He was training for taking a feat with his grandfather up in heaven:
It's a good idea tax policy-wise.
All other things being equal Consumer A and Consumer B should be taxed the same amount if they live in the same state, even if one shops online and the other shops locally.
Likewise, by not charging (or being unable to collect) sales tax on internet purchases, the tax system is effectively subsidizing (and encouraging people to use) the online shopping industry / out of state purchases.
It's fine if normal market forces make online shopping cheaper but there is no reason to hand internet retailers a subsidy unavailable to brick and mortar stores.
Now the practical side of things (collecting and forwarding sales tax all around the country) could be an issue.
May want to email / call ahead with an order. Also check out the markup etc.. Vancouver stores don't stock pathfinder very deeply. Drexoll had a few minis last I was in. Imperial hobbies is a much larger store and could have more. It's been a while since I've been out there though.
This is a pvc type plastic, very similar to the white pvc plumbing fittings you may have seen at a hardware store: http://www.globalindustrial.ca/p/plumbing/fittings/PVC/schedule-40-pvc-tee- fitting-12dia-white-121-u?gclid=CMa5p_St4bYCFeU5Qgod8GEAsw
Superglue will work the best. GW plastic cement will not work at all, it's meant for polystyrene.
The learn to paint kits are a fantastic value - the description lists them as having tiny little samples. They don't have samples, they have full bottles of paint.
Apparently the company that sells the strips of sample paint pots charges more than a regular pot of paint, so they switched over to full bottles.
If you don't have paints already, the LTPKs are probably the best way to grab some common colours for below msrp.
Edit - the LTPKs from reaper directly that is. Old ones in LFGSs may still have the paint strips.
Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
Reaper is registering with the CBSA so they can cover all the gst/brokerage/duties themselves and have UPS deliver without those extra fees they are so fond of.
When it reaches 100k:
So the 120 pledge is shaping up to be 8 extra walls, 6 extra floor tiles. Presumably 150k will be more corners.
Oh, they're Kings of War. I've seen some miniatures for that game, the sculpts are really nice. And very cheaper than Warhammer.
Quality can be hit or miss depending on the range. The early dwarf crossbowmen / riflemen aren't very good. The plastic goblins are terrible (some kind of problem with the manufacturer). The skeletons are fantastic, zombies and ghouls great.
The line will be expanding quite a bit this year as well due to the kickstarter they ran.
Which source - it still shows up offsite in the d20pfsrd and in the Ultimate Combat pdf but it was removed from the close group by the more recent Ultimate Equipment (and then removed from the group in the paizo prd).
Depending on what rulebook you are using, the cestus won't work with the brawler. The paizo prd doesn't list the cestus as being in the close weapon group, but ultimate combat does:
Do yourself a favour - find out if the paint at your FLGS has a high turn over rate. If it does, great.
If it doesn't, see if they'll order you in some fresh stuff from reaper for you (or some of the learn to paint kits which come with a lot of paint). Or buy stuff that doesn't set up / spoil like brushes or more minis.
I'd also suggest watching this ebay vendor's auctions: http://www.ebay.com/sch/kruppdora/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=& _ipg=25 (kruppdora). They regularly sell sets of reaper paints at a significant discount. It's how I got my paints.
Linkified for you. I like that flask the alchemist has. Looks dangerous!
Another bones video. All the vampire pledges have arrived, now waiting on the optional extras.
There is a pretty large volume of work on tax competition (states using tax rates to attract residents / business) out there.
There are problems with his model, but Tiebout is a good place to start:
There is also a heavily cited survey type article available here: (let me know if the pdf works - I'm at a university so I can download it no problems, but it might not work off campus).
The first set of WIPs on the wolf rider sculpts are up:
Wolf Rider WIPS
And the number of wolves you get per pledge has been upped from 4 to 6.
Become a citizen, start a small business, our corporate tax rate for canadian small businesses is like 11% (that's total, provincial and federal tax). Our normal corporate tax rate is lower. No estate tax. Strong banks. No looming debt crisis. Working health care.
Just you know, naturalize, and don't vote like a crazy person. :)
I'm a canuck, you'd have to ask an american lawyer :)
I can give it a shot though- Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 of the constitution gives the power to determine citizenship to Congress:
"To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;"
The 14th Amendment lists state citizenship after national citizenship, presumably state citizenship is subordinate or reliant on being a US citizen first.
I imagine the combination of those two things means that renouncing your citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act will have the effect of wiping out your state citizenship.
On top of that, in order to renounce you have to be in a foreign country. Renouncing in the US has no effect, and renouncing with the intent of living in the US has no effect unless you become a citizen of another country and apply to live in the US on a VISA of some sort:
"The U.S. Department of State has concluded that the intention to relinquish U.S. nationality required for purposes of finding loss of nationality under Section 349(a) of the INA does not exist where a renunciant plans or claims a right to continue to reside in the United States, unless the renunciant demonstrates that residence will be as an alien documented properly under U.S. law."
The increase in folks renouncing their citizenship after 2007-2008 isn't 'Obama!' or 'socialism!'. Instead it is due to a policy change at the IRS with regards to dual citizens who live abroad.
The US is a bit of an odd duck in that it taxes based on citizenship, not based on country of residence. If you live in a country that the US has a tax treaty with, you likely won't have to pay taxes. However, dual citizens who live abroad are still required to file with the IRS - even if they don't earn any money in the US or own property there, or ever visit. You still have to file even if you don't earn any income, or owe any taxes. A lot of people didn't know this or didn't bother.
In the wake of the financial crisis in 2007-2008 the IRS became much more aggressive with dual citizens who live abroad and don't file tax returns. Prior to that they didn't really go after people unless they had quite high networths. There are pretty hefty penalties associated with not filing (financial penalties, border crossing difficulties etc...). Not doing your FBAR filing for instance can get you a penalty of 10k a year.
A lot of the people the IRS started going after were dual citizens who left the US at a very young age, or who's parents had been US citizens, or who had been living abroad for ages and ages and figured they didn't need to file because they didn't owe taxes or didn't know they needed to.
The extra people aren't millionaires fleeing the country, it is ordinary people who don't owe taxes but got frightened off by an IRS nastygram. It's just that the millionaires make the news because their names are recognizable. There are for example, about a million Americans living in Canada. If even a small portion of them get spooked, you'll see a big jump in the number of renunciations.
The whole thing is part of a larger crack down on tax avoidance / tax evasion that has been going on since around 1998 (or even earlier if you count the Caribbean stuff in the 1980s).
Like sebastian pointed out, this s~%@ is complicated. I'm not at my desk but off the top of my head here are somethings not mentioned in the article:
The reed amendment (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1182):
Like nazis, draft dodgers and terrorists, they can bar you from returning. I don't think it has ever been enforced (might not be constitutional either).
There is also the ex-patriot act floating around (hasn't been enacted)
Unskilled Troll is Unskilled wrote:
I'm actually finishing up an LL.M. with a focus on international tax law and tax havens specifically so.... :)
You could also try talking to reaper's customer service folks - if it was a new in box feiya I think it is supposed to come with a fox. They might send you a free one.
Re emails - just fyi all of that legal stuff at the end of an email is complete bunk. It is the equivalent of saying "I just told you this secret, stranger who I have never met before, please don't tell anyone else."
Lawyers slap it on everything in the mistaken belief it will cover their ass if a client confidence is inadvertently sent out.