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Old 10-22-2019, 12:05 AM
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How do inmates do their taxes?? I have been doing them on-line for 15 years but don't think that is possible inside a Federal facility??
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No, online tax preparation isn't possible in the bop. You can order tax forms, etc. online, from home, and have them mailed to the prison for him to prepare. I mailed mine home for an additional signature.
https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/order-products
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How do inmates do their taxes?? I have been doing them on-line for 15 years but don't think that is possible inside a Federal facility??
Just out of curiosity, what do inmates pay taxes on? I can only assume you're referring to income made before going into prison, right?
Sorry, the question just piqued my curiosity!
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Some prisoners still earn income when locked up, not from jobs, but the IRS doesn't care.
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Just out of curiosity, what do inmates pay taxes on? I can only assume you're referring to income made before going into prison, right?
Sorry, the question just piqued my curiosity!
That's correct, income made before going into prison
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You can't have a "job" while in BOP, but you might have income-producing assets outside, like a business or rental property, or interest/dividends on investments. Rare, but certainly not unheard of. Presumably, if you have sizable assets, you'll have a partner/agent/attorney/accountant doing the day-to-day financial management for you.
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With America's current plan to "imprison as many folks as humanly possible", you would probably be surprised to know the large number of retirees who watched their tropical beach retirement homes morph into a federal or State prison cell. Some pensions stop after a criminal conviction (or in the case of Social Security "for every month with even one day locked up in a jail or prison"), but not all of them do. It depends on the rules for each retirement or disability pension system.

Surprise, federal legislators continue to receive their entire pension checks when they are prison inmates, and most of them receive more money than the warden is being paid. That's one benefit when you write the laws.
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With America's current plan to "imprison as many folks as humanly possible", you would probably be surprised to know the large number of retirees who watched their tropical beach retirement homes morph into a federal or State prison cell. Some pensions stop after a criminal conviction (or in the case of Social Security "for every month with even one day locked up in a jail or prison"), but not all of them do. It depends on the rules for each retirement or disability pension system.

Surprise, federal legislators continue to receive their entire pension checks when they are prison inmates, and most of them receive more money than the warden is being paid. That's one benefit when you write the laws.
Social Security stops if incarcerated over 30 days, but if even one day in any month they canx it for the entire month - they did that to me but reinstated because I was not inside over thirty days. This will of course change when I report to ermanent facility. So if you go in , on 31 March, and come out on 1 April, they take Two months SSA - thats BS - SSA is not a benefit I earned it over my lifetime of work, paid into it, it should not stop!!! But thats the law as it stands now, should be repealed. Disability and dependents SSA will not stop...........under the right circumstances........I don't qualify for either.
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Thanks for the clarification about when Social Security stops paying inmates. I agree, SS and pensions are earned benefits, often paid for with payroll deductions over 30 or more years, they definitely aren't "free". Taking away a family's financial support because one member has joined the world's highest number of prisoners here in America is brutal, but that's something we do very well (or very badly).
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