Black Friday

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Registered: 11-26-2013
Black Friday
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Fri, 11-29-2013 - 12:24pm

1. Did you do any shopping yesterday or today?

2. Do you have any leftovers? What is your favorite?

3. Do you have a budget for holiday gifts?

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Registered: 11-26-2013
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:44am

Why do you think the references were friends? 

I usually try and get references for things like this from people I know, friends, family, someone I know on a well basis. Now if I was reading a review online for a pair of shoes, then I would take strangers advice as I wasn't spending thousands of dollars and doing something to my home. Who else would you get a reference from?

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Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:47am

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">turkeyday</em> wrote:</div>&lt;div style="border-bottom-color:#cccccc; border-bottom-width:1px; border-bottom-style:solid; font-size:13px; text-align:left"&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;As I've said repeatedly in the 3452 other times you've badgered me about this, I had references. Notice the "s" on the end of that word, making it plural.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Yeah, I have heard you say that before. I surely wouldn't trust those friends again. &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Why do you think the references were friends?  </p>

I actually tend to avoid references from friends, simply because if something DOES go wrong, the friendship can get awkward.   I am also kind of reluctant to recommend to friends.  We had one guy who did great work for us for about ten years, and then the last jobhe did for us, the work quality was still good, but he would disappear for days and we began to wonder if he were ever going to finish.  He was going through a divorce, and depressed, and I wouldn't be surprised if he were not drinking a little.   Last I heard, he left to go to Alaska for his brother-in-law's funeral, and hasn't returned, leaving about half a dozen people in the lurch.  So even though someone is honest and does good work for a decade doesn't really guarantee what he's going to do in the future.   I like BBB and Angie's List feedbackas well as "gossip" from developers and realtors in town better than simply going through friends (tho' of course if I hear warnings or praise in passing, I file it away for future reference).

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:49am

turkeyday wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Technically? No. Money given from the company/employer is either a bonus or wages.  Money given from people is gifts.  (in the context of this discussion)</span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Ok, so what do you call money given that is given at another time of  the year and is NOT technically a bonus? Is it not a gift because it comes from the company and not from a "person"?</span></strong></p>

How much money and how is it given?

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:49am

turkeyday wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">So no answer as to why you fell you have to lie in these debates?   <strong>It is standard practice to pay contractors in pieces over the course of a projec</strong>t, anyone who has ever had work done on their home or wherever would know <strong>that you pay so much at different times during the course of the work</strong>.  Really, there is no need to continue to lie about this subject.</span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">and again, I am WELL aware of that as I have had a lot of work done on my home.</span></strong></p>

So then why do you continue to make up things about this subject?

PumpkinAngel

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Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:51am

Gift card, smaller amount than a 'holiday" "end of year" whatever you want to call it bonus. 

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Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:52am

So then why do you continue to make up things about this subject?

How did I make anything up? I have said over and over that I am WELL aware of how it works when you get work done on your home. You NEVER give all the money up front and IME if you have given thousands of dollars, the job must have been VERY expensive. Seems like a lot for the work that was described so that is why I am inclined to believe that more than one deposit had been given.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:54am

turkeyday wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">If it's money from the company, it's either wages, a bonus, or a reimbursement.  </span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">So I guess you consider this "gift" at another time of the year besides Christmas time (or end of the year) a bonus? What if it is not a check but simply a gift card? No taxes taken out. </span></strong></p>

That would be classified as a fringe benefit and there are exclusions where some are not taxable.  

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 10:58am

turkeyday wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">If it's money from the company, it's either wages, a bonus, or a reimbursement.  </span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">So I guess you consider this "gift" at another time of the year besides Christmas time (or end of the year) a bonus? What if it is not a check but simply a gift card? No taxes taken out. </span></strong></p>

Well, since gift cards are taxable, i'd put them in the bonus category.   And if the company doesn't take taxes out of them, the employee better darn well report them on their taxes.

A turkey or ham, since it is property and not a cash equivalent, would be a gift.

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Registered: 11-26-2013
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 11:01am

The employee better darn well report them on their taxes.

I am SURE they know what they are doing Laughing

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 11:01am

turkeyday wrote:
<p>Gift card, smaller amount than a 'holiday" "end of year" whatever you want to call it bonus. </p>

Gift cards are taxable, usualyl considered a fringe benefit.  Now actual tangible items, the IRS consider them to be De Minimis benefits and are not taxable, as long as they have a low fair market value. Other Items are also not taxable throughout the year, I occasionaly receive various tickets for events in the area from my employer, non taxable for example.  

PumpkinAngel

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