restaurant. Her salary was high enough that with a little care and a lot of saving, she was soom able to get her own apartment.
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One Saturday morning she decided to start her search. The “Internet Cafe” down the block would be just the place to start. Mary checked a website called Craigslist. One of the ads sounded like just what she was looking for so she called the number listed. The apartment was located in the Bronx and she made an appointment to see it.

After a short train ride, she found herself at a neatly painted door. When she rang the doorbell, it was opened almost immediately by one of the hottest guys she had even seen! He was wearing a shirt with her favorite basketball team’s logo. After introducing herself, she asked ihim if he played basketball? He smiled and said yes. Her heart soared. It had to be love at first sight!

The apartment was perfect although she walked through it on a cloud. It came fully furnished so she decided to move in the next day. Before the left, the guy asked her for her cell number. Mary, thinking it was for business purposes, gave it to him.

A few days later he called and asked her out on a date making it clear it was a date and not business. Mary could hardly contain her happiness. They talked of many things that night and discovered they had many things in common. Mike confessed that he had fallen in love with her at first sight. Mary told him she had felt the same.

Today Mary and Mike are happily married, living in the perfect apartment and are expecting their first baby in a month. They keep a framed printout of the ad for the apartment that brought them together and toast Craigslist on their anniversaries.

James asks…

Tenant and landlord Dispute help?

I have a 12 month lease in an apartment which ends this August. And I want to leave before the lease ends .( Which is 2 months before the lease ends on end of May) I did contact my landlord by phone like a month before that I will be moving out and he told me that I can leave but he has to find people to fill in the apartment by June 1st.
So he posted the ad on this website.. and he still hasn’t found people. It’s almost June and I will be leaving within this week and he says I still have to pay for June since he hasn’t found people yet.

Now my main question is.. is it really my job to find the new tenants? He’s not even trying to find tenants because he’s picky and just tries to find student tenants not just anyone and wont even post it on craigslist or anything. He doesn’t even want to make a deal with me and my roommates to pay just half the June month. Is this right that I have to pay even though I wont be living here and I did notify him early?? I really want my deposit back too. Overall he’s being an asshole saying that he has his own bills to pay and that he can’t find people so I still have to pay because the lease didn’t end.Oh.. and I’m in New York state.
Oh yeah.. I forgot to say we had a little dispute and he was all telling me that I should help find the new tenants if I want to leave already to fill in for June.

Administrator answers:

He is under no obligation to make a deal with you!! YOU are the one breaking the lease!

The amount of notice and the actual vacate date has nothing to do with anything when you are breaking the lease. Even if you were not breaking a lease, it is still legally required to pay rent through the full notice weather you are there or not.

You are not getting your deposit back. You typically lose your deposit when you break a lease.

He is not doing anything wrong here. Everything he is asking of you is legal. You have no law on your side.

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