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February 27

What is the ratio of black men to black women who apply to med school?

I googled but couldn't find it, is there anywhere to find the percentages of medical school applicants that are black men versus black women?
posted by maxexam at 4:59 PM - 6 answers

Are my tenant rights being violated?

I rent a house. The house has a small apartment downstairs. The apartment is not on separate meters for utilities. All the utilities are in my name & are paid by me. There is nothing about the apartment in the lease. The landlords live out of state & said in an email they would use the apartment for “long weekends” two or three times a year. That has not been the case. [more inside]
posted by Bohemian Sailor at 2:59 PM - 16 answers

February 23

International USA tax advice filter.

How to ’notarize’ a gift from UK parent to USA citizen (and an AUS citizen) for US tax purposes. USA citizen has power of attorney over UK parent’s account - does not want to expose the UK account to US tax liability or themselves to IRS problems. Tax advisor/accountant recommendation wanted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 PM - 4 answers

Question about birth certificate post-adoption....

I was adopted in the 70s. Closed adoption. I have now my original birth certificate (with my birth mother and father's name and my given name and where I was born) as well as the birth certificate that became my official certificate after I was adopted. The dates are weird, though, anyone have knowledge of this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 7:43 PM - 10 answers

February 22

Tax filing question (moved, moving again)?

YANML, but should be a relatively simple question. I moved and am moving again, back to the original state I lived in last year. Which state/address should I use when filing my taxes? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 1:05 PM - 9 answers

February 20

IRS Income Tax Underpayment Penalty

Is the IRS income tax underpayment penalty based solely on income, or is it also based on IRA withdrawals? [more inside]
posted by SageTrail at 10:31 AM - 10 answers

February 19

Is there info on Andrew Yang’s recent charitable donations?

How much money has Andrew Yang donated to charity in the last year? Is there info on specific places he has donated money, and what amounts?
posted by andoatnp at 8:46 PM - 2 answers

medical malpractice defense lawyer recommendation NYC

Can anyone recommend a lawyer for defense against a medical malpractice suit in New York City please? Initial consultation will be for advice; it may of course later turn into a request for defense. The defendant is no longer in New York.
posted by anadem at 5:10 PM - 3 answers

February 18

Copyright issues with photography, seeking resources

I am a salaried employee of a non-profit organization in the US. I take photos of the location of the organization which are used for various purposes. I use my own equipment, take the photos on my own time and am self-directed for what I photograph. I store those photos externally. I have not charged the organization for the use of my photos however I have told them that the photos belong to me and not had any pushback, but also not had any confirmation until earlier this month when I started getting pushback. I'd like to learn more about this area of the law. Can you direct me to good resources so I can learn more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM - 15 answers

Federal Jury service, logistics.... (USA)

Has anyone ever served on federal jury duty at a 50+ mile distance from home? [more inside]
posted by Jenny'sCricket at 9:40 AM - 9 answers

February 15

Help me debunk more MAGA BS

A relative just posted a thing on FB that claims that it was literally impossible for Biden to get X number of new voters in Colorado. I know it is bullshit but my brain is dead. Please help me figure out how to debunk the BS. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 11:14 AM - 11 answers

February 10

Do I Need to Correct This Tax Form?

US Tax question: I received a 1099-MISC for a payment that I had to send back. Do I still need the 1099 for filing taxes? More details below. [more inside]
posted by Guess What at 5:31 AM - 12 answers

February 8

Should I give out this identity info? If not, how to politely refuse?

A close relative keeps claiming they're updating their will and need my date-of-birth and last 4 digits of Social Security number. Does that actually make sense, or why else could they want this info? And can anybody suggest a polite, kind, appreciative way to say I'm not comfortable giving this out? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 3:04 AM - 28 answers

February 7

Still no December/January stimulus check. What to do?

My husband's $600 stimulus check arrived on 15 January; mine still has not. How and where do I report this? [more inside]
posted by Spathe Cadet at 6:15 AM - 7 answers

Is my attorney responsible for costs of their clearcut negligence?

My lawyer goofed and cost me some money, but not a 'sue for malpractice' amount of money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 AM - 7 answers

February 4

How did Marjorie Taylor Greene get her committee assignments?

In all the talk about stripping her of her seats on the education and budget committees, the detail I've not seen is how she got them in the first place. Is it typical for newly-elected freshman congresspeople to be assigned to committees at that level? If not, who was responsible for the decision to include her?
posted by ook at 9:22 AM - 12 answers

January 27

COVID- Massachusetts Are evictions still a thing?

Our landlords showed up at our house yesterday, told us not to pay rent in February and to be out on March 1. We are tenants-at-will, but this is out of nowhere. A Sheriff showed up today to serve me. The letter indicates "If you fail to so vacate, I shall employee the due course of law to evict you." I have a few questions. I thought evictions were on a stay in MA due to COVID until March. Not that I want to stay, but I might need to. There's no properties to rent near us, and less to buy. You are not my realty lawyer, but you might have understanding of the current law. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
posted by Draccy at 12:20 PM - 7 answers

January 24

How to get our blue mailboxes back?

I live in Redmond, WA, and right before the the US election, a LOT of the shared blue mailboxes around town were taken away. How can we get them back? [more inside]
posted by evilmonk at 1:59 PM - 2 answers

What was the Trump quote about 538 (but getting the numbers wrong)?

In 2020 Trump said something disparaging about Nate Silver and his polling site (FiveThirtyEight, as in 538 electoral votes). Trump got the number wrong, like 406 or something. What did he say, and what was that wrong number?
posted by Monochrome at 10:24 AM - 1 answers

Reporting Domestic Extremism

There are two people in my community (USA) that seem to have crossed a line. They didn’t literally storm the capital but they have the ideology and the means to do it elsewhere and/or inspire others to do so. They have large followings in secret groups that I have access to. Reporting to my local police seems like a terrible idea since the police here are populated by plenty of that type. The FBI site says to contact local law enforcement. Where do I report someone, and not compromise my own safety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM - 14 answers

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