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Comment Re:Is there any evidence that web ads work? (Score 1) 394

Ad companies will often run ads only in selected geographic regions or selected subgroups of consumers, and then collect data on any increases in sales in those targeted groups. If there's a sales increase then the ad agency will claim causation and proof that ads work.

Comment Why not take business expenses on your tax? (Score 1) 165

Since you are a 1099 you are able to deduct business related expenses from your tax return that you cannot otherwise take as a W-2. Eg, a computer at home, internet access, cell phone, professional memberships, publications, conferences, all to keep up with your profession. You might be able to deduct some car expenses but since you drive to the same location every day this is generally not allowed. Are you required to wear any specific clothes, like no jeans or shorts? If so then those can be expensed. Also the costs of some insurance can be expensed. And you don't need to be an LLC or have a fed tax ID. There's a long list of expenses, and I suspect your income is modest so the chance of an audit is very low.

Submission + - Volunteer work for for-profit companies is illegal in California

billrp writes: It seems it's illegal to provide volunteer work for a for-profit company in California. You must be compensated for your time, and of course taxes must be withheld. Here's a story about a small winery that was recently busted: http://www.wine-searcher.com/m...

But what about all the user data that is collected by Facebook, Google, etc.without compensation and then sold to advertisers?

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