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  1. What do you mean by updating your pc?
  2. No because Box 1 can be reduced by non taxable fringe benefits. Normally it would match box 3 plus any amount exceeding the annual SS wage limit.
  3. So far, the sharing of personal tax information with Meta appears to have been mostly limited to the taxpayers that used the online versions of Taxact, Tax Slayer and H & R Block to prepare their own returns. In addition: "The Markup also found the pixel code on a tax preparation site operated by a financial advice and software company called Ramsey Solutions, which uses a version of TaxSlayer’s service.That pixel gathered even more personal data from a tax return summary page, including information on income and refund amounts." (Ramsay Solutions is a spinoff of the The Dave Ramsay Show) As a practical matter, I don't think that I have a single client or any family member that will read or hear about this. Issues and problems like this are only noticed by accountants, financial advisors, and other computer/technically literate people.
  4. Pixels as well as cookies are not considered malware.
  5. Well, in 2019 the FTC fined Facebook $ 5 Billion for egregious violations of privacy. Unfortunately, for Facebook that is just pocket change.
  6. I just checked. Dell has multiple deals with Win 10 Pro
  7. Meta's website doesn't explicitly say, but how it appears to work is that Meta will let businesses use the programmable Pixels for free in return for receiving the information, which Meta then uses for marketing and advertising which is how they generate revenue.
  8. Think of Meta Pixels as next generation programmable cookies, which Meta provides to business users to "enhance the users online experience" with the information then being shared with Meta, which includes Facebook, Instagram and to a lesser extent Whatsapp. Meta Pixels are apparently very hard to avoid and very difficult to get rid of. Supposedly Google some similar tracking but not at this depth. "The Markup found sensitive data sent to Facebook on the Education Department’s federal student aid application website, crisis pregnancy websites, and the websites of prominent hospitals. " "The Markup tested the websites of Newsweek’s top 100 hospitals in America. On 33 of them we found the tracker, called the Meta Pixel, sending Facebook a packet of data whenever a person clicked a button to schedule a doctor’s appointment. The data is connected to an IP address—an identifier that’s like a computer’s mailing address and can generally be linked to a specific individual or household—creating an intimate receipt of the appointment request for Facebook." Unless we go completely off grid or avoid other parties websites like the plague we are all being tracked.
  9. "Major tax filing services such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Facebook when Americans file their taxes online, The Markup has learned. The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts. The information sent to Facebook can be used by the company to power its advertising algorithms and is gathered regardless of whether the person using the tax filing service has an account on Facebook or other platforms operated by its owner, Meta. " Surprise, Surprise! Another reason to never use Facebook!
  10. Why would you do that and make your situation more complicated?
  11. I had to wait for the second MFA code for about 5 minutes, otherwise it went very smoothly, about 15 minutes in total.
  12. I did get one last month while I was logging in from Kauai on a two week vacation.
  13. Just to clarify, Drake did not buy TaxAct. A Cinven umbrella holding company owns Drake and TaxAct. According to Cinven's website, they own equity positions in 140 different businesses around the world and on average they hold their investments 4 to 5 years. Cinven's mindset is a strategy of maximizing their investment, which is not an operating strategy.
  14. Marilyn, You are a better person than I am. However from my point of view "loyalty is a two way street"!
  15. Optimistically by the end of 2023, realistically by the end of 2024.
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