Professional athletes earn a salary. They have to pay state and local tax. How are tax returns for professional rodeo athletes treated, since they are paying for entry fees and the earnings are winnings?
Jordon has hit the major points.As a college soccer referee, I am an independent contractor, but can easily referee games in multiple states (NY and New England). A college only has to issue me a 1099-MISC if they pay me more than $600 in a given year. However, I am obligated to track all earnings and report them in my federal and home state tax returns.I fill out a Schedule C as part of my income tax.I report all earnings (including cash payments) and separately as part of the form, I report all expenses:travel related, dues (like entry fees in your example of a rodeo person), supplies, physical training requirements, etc. etc. etc. Now it gets tricky if I do get a bunch of 1099-MISC forms from colleges in states that are not my home state. If the college deducted state income tax from my payment, then I report that as tax-paid in my state, and it reduces the tax I pay to my state. If they don't, then I am probably under the minimum for tax payments to that state, and I will report all the income to my home state. If the earnings are very large in another state, I may have to file a separate state tax form as a non-resident for that state. Each tax form will use the Federal Schedule C as a starting point (I use TurboTax-Business) and it is easy. Of course, the cost of the TurboTax-Business can be a deduction on my next year's Schedule C. It is always advisable for someone like a professional rodeo person to have a tax accountant assist her/him each year. A college D-1 basketball referee will have the same issue. They can easily be paid over $2,000 per game and that would trigger 1099-MISC status at every college at which they officiate. Federal Schedule C and then a tax form for each state, and use a tax accountant for assistance (which is tax deductible).....
What's something that sucks about being a software engineer?
Business Unit: We need you to build this thing by the end of Q1, next month.Engineer: I see… what is it that we’re building?BU: It needs to read documents into the systemE: What documents? Like hard copy documents?BU: We don’t know, but it needs to be done by next month.E: I’m going to need more information. Who is asking for this? Is there someone I can sit down with to figure out the details? What problem am I trying to solve?BU: I’ve already solved the problem, I just need you to build it. You’re the programmer, just get it done. E: We’ll see what we can do, but I really do need more details. BU: I just told you. Read the documents into the system, simple. Get it done.E: (Buys a scanner and sets it to read documents to PDF and send to some random person)BU: WTF is this?E: It reads documents and emails it so that it’s available in our email systemBU: That’s not what I asked for!E: …(finally agrees to a sit down for a few days in a requirements gathering sessions)(turns out they were really asking for us to build a search engine with Google-like functionality)E: We can’t just build google in a month… but we can probably enable PDF search to help this.BU: Just get it done(it’s now 1 week from due date)(PDF search was enabled and documents are now scannable and searchable)BU: Why doesn’t this work on my cellphone?E: What?BU: I need to be able to scan documents on my cellphoneE: In 12 hours of requirements gatherings, you didn’t ask for thatBU: I shouldn’t have to, that’s why I pay you. You should know these things.E: Ok but we’re going to have to build an entire phone app now. iPhone? Android? BU: Ok. We still need it by next week.E: We’re probably not going to be able to pull that off in a week…BU: Then we’ll find someone who canE: Ugh… lemme see what I can do(just happens to know Xamarin and spends the weekend building a super simple scanning app for both iPhone and Android)BU: Wait… do I have to take a picture of every page to scan it in with my phone?E: Erm… what did you think you would have to do?BU: I don’t know, but this is unacceptable and this was due today!E: *puzzled*BU: I need to hire better programmers.E: You need to hire a product manager.BU: I am an executive officer, I AM the product manager.E: /quit
How do I fill my schedule without burning myself out?
Have certain weekly events scheduled on certain days. Wednesdays, I have a meeting with my support group at church. Every other Monday, I go out to dinner with my dad. Thursdays I go visit my dad. Have certain days free in case something comes up, but scheduling events on specific days that repeat- or even having certain days be activity days- is definitely an excellent method.
What should Amazon sellers know before filing their taxes?
