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TurboTax HR Block tried to hide free tax filing tools lawsuit alleges

first_img Comments Share your voice Got free, if you can find it. That’s how a current lawsuit might characterize the situation. Kimberly White/Getty Images Tax preparation companies H&R Block and Intuit, which makes TurboTax, were sued Monday for allegedly making their free tax filing tools hard to find.Taxpayers with incomes below $66,000 are eligible to file their taxes for free as part of a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and Intuit, H&R Block and other companies. Under the agreement, the IRS has agreed not to make online tax filing free as long as the tax-preparation companies provide the service.Still, only 3% of Americans reportedly file their taxes for free every year, and locating those services can be difficult.Last month, ProPublica reported that searches for terms like “irs free file taxes” directed people to paid versions of Intuit’s service. Free options were tough to pin down, according to the report.In the suit, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said TurboTax and H&R Block have used “deceptive and misleading advertising and design schemes” to lead taxpayers to unnecessarily purchasing their products. He added that the companies have “for years defrauded the lowest earning 70 percent of American taxpayers … by actively undermining public access to the IRS’ ‘Free File’ program.”For years, Intuit and H&R Block have lobbied to block the IRS from building its own free online tax filing system because it would compete with their products, according to ProPublica. Congress members have reportedly pushed to keep the IRS from providing free online filing.”Any suggestion that Intuit does not support the IRS Free File Program is flat wrong,” said TurboTax spokesman Rick Heineman. “We stand behind our actions as being both appropriate and consistent with our values.”An H&R Block representative said the company has “helped millions of Americans” with its free tax filing options, adding that use of its Free File program grew 8% this tax season.You can read the lawsuits against Intuit and H&R Block below:Intuit lawsuit by jonathan_skillings on ScribdH&R Block lawsuit by jonathan_skillings on Scribd Softwarecenter_img Tags 7last_img read more

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CIID detains man with 1625kg gold

first_imgThe arrestee was identified as Rabiul Islam, 22. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) on Saturday arrested a young man along with 140 gold bars weighing 16.25 kg from Baitul Mukarram Market in the city, reports UNB. DG Moinul also sought assistance from Bangladesh Jewellers Samity and some jewellery ornament traders to seize the consignment, said CIID assistant director Shahiduzzaman. On Saturday morning, a CIID team, led by assistant director Zakaria, arrested Rabiul in association with the local traders along with the gold consignment around 5:20pm. Following a secret information that a big consignment of gold bars would come to the market illegally, CIID director general Moinul Khan directed a team to start vigilance there.last_img read more

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Researchers use new approach to create triangulene molecule

