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20170727_201042_Richtone(HDR) copyIt’s time for the August iSteve fundraiser.

Actually, it’s August 10th and past time, but I’ve been so busy blogging that I haven’t had time to post an appeal.

We’ve been averaging 35,000 page views per day so far in August, putting us on track for a record million pageviews in one month. (On the other hand, August is an unlikely month for a record. And we’ve come close before and not quite made it. And I’ve got my regular checkup next week and my doctor may yell at me for working too much and exercising too little, as happened during Merkel’s Million Muslim Mob in 2015.)

Still, when I check Twitter these days, it’s sounding just like iSteve in 2007.

Nothing encourages me more than your donations.

Here are seven ways for you to contribute:

First: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual.

Commenter Lot adds:

For paypal, you can currently avoid all fees on both sides of the transfer by (1) selecting the “friends and family” feature (2) using your bank account rather than credit card.

Second: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:

Steve Sailer
P.O Box 4142
Valley Village, CA 91617-0142

Third: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here. (Paypal and credit cards accepted, including recurring “subscription” donations.) Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know. Don’t forget to click my name.

Fourth: You can use Bitcoin:

I’m using Coinbase as a sort of Paypal for Bitcoins.

Message to the SPLC intern reading this: The IRS has issued instructions regarding Bitcoins. I’m having Coinbase immediately turn all Bitcoins I receive into U.S. dollars and deposit them in my bank account. At the end of the year, Coinbase will send me a 1099 form for filing my taxes.

So, SPLC intern, tell Heidi she’s out of luck again. And ask her how long until you get paid, what with Morris having piled up a $303 million endowment.

Payments are not tax deductible.

Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.

Pay With Bitcoin (denominated in U.S. Dollars)

This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)

Pay With Bitcoin (denominated in Bitcoins)

Fifth: if you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay. Just tell WF SurePay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.

Sixth: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.

Seventh: send money via the Paypal-like Google Wallet to my Gmail address(that’s isteveslrATgmail .com — replace the AT with a @). (Non-tax deductible.)

 
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  1. Anonym says:

    So, SPLC intern, tell Heidi she’s out of luck again. And ask her how long until you get paid, what with Morris having piled up a $303 million endowment.
    Anyone who says you can’t Jew a Jew never met Morris Dees. He’s made a career out of it!

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  2. jim jones says:

    If I donate will the FBI come knocking on my door?

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    • Replies: @Lot
    Not if you send cash with a fake return address. Plus you can make up an obscure joke name.
  3. As Mariner stopping the guest,
    So Sailer now makes a request:
    “I’ve defied the diverse.
    If you’ll open your purse,
    I’ll continue to give you my best.”

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    • LOL: Romanian
    • Replies: @Clark Westwood

    As Mariner stopping the guest,
    So Sailer now makes a request:
    “I’ve defied the diverse.
    If you’ll open your purse,
    I’ll continue to give you my best.”
     
    He he. You obviously know what you're doing, Eustace.
  4. Even a penny a page view, less than it takes to feed a starving child in Africa, would give you a good start on what it takes to live in SoCal.

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  5. eric says:

    It would be nice for you to provide a Bitcoin address that isn’t linked to a payment amount. What you offer is bundled w/ a price so it’s not easy to copy and paste your bitcoin address into a web wallet or exchange. Also, you might offer a different range of contributions (which currently start at $171–0.05 Bitcoin).

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    • Replies: @Romanian
    It was half that just three weeks ago. I know because I missed the surge!

    PS You will get the loot on salary day, pinky swear!

    , @Steve Sailer
    Thanks. Could you provide some suggestions of websites to use? My priority is that they be completely transparent and that I personally don't ever hold bitcoins and thus don't set off complex capital gains tax implications that could get me audited. The SPLC has sniffed around my taxes, and so I try to be extremely scrupulous about my taxes, especially about holding Bitcoins, which is likely an audit red-flag for an unpopular person.
  6. The Z Blog says: • Website

    We’ve been averaging 35,000 page views per day so far in August, putting us on track for a record million pageviews in one month.

    This has to be wrong. I blocked whole continents to keep spam under control and I get more than 35K page views. You are orders of magnitude more famous than me and you have this platform. Either you left off a zero or someone is giving you bad data.

