Let’s face it, Facebook is the social network that all the cool people are on. Part of the appeal is the ability to develop new application via its API. The other part is the ability to ogle people who’d normally shun you faster than bacon at a bar mitzvah. Back to the point, apps; these are little web widgets that integrate into your profile that let you interact with your contacts in a new fashion. You can compare similarities, send random images, share recipes… basically all the crappy things retired people do because they have too much time and not enough will to live. Currently there are about 12,500 apps, most of them do the same stupid thing (hugs), but here are a few new ideas for apps that I’m just too
stupid lazy to make:
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SHOCKING! I know right? But hear me out. Here, in California, where I live, registered domestic partners have to prepare three Federal tax returns between two individuals. Currently, Federal law does not acknowledged domestic partnerships, so when it comes to filing their income tax returns, they file two separate individual tax returns. Nothing new here. But when they file their California return, these two people MUST file as “married separately” or “married jointly”. However, since filing a joint California return requires numbers from a joint Federal return; a third “dummy” Federal tax return must be prepared. So that’s 2 individual Federal returns and 1 dummy joint Federal return as opposed to just 1 tax return a married couple would file.
Currently there are roughly 40,000 couples that have registered as domestic partners in California. Here’s where we get crazy with some assumptions. Assuming each one of these couples does not e-file, and that the average return is about 15 pages; an additional 120,000 pages of paper are created every year. All of which is due to this discrepancy between Federal and state law.
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