first_img A triangulene molecule, as its name suggests, is a hydrocarbon molecule that is shaped like a triangle—it is also flat because it is just one atom thick—chemists have been trying in vain for years to synthesize such molecules because of their expected unique properties, but have failed due to the instability of unpaired electrons. In this new effort, the researchers took a new approach, using a scanning probe microscope tip to nudge pieces into place and then to tear away the parts that were not needed.To create the molecule, the researches began with a dihydrotriangulene molecule because it did not have the reactive unpaired electrons—they used it as a precursor, laying it on a base (they tried xenon, copper and salt) and then probing it with the electron microscope tip to get the molecules to align in the desired way. Next, they fired an electron beam at the molecule two times to remove the hydrogen, leaving behind a triangulene. The team then created an image of the molecule they had created using the same microscope, which showed its unique triangular shape. They also found they were able to keep the molecule stable as long as they kept it in a vacuum at low temperatures. In testing the molecule, they found that its two unpaired electrons had aligned spins, which was expected. That property was one of the reasons that chemists have been trying to synthesize the molecule—it is believed it could prove very useful in various electronic devices and might even have applications in a quantum computer.The research team plans to continue their work with creating triangulene molecules to learn more about their properties and possible uses. They also hope to find out why their technique worked when a copper bases was used—they thought the two materials would react. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Niko Pavliček et al. Synthesis and characterization of triangulene, Nature Nanotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.305AbstractTriangulene, the smallest triplet-ground-state polybenzenoid (also known as Clar’s hydrocarbon), has been an enigmatic molecule ever since its existence was first hypothesized. Despite containing an even number of carbons (22, in six fused benzene rings), it is not possible to draw Kekulé-style resonant structures for the whole molecule: any attempt results in two unpaired valence electrons. Synthesis and characterization of unsubstituted triangulene has not been achieved because of its extreme reactivity, although the addition of substituents has allowed the stabilization and synthesis of the triangulene core and verification of the triplet ground state via electron paramagnetic resonance measurements. Here we show the on-surface generation of unsubstituted triangulene that consists of six fused benzene rings. The tip of a combined scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscope (STM/AFM) was used to dehydrogenate precursor molecules. STM measurements in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirmed that triangulene keeps its free-molecule properties on the surface, whereas AFM measurements resolved its planar, threefold symmetric molecular structure. The unique topology of such non-Kekulé hydrocarbons results in open-shell π-conjugated graphene fragments6 that give rise to high-spin ground states, potentially useful in organic spintronic devices. Our generation method renders manifold experiments possible to investigate triangulene and related open-shell fragments at the single-molecule level. Citation: Researchers use new approach to create triangulene molecule (2017, February 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-approach-triangulene-molecule.html Researchers reveal the structure of individual chemical bonds using specialized imaging techniques Journal information: Nature Nanotechnologycenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with IBM Research in Switzerland and the University of Warwick in the U.K. has successfully created a triangulene molecule by manipulating a precursor molecule physically using a scanning probe microscope tip. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the team describes their approach and what they have learned about the molecule’s properties thus far. Manuel Melle-Franco with the University of Aveiro in Portugal offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. a,b, AFM images of triangulene on Cu (Δz = 1.66 Å, Isp = 2 pA, Vsp = 0.1 V) (a) and Xe (Δz = −0.82 Å, Isp = 1 pA, Vsp = 0.1 V) (b). Credit: (c) Nature Nanotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.305 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Suruchi Sangha launches theme song penned by Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The theme song of Suruchi Sangha, composed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been launched on Monday. This is the fourth consecutive year when the Chief Minister has penned the theme song for the Puja committee.The theme song has been launched on the auspicious day of Mahalaya. The theme song – Jayo Maa Jayo Durga – has been sung by the Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs department Indranil Sen and Lopamudra Mitra. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSuruchi Sangha is one of the most famous Pujas in the city and every year, lakhs of people turn up at the Puja pandal to get a glimpse of the brilliant artwork. The Puja is going to pull a huge crowd this year as well, because of its unique theme. This year, the theme of the Puja is Maa Aschen Maatir Ghore – Shiuli Gandha Utsav Jure. On Monday, there was a huge gathering at the Puja pandal. The state Youth Services and Sports minister Aroop Biswas, who is the key person of the Puja committee, was present in the pandal during the release of the theme song. Sen was also present at the programme on Monday. Actors from Tollywood and many eminent personalities attended the programme as well. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe celebration of the Puja started from the day of Mahalaya as the actors from Tollywood were found dancing at the beats of dhaak. A wide array of visual treats, starting from 3D artwork to murals, will be there in the Puja pandal. Everything will be done only by using bamboo and clay. Artists have created various designs on bamboo structures using clay. The interior of the Pandal has been decorated with 3D clay artwork. At the same time, there will be “clay etching” and murals on the walls of the Puja pandal. There will also be clay idols of different plants, flowers and birds on the walls of the Puja pandals, as symbols of clean environment and greenery. It will also give the message of the fight against global warming. Moreover, this is the first time in the country when the ceiling of a pandal is getting constructed using the bark of papaya tree. It may be mentioned that soil of different colours is found in different parts of Bengal. There will be a unique artwork at the middle of the Puja pandal and it will be developed using soil of different colours.last_img read more

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ACV launches EBB for Trafalgar vacations in Europe

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations, EBB, Trafalgar ACV launches EBB for Trafalgar vacations in Europe << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is offering both savings and perks with its new Early Booking Bonus for Trafalgar Guided Vacations in Europe.Available until Nov. 18, the offer includes savings up to $1,500 per couple plus free standard seat selection and an additional $50 optional experience credit voucher when booking an authentic European escape with Trafalgar Guided Vacations.The offer applies for travel between Jan. 1 and Nov. 2, 2019, and is based on economy class service on select packages and departure dates only. New individual bookings must be made with a minimum five-night stay.When booking a Trafalgar Guided Vacation with Air Canada Vacations, clients receive: roundtrip flights, hotel accommodation and select meals; air-conditioned coach equipped with Wi-Fi; the services of Travel Directors and Local Specialists; unique experiences like wine tasting, cooking lessons and walking tours; and Be My Guest dining that includes dining with local families in their homes.For more information go to aircanadavacations.com. Thursday, September 6, 2018 Sharelast_img read more