    My back of the envelope guess is that you have north of 250K unique visitors per month. Given some percentage pop in regularly to see comments or post comments, your daily page views should be 2.5 million pages per month, or thereabouts.

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  7. What about an Amazon gift certificate? Any objection (other than that it’s not as handy as cash)?

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  8. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    To the community

    Can you tell me if the following is wrong…….

    Under US gift tax law, each spouse can give up to around $14,000 per year to someone tax free. So while it is not deductible off the givers income, it is completely free of tax to $14,000.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Nice try, but Steve was audited back in the bad-old Obama days. IIRC it turned out the IRS owed him, but a hassle nonetheless. The folks that can't actually win arguments against him seek other ways to squelch his efforts.
    , @Lot
    That is correct. There are many legal ways around this if you want to give more.
    , @BORRIS
    Does that mean Steve should not be paying tax on these donations?
  9. O'Really says:

    Steve — I will send you another contribution, but you have to promise to reduce your output. I have a job, a family, etc., and this deluge is killing me.

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  10. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Really awesone new photo, Steve, and thanks for all of your writing!

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Awesome, not awesone. The edit feature is no longer available to me for sone reason. :)
  11. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    Really awesone new photo, Steve, and thanks for all of your writing!

    Awesome, not awesone. The edit feature is no longer available to me for sone reason. :)

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  12. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anon
    To the community

    Can you tell me if the following is wrong.......

    Under US gift tax law, each spouse can give up to around $14,000 per year to someone tax free. So while it is not deductible off the givers income, it is completely free of tax to $14,000.

    Nice try, but Steve was audited back in the bad-old Obama days. IIRC it turned out the IRS owed him, but a hassle nonetheless. The folks that can’t actually win arguments against him seek other ways to squelch his efforts.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I've never been audited, but I did get hassled by letters in a couple of years over mistakes made by the IRS rather than by me.

    It may not have had anything to do with the SPLC calling me up to inquire about my tax status ten or 12 years ago.

  13. Lot says:
    @Anon
    To the community

    Can you tell me if the following is wrong.......

    Under US gift tax law, each spouse can give up to around $14,000 per year to someone tax free. So while it is not deductible off the givers income, it is completely free of tax to $14,000.

    That is correct. There are many legal ways around this if you want to give more.

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  14. Lot says:
    @jim jones
    If I donate will the FBI come knocking on my door?

    Not if you send cash with a fake return address. Plus you can make up an obscure joke name.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Plus you can make up an obscure joke name.

    Jokeths are really funny!
  15. Romanian says: • Website
    @eric
    It would be nice for you to provide a Bitcoin address that isn't linked to a payment amount. What you offer is bundled w/ a price so it's not easy to copy and paste your bitcoin address into a web wallet or exchange. Also, you might offer a different range of contributions (which currently start at $171--0.05 Bitcoin).

    It was half that just three weeks ago. I know because I missed the surge!

    PS You will get the loot on salary day, pinky swear!

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  16. If you want anonymity, go buy a prepaid Visa card, tape it between two pieces of cardboard so that it’s not obvious what it is, and mail it to Steve. No identity, no tax, perfect.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I will gladly accept prepaid gift cards, which are excellent for donor's anonymity, but, dear Heidi Beirich of the SPLC, I write them down and report them as income to the IRS.
  17. BORRIS says:
    @Anon
    To the community

    Can you tell me if the following is wrong.......

    Under US gift tax law, each spouse can give up to around $14,000 per year to someone tax free. So while it is not deductible off the givers income, it is completely free of tax to $14,000.

    Does that mean Steve should not be paying tax on these donations?

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    • Replies: @Lot
    It is a slightly grey area, but I personally think he should NOT be paying taxes on reader gifts that (1) are below the gift tax limit and (2) do not result in a tax deduction for the giver.

    I would also bet that 95% of reader-supported bloggers do not declare donations as income. Andrew Sullivan for a while was getting so many donations he hired multiple assistants. In that case, especially because givers received a "premium" version of the site, it could be argued he worked to provide a service.

