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January 27

Signing Bonus Clawback

My job gave a signing bonus, with the stipulation that if I voluntarily separated within two years, "the full amount of the bonus will be deducted from your last paycheck." The bonus was larger than my bi-weekly salary. Am I on the hook for the portion above the last paycheck? Illinois jurisdiction.
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM - 4 answers

January 26

Who will do my (cross-border) taxes? Me?

This year I have a slightly complicated (but not that complicated) tax situation as I moved countries and also sold some (but not all) stock holdings. My original arrangements for tax prep have fallen through and I am having a LOT of trouble finding anyone else willing to take me on as a client. Can I DIY this with a fancy version of Turbotax or something? Or, alternatively, does anyone have any leads on good US/Canada tax accountants who are actually accepting new clients? (Moved from the US to Canada last fall) [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 9:32 AM - 6 answers

E-Filing W-2s for Household Employers - Best Site

I'm e-Filing my household' employee's W-2. I won't be able to use SSA because of reasons. I've found several 3rd party companies that do that, but I've never heard of them and seems like something review sites don't handle. Who have you used to do these and who do you recommend? Assume don't want to spend more than $10 on this.
posted by sandmanwv at 6:33 AM - 2 answers

January 25

Turning real money into fake money

I reside in the United States. I have a fair amount of paper euros left over from previous trips that I would like to spend with a vendor in Europe. Is there a simple and inexpensive way to convert those paper euros into a EUR-based debit card, which I can then use to make a purchase online? [more inside]
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 6:45 PM - 7 answers

January 24

Detach from someone else's anger... how-to

What strategies have you used, in similar roles past or present, to de-escalate internal anger when someone is upset at you over something you told them that they don't want to hear? [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at 2:49 PM - 8 answers

Amazon Promotional Financing - Payment Allocation to Avoid Interest

I bought a Kindle, using my Amazon Prime Store card with 6 months promotional financing. The only other charge on that card is $3.50. I’ve switched my Amazon preferred payment method to another card, so there will be no future charges after this, just the Kindle balance. [more inside]
posted by elphaba at 10:46 AM - 3 answers

App on MS Teams for recurring checklists?

I'm looking for an app in Teams for checklists that need to be completed on a regular basis, instead of just checking off a Word document every time. This is for a work team that has a high work load, to help manage recurring tasks that need to be done but get lost in the volume and pace of work. [more inside]
posted by bighappyhairydog at 9:32 AM - 2 answers

What to say to coworkers about upcoming stress leave?

My departments culture is healthy. We are team oriented and most of us are pretty open with each other. (My larger workplace culture is very optics oriented and emotionally feels unsafe because of that.) My doctor was pretty insistent about my need to use FMLA for 3 weeks and then possibly more ad hoc/intermittent to recover from burnout. I can't decide how much to say and whether to be as apologetic as I want to be. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 8:19 AM - 22 answers

January 23

Should I try a different life insurance company

I'm in California getting applying for term life insurance. The company is asking a lot of questions, much more than they did for my wife who also applied for life insurance. Is that normal? Is it because my policy is for a larger amount ($3 million vs $1 million)? I'm worried I triggered their system by increasing the amount in the middle of the process. [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich at 2:06 PM - 4 answers

So if you're a digital nomad how do you do renter's insurance?

Basically I haven't had more than a UPS box since 2001 at this point. I do a lot of airbnb's but mainly chain hotels. But i've been worried if my laptop went missing or something. I do have a car and car insurance? Does THAT cover it? Or is there a renter's insurance for someone who doesn't actually have a lease?
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:44 PM - 9 answers

Where to get 1 scannable Copy A of Form W-2

I need 1 scannable Copy A (red) of Form W-2 (PDF) as I am not able to get my SSA login details quickly enough. . One option I see is to buy 100 for $10 from Staples. Are there other options I am missing? I have asked my local Buy Nothing group.
posted by sandmanwv at 11:42 AM - 7 answers

January 21

What happens to me if they don't raise the debt ceiling?

I'm fairly well-acquainted with what happens to the nation if Republicans won't raise the debt ceiling. But I don't really understand what that would mean for me, Jane Q. Public. Can you explain how a refusal to raise the debt ceiling is likely to affect me personally, and what I should be worried about and not worried about? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:12 PM - 26 answers

January 20

Could hiring a cover letter writer be worth it?

Writing cover letters has been very difficult for me lately. Is it ever worth hiring a cover letter writer? Have you done it? Did it work out for you? Did it not work out for you? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 7:44 PM - 13 answers

Working In The TV/Film Production Industry

Two weeks ago, I asked about returning to school, which got me thinking about film school, and the local university's well-respected film department was remarkably receptive at having an old guy join their ranks; but, looking from a practical standpoint, I don't know much about the industry today. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 7:37 AM - 15 answers

January 19

How does a Canadian work remotely, P/T, for a small US company?

Should the company hire me as an employee and use a Canadian payroll company , or would it make more sense for me to set up as a sole proprietor? (asking for friend) [more inside]
posted by methroach at 7:24 PM - 4 answers

How do you read a Private Trust statement (Canadian bank)?

My senile father's estate is in a managed wealth trust in Canada because my remaining brother and I live in the U.S. and can't legally manage his estate. I get statements but I have no accounting background and while I can look at the big number I can't really make heads or tails of anything else. Are there any resources I can look out to better understand this?
posted by srboisvert at 4:46 PM - 5 answers

How To Do Conference Calls When It's Too Early For Conference Calls?

I'm in Japan and have recently started working for my former employer in the US. I've been invited to a 6am conference call, but I live in a small apartment with typically thin walls, so my neighbors will murder me if I start barking down the phone at 6am. It's not OK to do calls in a coffee shop here either (not that any are open near me at that time). How do other remote workers handle this, particularly as a semi-regular occurrence?
posted by my log does not judge at 5:08 AM - 11 answers

January 18

Lunar New Year - Gifts for a Public Service Colleague

My colleague brought in some treats for Lunar New Year. What can we (white colleagues) gift her in exchange? Thanks for your help!
posted by nathaole at 1:45 PM - 8 answers

Does my friend have the right to complain?

My friend is in their early forties and is constantly complaining about how little money they have and that they are behind in paying student loans and all kinds of bills. This person graduated from university a few years ago due to personal issues and feels behind in life. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 12:38 PM - 27 answers

January 16

Too late to make in in Nashville

I'm 43 and (re)starting my career after a decade as a stay-at-home parent. Located in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 3:49 PM - 8 answers

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