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  1. I ask because TurboTax got in trouble last year for hiding the legitimate free option from Google searches and on their website.
  2. We're you able to get access to the actual free service or the fake free service?
  3. Thinking about maybe doing a sbbu night in the evening on Friday?
  4. I don't believe it captures the taxi sector, which accepts street hails, and just captures the various sectors (black car, livery, limousine) that do prearranged trips. NYC has a uniquely sophisticated FHV industry with all sorts of legally recognized sectors that fill different niches. And the threshold is prohibitively high to only capture the big apps. (as a trivia aside, when the state legislature wants to implement NYC-specific laws, the legally appropriate way is to limit the law's application to "cities of one million or more" because the next largest city, Buffalo, only has 250K population) Part of the issue is though is that their entire business model is to replace full-time drivers with part time drivers, so even if it started out as a thing for side hustle, the full-time drivers need somewhere to go when their dispatching bases close (or when they're given cash incentives to jump over, contributing to said closures).
  5. If it were simply the folks looking for part time work when they're not busy on a free night or whatever, it wouldn't be the problem it is. Take Uber for example - on top of the aforementioned pool of drivers, they offered a number of financial incentives that small, local bases could not match to poach full-time drivers from the local bases, simultaneously putting the local bases out of business and flooding the streets with enough Uber drivers to ensure there will always be a ride available for a customer while also making it so none of the Uber drivers (many of whom drive as their primary source of income) make enough money to make ends meet - when expenses factored in, often making less than minimum wage. Rather than tinkering with worker classification, NYC handled it locally by legally distinguishing entities that dispatch more than 10K trips in the city per day from smaller bases and entities and by imposing additional obligations on those 10K+ entities. It still increases the costs to Uber/Lyft and thus to their consumers, but that's an example of a more narrow approach that I've seen compared the the ABC test.
  6. https://unevenedge.com/topic/48493-kobe-bryant-died/
  7. discussion thread here: https://unevenedge.com/topic/48493-kobe-bryant-died/
  8. Uber and Lyft are testing ways to limit ways they exert control over the drivers, but I don't think they can ever succeed in passing the ABC test. Courts thus far (and legislatures interested in the issue) do not buy into the argument that dispatching rides via app instead of by phone suddenly makes them a technology company and not a transportation company. But I think what it comes down to is that the reason their business model succeeded over the competition, and the reason Uber and the like have been such investor magnets, is because they figured out how to exert employer-level carrots and sticks over a flexible, part-time workforce without having to pay employer obligations, thus allowing them to provide a cheaper service to the consumer and undercut competition. Whether or not that means this inherently undercuts workers or that the existing legal framework for employer/employee relations is outdated is a different question.
  9. If it makes you feel better, in 2019 I paid more in student loan interest than quadruple the tax deduction.
  10. I just started getting my documents so iunno. Maybe I'll get it done before the last possible moment.
  11. It's a bit of a cluster. NY legislature and labor-side stakeholders have been trying to figure out since last spring how to capture the actual gig economy targets (Uber, Handy, Doordash, etc.) while mitigating unintended consequences from a near-generally applicable rule like AB5. The Governor just tried to take control of the issue by proposing a task force in his budget to come up with ideas to implement via Labor regulation that would be statutorily limited to "digital marketplace companies" as defined in said budget proposal.
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