The cost of your product for you. How much did you pay for it. Include shipping. So keep track of your purchases.The IRS will want to know beginning and ending inventory value. I guesstimate because it really doesn’t affect a pass through seller.Amazon will send a 1099-R specifying how much they’ve paid you to send your product to a buyer. This will include the $3.99 (for small items) shipping charge, so remember to have kept track of what your real shipping charge is. Don’t forget to keep track of mailing materials you’ve bought throughout the year and how much postage you paid for each item.Fill out Schedule C (or C-EZ) with as much of the info as you can. You might have advertised, for example. What did that cost? Did you use your home for your business? Calculate the home office amount (you need square footage and other info to determine the percentage of your home used). Did you buy any electronic equipment? You can amortize the cost of things like computers.Put the money made in the correct space. Add up all the costs in their correct spaces. Subtract costs from income.I can’t think of anything else right now. Amazon is very good at getting 1099s out. It’s up to you to keep track of all the other stuff.I recommend using a tax calculation product like TurboTax. It asks all the right questions and does the arithmetic for you.Whether you use software or have a tax guy, you’ll still need to keep good records of all the stuff you’d need to put on Schedule C. So, keep track. Possibly use a ledger. Keep your receipts.
What is the perfect workout schedule and amount of calories to gain muscle, tone, and fill out?
I don’t think there is a “perfect” workout, or workout schedule, or calories to gain the results you want, the results will vary over different individuals. Don’t focus on searching for the perfect one, focus on finding what works for you, listen to advice from other people, try and get your own evaluation on what you have tried.Also, keep in mind that muscle gaining is a process, not an event, sometimes you are gaining muscle but you just don’t “see” the results, don’t get upset, if you feel good, if you feel you are doing the right thing, give it an other week or so and check, some times the results are just about to notice, but be patient.Having said that, I would give you some ideas based on what work for me. You have to eat a lot of protein, not a lot of calories (the rule of 1.5gr-2gr. per pound of weight is an OK rule in general), if you eat a lot of calories, you might gain some muscle, but they will be hidden under an important layer of fat and you will feel “bigger”, just not muscular, this is one of the biggest changes in approach in the past 2 decades vs. before.Try to eat a lot of protein sustained during the day, 30–40 grams per meal, and with some snacks also if you don’t reach the daily goal. Compliment those proteins with fiber, vegetables have micronutrients that are important to your body (maybe undiscovered yet, but think of your body as a finely balanced machine, if you lack something, other parts do not reach max efficiency nor gains). So, just eating meat, fish and poultry will not do it alone. Try to eat carbs on all meals (or skip carbs at night) but reduced portions, be more afraid of carbs than of fats. Do not eat in excess, never, eat what you want in reasonable portions or very small portions if it is something you shuldn’t be eating in the first place and avoid at all cost the primary sources of empty calories like Candy, Sodas, etc.Workout between 4 to 6 days a week, at least 3 days try to train big muscle groups (back, legs, pecs), it is not true that only through lots of weight you gain muscle, you can also train with less weight and adding reps until you can do no more reps (but not like 30 reps, except for body weight training like push ups) 8–18 reps will do if you have limited access to weights, or if you are coming out of an injury, or if you want to prevent injuries. This last thing is very important, injuries are one of the primary sources to keep motivated people away from training!I hope that helps.
What are important things and advice to know that people generally aren't told about, e.g., had someone told you ‘x’ or ‘y,’ it would have saved you time, money, heartache, blood, sweat, tears, and so forth?
Here are 23 things I learned on the way to 23.I just turned 23 yesterday.I still don't know much, but here's what I do know (in no particular order):#1. Being nice won't get you the girl.But being a jerk won’t either.I texted her everyday my Junior Year of High School."How was your day? :)"It never worked out between us.She wants a man on his purpose. She doesn't want a man who's always there waiting for her.#2. You don't know what you don't know.So have a "Beginner's Mind." Keep your eyes and ears open and always be learning.#3. You know more than you know.I've spent upwards of $8,000 of marketing courses and education this year. And I'm still broke.Why? I haven't done anything because I feel like I'm not "ready" yet.You don't need more information. You need to trust yourself and use what you already know (it's enough).#4. The Law of Attraction works.Last year my dream was to travel the world, work online and meet interesting people.This is now my reality.Create a big vision because it just might work out.#5. Following your passion is dangerous advice.Just because you like yoga doesn't mean you should quit your corporate job to become a yoga instructor.The market rewards those who are the best at what they do. Passion is a good start, but having it doesn't mean you'll be the best (or even good).#6. Focus on skills.Figure out what you're good at, what you like doing, and what people need. Then, build that skill and create proof of your expertise through your results.