DEAR BRUCE: If you are married, should you file together or separately? We have no children and have been married for one year.
Our combined income is $50,000. Our mortgage is $125,000, and we have no other debts. — G.P., via email
DEAR G.P.: This is a no-brainer. With your income and no children, I can see absolutely no reason for you guys to file separately.
You would just be paying more taxes for no reason.
I would file immediately for the next tax year as married and filing jointly.
DEAR BRUCE: A few years ago, when your broadcast was available in the Seattle area, I heard you mention your first radio job applications.
You applied something like 2,000 or 3,000 times, or some huge number, and somebody finally relented and gave you a chance.
Could you help me set the record straight and let me know exactly how many times you applied, and the method of application — phone calls or letters — and why they relented?
I find this remarkable and inspiring for anybody looking for a job today. — D.H., via email
DEAR D.H.: I remember very well what I had to do before I actually got anywhere.
That was with WMCA, a radio station in New York, in the late 1970s.
I called WMCA somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 times.
Two or three times a day, every single day. In addition, I sent them well over 500 letters over a four-year period. They told me I wore them down.
Some people said I would tick them off.
But I thought, how can I be any worse off than I am now? They weren’t hiring me or answering my letters.
All I can do is keep after them.
Fortunately, they gave me a shot at Sunday afternoons, which is the toilet in the radio business.
I managed to hang in there, and they offered me a full-time job not that many months later. In any event, that’s the story.
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