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March 30

IRS Audit Party

I just received a letter notifying me that an examination of my 1044's for 2011 and 2015 is about to begin. The letter is asking for a ton of information some of which I have no idea how to get. We have always been above board, filed our taxes, and paid what we owe. We did live overseas for part of 2011 and stuff got complicated. Looking for advice on having fun while attending a IRS party! [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 5:43 AM - 3 answers

Help me create and execute government policy

I work in a US gov't policy shop and am looking for ideas and examples for contracting out policy and other support for our challenging mission. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:58 AM - 6 answers

March 29

How does a leadership team track in progress projects?

I work co-leading a busy team of 30 professionals. We have literally hundreds of active projects at any one moment, some urgent and requiring several of my staff to work regularly (daily/weekly) on them and others only getting sporadic updates (monthly/annually). My co-lead and I are looking for a way we can track all of these projects at a glance (and our team can easily update and also check in on shared projects). Microsoft Projects was suggested - anyone have experience with that app or any other ideas? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:17 PM - 13 answers

I have to pay quarterly taxes - now what? (US)

I have a side business that has surprised me by doing really well these past couple years (yay!). I am also employed full time (yay!). I know I need to start filing estimated taxes quarterly this year, but what does that mean? Does that mean just for my side business, or for all of my income? [more inside]
posted by paris moon at 11:30 AM - 7 answers

If I leave my company before the end of the year, do I owe them for FSA

I have an FSA to which I contribute (for example) $10 per month for a total of $1200 for the year. FSA rules allow me to use the entire $1200 before the end of the year, and the ongoing deductions from my pay will eventually fully fund the account. What happens if I use the entire $1200 before quitting my job on, say June 30? I will have paid in only $600. Am I responsible for the rest? [more inside]
posted by Dolley at 9:25 AM - 10 answers

March 28

Investing as a non-resident American citizen

Tl;dr: all I want is a place to put savings that will, at a minimum, not steadily lose value to inflation (although actually growing would also be nice). What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Cozybee at 11:56 PM - 11 answers

Please help me nuke this credit card debt

I have three credit cards, two are fairly maxed but ok and on time. The third is a closed account that has the highest balance and I can't seem to get a handle on it. I'm three months late on that card. The card company is offering me a 45% settlement offer. This is very attractive but I'm sure that paying a settlement carries some long term risk. Someday I would like to buy a little house for me and my daughter. [more inside]
posted by bright and shiny at 4:46 PM - 9 answers

Name that thing

In medical dramas on tv, the doctor will approach an illuminated wall-mounted box and clip x-rays under the clip at the top, just by pushing it underneath. Is there something like this for an office, without the backlight, for displaying pieces of mainly A4 paper? What is it called?
posted by bergnotburg at 2:07 PM - 11 answers

How to get a job at an organization that's not hiring?

I've been following an organization in my town closely for a while; they do awesome work in a field I'm interested in. A few weeks ago, they posted a job on their website. I sent in my resume and cover letter, but heard nothing. I checked the website a week ago and the job posting has been removed, replaced with "we are not currently hiring." I really want to work there, whether in that specific capacity, or another role. It's a small nonprofit (only 3 fulltime staff), so the staff wear many hats. I believe I have the skills and work experience to make myself a valuable addition. Assume this is my dream job. What can I do, if anything? Reach out to the director directly? Offer to volunteer? How much contact from a prospective employee (hopefully) is too much contact before they get annoyed?
posted by anonymous at 12:46 AM - 8 answers

March 27

My manager is leaving. How do I ask her to be my future job reference?

My current direct supervisor is retiring. I don't know her socially at all, though I've liked her a lot as a manager. How can I politely express / request something like this: "Bye, I'll miss you as a boss, please be my reference for future hypothetical job searching, also I need your contact info because I don't know anything about you and you're not on social media." Help?
posted by nicebookrack at 4:05 PM - 13 answers

Brooklyn Apartment Hunting

I've recently accepted a job in Brooklyn. I'll have about $1,900 to spend on rent per month (less would be wonderful, obviously). I'm willing to live with a roomie, but would be open to a studio if that was at all possible in that price range (research suggests it's not). What are good options for places to look, given some criteria below the jump? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 12:13 PM - 21 answers

March 25

Advice about choosing a career related to psychology or business

I am a recent graduate with a bachelor's in psychology and would like advice for whether I should continue to pursue psychology (if so which field in psychology), or go into another field like business. [more inside]
posted by jeenmal112 at 12:06 AM - 4 answers

March 24

Negotiating a larger severance package?

What's the process? What's the likelihood of getting a larger package? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM - 6 answers

Interesting short walks in downtown Seattle

I've gotten better at bringing my lunch to work - hooray! Unfortunately this means I no longer have a reason to leave the building around lunch time, and I hate just walking with no destination in mind. I need interesting things to go look at! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 10:32 AM - 15 answers

March 23

Best way to pay a medical bill

I received a bill for ~$4000 for a surgery I had 8 weeks ago. (After insurance was applied.) I was laid off a few weeks ago and while I could pay the amount out of savings, I'm wondering if it's better to set up a payment plan with the hospital. I have never done this. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 11:13 AM - 32 answers

March 22

Tell me more about Records and Information Management

I'm interested in making a career shift and I'm curious about records and information management. I think the field would be a good fit for me. However, I'm not sure where to begin to make this change. What type of further education/qualifications would I need to get? I've noticed that some people in the field have an MLIS, some don't, etc. After I manage to get those qualifications, how do I get my foot in the door? The field seems a bit mysterious to me! [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 9:45 PM - 8 answers

Desktop Support as a Long-Term Career? Yes or No? Why?

Being the Computer Technician for a Hospital, Clinic, School District, or Corporate IT has been always one of my ideal long term jobs. But curious on how the the Outlook of a Desktop Support Technician will be for the next 20+ years? I love talking to people a lot and resolving technical issues. [more inside]
posted by iwantworklifebalance101 at 8:20 AM - 8 answers

March 21

How do I keep up my entrepreneurial momentum?

I'm changing paths with my business -- how do I keep up optimism and focus? [more inside]
posted by shockpoppet at 9:21 PM - 7 answers

Raising Rates in NYC + Freelance Isn't Free Act

I've been working with "Marney" for 3 years. I charge her $50/hour for all-inclusive communication services: high-profile speeches and pitches on multi-million dollar bids. Recently, she partnered with "Barney," and he hired me to write the pitch for a multi-million dollar proposal too. Between both companies, I had three consecutive rush jobs in five weeks. They now owe me several thousand. How do I get them to cough up before tax time? What's the best approach for raising rates and adding rush fees? I want my new terms to align with the new Freelance Isn't Free Act in NYC. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 3:07 PM - 12 answers

Tell me all you know about the Postal Exam/Assessment.

What is involved in the Postal Exam/assessment for employment? Apparently there are two parts, on-line and in person. What might one expect and how would they prepare for these exams?
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 5:45 AM - 4 answers

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