#7. We live in a New Economy.In this New Economy, a brand name on your resume won't save you from going hungry.Valuable skills will.The Internet has leveled the playing field for anyone to take their skills to the market on their own terms.#8. 99% of the world lives in fear.Fear of what she'll think. Or what they'll say. Or what might happen.Fuck your fear. Fuck my fear.If we let it rule our lives today, it'll rule our lives forever.#9. Death.I'm going to die. You're going to die. We're all going to die. Why then, do I live life as if I'm immortal?It's because we ignore (or hide from) our mortality. Instead, embracing our mortality may be the key to a more fulfilling existence.#10. Follow your curiosities.Jared gave me this simple piece of advice in June 2016. He doesn't know this, but these three words changed my life and set me on the course I'm on now.Passions are paralyzing. Curiosities are easy.#11. Nobody cares about you.We all want love, acceptance and understanding.And we're also selfish.Which means we're all too busy trying to get these things for ourselves to notice your insecurities.Let go. Nobody is watching you, waiting for you to mess up or look dumb.#12. Fiction before bed.A good story shuts my problem-solving brain off. This makes it real easy to fall asleep. My favorite piece of fiction is "Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield.#13. What you eat is most important.But don't base your dietary habits on the recommendations of government agencies. They have their own agendas.You must research and experiment on your own to find what works for you.#14. Psychedelic mushrooms will change your life philosophy.They strip away all the B.S. and force you to look at the real, raw you.Often times, you'll realize an error in your thinking. And simple shift in perspective is all it takes to lead a new life.You don’t need psychedelics for this to happen, but they help.#15. Community is as important as solitude.I used to fantasize about and romanticize solo travel... until I did it.Life can get lonely.A solid community will keep you sane, push you further and make life a lot more enjoyable.#16. There's nothing wrong with studying Pick Up.Men are expected to know how to build attraction with random women. But most don't know how (still learning myself).It's our duty as men to learn how.And not so we can have all the sex in the world. But because we deserve the best, and because she deserves the best of us.#17. Travel won't solve all your problems.Many people travel to escape something (guilty as charged). But you won't escape it just because you're in a new city.Deal with and own your problems.#18. It's hard keeping strong friendships.Since I left the states I've done a bad job keeping in touch with my closest friends.If you're reading this now, I'm sorry. I'm trying to be better.I didn't realize how much effort is needed to keep relationships alive. Now I know.#19. Be selective with what you start.Anyone can start something. Very few finish.This is my biggest weakness. I'm a flake. I think the solution is to be picky with what you choose to start.#20. You don't need to have a cocaine problem to be an addict.Porn. Social media. Attention. Drama. Netflix. Alcohol. Sugar.The first step is becoming aware of how the endless dopamine hits have manipulated your brain (this is the easy part).The second step is to start regaining control (this is the hard part).#21. Journaling is fucking awesome.Feeling overwhelmed? Pick up a pen and let your hand do it's magic.Don't judge what you write. Don't think much either.Just write.You'll feel amazing afterwards.#22. Exercise & Depression.After a few weeks of no exercise, I begin a downward spiral into a manic, depressive existential crisis.But when I do exercise, I feel happy, present and alive.Move your body!#23. Have faith.I was sitting outside next to Nick in a seedy, dark hookah bar. Loud Spanish rap music videos were blaring in the background. The street to my left was filled with people of all shapes, colors and intentions.It was a warm night in the heart of Medellin.Nick looked at me and could tell something was off:"Austin, it's gonna work out."I looked at him."I can tell you're worried about the future. You have all these dreams, I get it man."I laughed and tried shrugging it off. He wouldn't let up."Listen man. A year ago I was sitting at home in Toronto and knew nothing about online business. Now I'm here with you, business is better than ever and I'm starting up a second shop. Just have faith man, it'll work out."It's easy to get caught in an unproductive mental hamster wheel.Planning, plotting, worrying... planning, plotting, worrying.This will cause more harm than good.Just have faith, my friend.It'll all work out for you.
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How can I schedule an Uber in advance?
Ughh… Sharing my experience with Uber’s schedule a ride functionality so hopefully others don't get burned too.So, was in Madison where it's being tested, had early morning flight at end of confer nice, so scheduled for Uber 4 days in advance for 5am pickup. Everything looked all set, told me inwas confirmed for pickup 5–5:15am. Piece of cake. Great!Notsomuch: All that happened was at 5am my uber app sent out request for cars. Not surprisingly, none available that early, so it just kept requesting, 5 min pass still no cars available, going to miss my flight so I scramble and luckily overbooked cab company took pity and sent a driver already with another passenger to pick me up.so, “scheduling ahead” is only scheduling the app will put out a request, not sure I see how helpful that is, no guarantee of a car, nothing actually scheduled, a set up for a missed flight/appt or really high peak fare if surge prices are in effect as you won't know. Thumbs down from me. Hope this helps others from making same assumptions and mistake I did.