scroll down for the tax tips

I know a lot of ppl have been coming here for the tax tips.

You can either scroll down to where it is, or find the original complaint & the solution at the links given.

.t05 solution

OK, I’ve been getting a TON of emails asking how to fix the problem w/ the TaxCut software. The prob being that some ppl can’t print it, & want to save it to a pdf file. B/c it’s in it’s own file format (called T05) w/ that extension at the end of it.

In TurboTax, you could just hit “file”, “save as…”, & change the type to a pdf easily.

Well, here’s how to do it w/ TaxCut:
1–I went to download.com, & typed in a search for a “pdf writer”.
I had one previously installed that also required a download of a “ghostwriter” program. But it somehow got deleted. So, I just went back & discovered a new one. It’s only 2 mb in size & downloads super-fast. It’s called cutePDF writer 2.5. Now, I don’t know if you need a ghostwriter program for this one. Since I already had it on my computer, it may have just ran in the background like w/ my previous pdf writer program. But for some reason, I don’t think you need to download anything else for this one.
2–So, download this CutePDF Writer 2.5, & install it onto your computer. It’s a free download.
3–Now, to use it, all you do is goto “File” & “Print”. Once on the ‘print’ screen, go to “Find Printer” & select the pdf writer as your printer output.

Optional:
I literally no longer have a printer on our computer (gave it to my sister). So, now if I want to print something at home, I always have to save it as a pdf file, then use another printer (like my work one, or you can use your public library’s computer). If you are in the same situation, then simply go to your “Start” button, select ‘Settings’ & ‘Printers & Faxes’. You’ll see your new CutePDF writer in there. Just right-click it, & select the ‘set as default printer’ option. It will get a check mark next to it now. And from here on out, whenever you hit the ‘print’ button or icon, it’ll automatically convert whatever you’re working on (office doc, or this .t05 file) to a pdf format. Then, you can save it to a disk, or email it to yourself. My dad wanted to email his 1040 completed taxes to my sister who’s in college so that she can use it to do her FAFSA for her school’s financial aid. Important docs like that you always want to send as a pdf so that no one can make any changes to it, & the doc’s integrity remains intact.

Original Post on this whole TaxCut drama. Who knew it was so universal though?!

UPDATE (7/5/2006): The CutePDF Writer 2.5 that I had downloaded & used is no longer available for download. But I did find that they have a new CutePDF Writer 2.6 available for download now. It may even be better/easier/faster/who knows! Also, don’t forget to read the license & user/editor’s reviews before downloading stuff!

the merger! (well, maybe)

I love when different shows & stuff w/in the same genre merge together. Like, my fave Scooby-Doo cartoons were the ones where they hooked up w/ Batman. My fave Jetsons were where they traveled into the past & met up w/ the Flintstones (& vice versa).

Soooo, you can only imagine how absolutely THRILLED I must be right now. Yes, folks, feast your eyes on this:


Now, I’m not sayin that one strip’s gonna “visit” the other, but I am hoping!

And for those of you who may not be familiar w/ Mos Def, I wrote about him a whiles back, check him out in my archive (there’s a pic).

girls rock!

I work w/ musicians, which is really cool. I’m surrounded by incredible music all day long, & I love it. Although I do get frustrated (mainly w/ attitudes) in January & February; and I’m just super-busy & have no time at all in the month of December. But sometimes, little successes make up for all that.

Most of the gigs that ppl get are just things they do b/c it’ll pay the bills. Like playing for someone like Josh Grobin or the TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra). It’s not something you turn down, b/c they pay really well; & at least you can add it to your résumé.

But one of my girls is going to play in the Pepsi Smash thing for the Superbowl. Now, I don’t really do football, but I do know the Superbowl’s supposedly a big deal. And I’ve seen these Pepsi Smash shows before. I guess she’s gonna play w/ Kanye & Train; which is a really great opportunity for her. I’m just really excited for her & I can’t hold it to myself!