    For iSteve, the gifts are completely gratuitous, there is not even an upgraded ad-free version of the site.
  18. @eric
    It would be nice for you to provide a Bitcoin address that isn't linked to a payment amount. What you offer is bundled w/ a price so it's not easy to copy and paste your bitcoin address into a web wallet or exchange. Also, you might offer a different range of contributions (which currently start at $171--0.05 Bitcoin).

    Thanks. Could you provide some suggestions of websites to use? My priority is that they be completely transparent and that I personally don’t ever hold bitcoins and thus don’t set off complex capital gains tax implications that could get me audited. The SPLC has sniffed around my taxes, and so I try to be extremely scrupulous about my taxes, especially about holding Bitcoins, which is likely an audit red-flag for an unpopular person.

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    • Replies: @eric
    Currently, when you right-click the address, it copies the whole hyperlink, so one has to amend the copied text to adjust the amount. The address is the same for all the suggested amounts. By putting in just the 'naked' public address, someone can grab it, paste, and customize their amounts if they don't like your menu of choices.

    For example, with 1.0 BTC, the copied address (and scanned QR code) generates this:
    bitcoin:1HQdoepVraFAPrPJbb5C5fGNQ4RWzcPxSf?amount=1.00&r=https://www.coinbase.com/r/598ce3960429160099b367fd

    While 2.0 donation ($6.6k!) looks like this:
    bitcoin:1HQdoepVraFAPrPJbb5C5fGNQ4RWzcPxSf?amount=2.00&r=https://www.coinbase.com/r/598ce3960429160099b367fd

    Both go to the same address, which is 1HQdoepVraFAPrPJbb5C5fGNQ4RWzcPxSf, which presumably you got by going to Coinbase, accounts, clicking on 'Receive' (which you then amended by going over to bitping.org and customizing it to add the extra info).

    Coinbase will frequently change your public address, so if someone tries to link your public address to your Coinbase, theoretically they could subpoena Coinbase and get a list of all your bitcoin addresses (found at https://www.coinbase.com/addresses), and then see if they matched all the BTC addresses listed on your site. Posting the one address, versus the address w/ amount, doesn't affect that possibility (all use the same address).
    , @eric
    Also, note every time you log out of Coinbase and back in, you will see a new address when you click on 'receive'. That's just standard 'wallet management,' nothing sneaky. The old ones still work, and all will be in your Coinbase address history if used.

    Cryptocurrency aficionados are very male dominated, btw.

  19. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Lot
    Not if you send cash with a fake return address. Plus you can make up an obscure joke name.

    Plus you can make up an obscure joke name.

    Jokeths are really funny!

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  20. @Jim Don Bob
    If you want anonymity, go buy a prepaid Visa card, tape it between two pieces of cardboard so that it's not obvious what it is, and mail it to Steve. No identity, no tax, perfect.

    I will gladly accept prepaid gift cards, which are excellent for donor’s anonymity, but, dear Heidi Beirich of the SPLC, I write them down and report them as income to the IRS.

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  21. @Anonymous
    Nice try, but Steve was audited back in the bad-old Obama days. IIRC it turned out the IRS owed him, but a hassle nonetheless. The folks that can't actually win arguments against him seek other ways to squelch his efforts.

    I’ve never been audited, but I did get hassled by letters in a couple of years over mistakes made by the IRS rather than by me.

    It may not have had anything to do with the SPLC calling me up to inquire about my tax status ten or 12 years ago.

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  22. Lot says:
    @BORRIS
    Does that mean Steve should not be paying tax on these donations?

    It is a slightly grey area, but I personally think he should NOT be paying taxes on reader gifts that (1) are below the gift tax limit and (2) do not result in a tax deduction for the giver.

    I would also bet that 95% of reader-supported bloggers do not declare donations as income. Andrew Sullivan for a while was getting so many donations he hired multiple assistants. In that case, especially because givers received a “premium” version of the site, it could be argued he worked to provide a service.

    For iSteve, the gifts are completely gratuitous, there is not even an upgraded ad-free version of the site.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    Here is a contrary opinion from 2005, saying that blogger "tips" are likely taxable income just like tips given to waiters and blackjack dealers.

    http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2005/02/tax_treatment_o_1.html

    However, a fully retired blogger for fun does not receive anything like "tips" which are money received in the course of working for wages.

