Archive for March, 2010

How bizarre can the tax code be? Determining Head of Household, Form 1040, for Kidnapped Child

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Kidnapped child. If your child is presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a family member, you may be able to take the child into account in determining your eligibility for head of household or qualifying widow(er) filing status, the dependency exemption, the child tax credit, and the earned income credit (EIC). For details, see Pub. 501 (Pub. 596 for the EIC).

Can you imagine discussing such a matter with an IRS auditor. “We’ve denied your exemption, Mr. Door, as the child, Gish, was not in your custody for that tax period.”

Meet Blue Pane Studio

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Click on photo to initiate 60 second video. Music by Moon Safari, La Femme de L’Argent.

Meet Science in the Triangle Journalists & Writers

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right now.”

Monday, March 8th, 2010

In fond and joyful rememberance of Margaret Edwards, the founder of Lakewood Avenue Children’s School. Wise as a matriarch, accessible as a confidant and generous with her love of life. She saw the children in us all and only helped us all to be better adults.

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My Country ’tis of Thee… 2 hours & 5 minutes, 3-2 in overtime.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I saw the whole thing and did not see what happened. How did that puck get past the USA goalie in overtime?! Good for Canada. Even better for Norway. A country of less than 5 million earned as many gold medal as the US, which is 60x larger in population (and Canada is 10x larger than Norway, btw) including the 50 kilometer cross-country ski race.

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As the professional hockey players turned hometown hero boys for a couple of weeks received their gold and silver medals followed by the singing of the Canadian national anthem, I was reminded of how important that it is to belong to something larger than oneself. I remarked to my cocktail hour partner (we start early on Sundays) that Americans yearn to be proud of their own country. This quest continues without much satisfaction: our new president seems either inexperienced or overwhelmed by the current process of governing; we’re spending a fortune on healthcare and not feeling too healthy in the process; another fortune, seemingly pointlessly, helping other countries to be ‘free’, even though neither they nor many of us seem to care much for the objectives of these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the list goes on for as long as you’d like for it to go on.
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I’m going to start my ‘what does it mean’ list. What does it mean to be a member of my own family? What does it mean to be a citizen of Durham, North Carolina? What does it mean to be a graduate of the US Naval Academy? What does it mean to work in the Information Technology business?