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Archive | February 22, 2019

‘Hotstar US’ Is NOT To Be Trusted. $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer Is FAKE.

by Anura Guruge


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Hotstar US has NO intentions whatsoever of honoring the $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer!

That they have a dedicated option (press 2) on their Voice Response System just for those calling about the Amazon Gift Card offer is a dead giveaway.

So, this is how their scam works.

They will claim that you subscribed using a PROMO CODE that did NOT include the Gift Card! As far as they are concerned matter closed.

So, you are screwed.

Very dishonest, disreputable company.

They are helping propagate the stereotype (à la Simpsons Appu) that Indians are dishonest. That is why I go out of my way to point out to folks that I am NOT Indian (that all 3 million of the Hindu gods (most of whom are also duplicitous in their own cute ways)).

From what I can see Hotstar US has NO US presence. I was going to file a claim with the ‘Better Business Bureau’. But, you can’t. They are NOT in the US. This was probably another reason that they opted for this scam. It is a STRAIGHT online scam.

Simply put they are nothing but thieving bastards. Stay away from them. Don’t let them scam YOU.


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Trump Lied To You That 2018 Tax Return Was Going To Be Simpler, Easier & Postcard-Sized.

by Anura Guruge


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OK, it is true that SOME of the forms are the size of EXTRA-LARGE postcards BUT all they have done is split the forms into MULTIPLE ‘postcard’ size Schedules.

It is stupid.

The basic ‘front page’ 1040 is split into two just to give the appearance that is SMALLER and akin to an EXTRA-LARGE postcard. But, it takes TWO of these EXTRA-LARGE postcards to do the very basics.

And then we have 6 NEW Schedules, viz. 1 to 6, in ADDITION to all the old & beloved Schedules A, B, C, D etc.

Sacré bloody bleu.

These new Schedules just complicate matters.

Trust me it is not simpler or faster.

I know my way around the 1040. SMILE. I have been doing taxes, on my own, for nearly a decade. I don’t use software. I do it by hand using ‘Free File Fillable Forms’ from the IRS or just PDF versions of the forms (also from the IRS).

In the last couple of days I did two fairly involved returns — both involving Obamacare, ‘Premium Tax Credit’ Form 8962. I worked it all out and got it done. But, it was really no easier than years before. Just more involved and fiddly.

So, Trump lied to us about this. But, what is new.


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