    In Steve's case, I think he receives a small Unz Review salary, so in that way our donations may be closer to taxable tips than if he were fully retired.
  23. Lot says:
    @Lot
    It is a slightly grey area, but I personally think he should NOT be paying taxes on reader gifts that (1) are below the gift tax limit and (2) do not result in a tax deduction for the giver.

    I would also bet that 95% of reader-supported bloggers do not declare donations as income. Andrew Sullivan for a while was getting so many donations he hired multiple assistants. In that case, especially because givers received a "premium" version of the site, it could be argued he worked to provide a service.

    For iSteve, the gifts are completely gratuitous, there is not even an upgraded ad-free version of the site.

    Here is a contrary opinion from 2005, saying that blogger “tips” are likely taxable income just like tips given to waiters and blackjack dealers.

    http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2005/02/tax_treatment_o_1.html

    However, a fully retired blogger for fun does not receive anything like “tips” which are money received in the course of working for wages.

    In Steve’s case, I think he receives a small Unz Review salary, so in that way our donations may be closer to taxable tips than if he were fully retired.

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  24. eric says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Thanks. Could you provide some suggestions of websites to use? My priority is that they be completely transparent and that I personally don't ever hold bitcoins and thus don't set off complex capital gains tax implications that could get me audited. The SPLC has sniffed around my taxes, and so I try to be extremely scrupulous about my taxes, especially about holding Bitcoins, which is likely an audit red-flag for an unpopular person.

    Currently, when you right-click the address, it copies the whole hyperlink, so one has to amend the copied text to adjust the amount. The address is the same for all the suggested amounts. By putting in just the ‘naked’ public address, someone can grab it, paste, and customize their amounts if they don’t like your menu of choices.

    For example, with 1.0 BTC, the copied address (and scanned QR code) generates this:
    bitcoin:1HQdoepVraFAPrPJbb5C5fGNQ4RWzcPxSf?amount=1.00&r=https://www.coinbase.com/r/598ce3960429160099b367fd

    While 2.0 donation ($6.6k!) looks like this:
    bitcoin:1HQdoepVraFAPrPJbb5C5fGNQ4RWzcPxSf?amount=2.00&r=https://www.coinbase.com/r/598ce3960429160099b367fd

    Both go to the same address, which is 1HQdoepVraFAPrPJbb5C5fGNQ4RWzcPxSf, which presumably you got by going to Coinbase, accounts, clicking on ‘Receive’ (which you then amended by going over to bitping.org and customizing it to add the extra info).

    Coinbase will frequently change your public address, so if someone tries to link your public address to your Coinbase, theoretically they could subpoena Coinbase and get a list of all your bitcoin addresses (found at https://www.coinbase.com/addresses), and then see if they matched all the BTC addresses listed on your site. Posting the one address, versus the address w/ amount, doesn’t affect that possibility (all use the same address).

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  25. eric says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Thanks. Could you provide some suggestions of websites to use? My priority is that they be completely transparent and that I personally don't ever hold bitcoins and thus don't set off complex capital gains tax implications that could get me audited. The SPLC has sniffed around my taxes, and so I try to be extremely scrupulous about my taxes, especially about holding Bitcoins, which is likely an audit red-flag for an unpopular person.

    Also, note every time you log out of Coinbase and back in, you will see a new address when you click on ‘receive’. That’s just standard ‘wallet management,’ nothing sneaky. The old ones still work, and all will be in your Coinbase address history if used.

    Cryptocurrency aficionados are very male dominated, btw.

    Read More
  26. @Eustace Tilley (not)
    As Mariner stopping the guest,
    So Sailer now makes a request:
    "I've defied the diverse.
    If you'll open your purse,
    I'll continue to give you my best."

    As Mariner stopping the guest,
    So Sailer now makes a request:
    “I’ve defied the diverse.
    If you’ll open your purse,
    I’ll continue to give you my best.”

    He he. You obviously know what you’re doing, Eustace.

    Read More
  27. Is that Steve in the photo? Not enough pixels to tell.

    Enhance 224 to 176.
    Enhance. Stop.
    Pull out, track left. Stop.
    Center and pull back …

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