MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’One tweeted: “VAR too scared to overrule the on field refs all weekend.”They might as well not bother, the Chelsea and United games yesterday were a joke and now a rugby tackle on Kane is fine too?”Another added: “VAR has had a shocker today. Two definite penalties not given. Lascelles with a blatant rugby tackle to Kane.”LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool vs Arsenal, City and Spurs scores this weekend and win £100Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City could face Champions League ‘group of death’ in next Thursday’s draw TOTTENHAM star Harry Kane was not awarded a penalty against Newcastle through VAR because the decision was “subjective”.The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) claimed there was not enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision.1 Harry Kane did not see his penalty given by VAR as it was ‘subjective’Credit: GettyKane was brought down in the area by Jamaal Lascelles, with referee Mike Dean refusing to point to the spot in Newcastle’s 1-0 win.The England star, 25, was sent through on goal by Giovani Lo Celso with just 13 minutes to play.Both Kane and Lascelles got into a tangle, with the Toon defender appearing to lose his footing and dragging the Spurs striker down with him.But Dean refused to award the spot-kick, with a PGMOL statement later reading: “It was considered not to be a penalty by the on-field referee.VAR-D TIMES”As this was a subjective decision, the VAR deemed that there was not enough evidence to overturn the original call.”And so [they] stuck with the on-field decision.”Newcastle record-buy Joelinton had given his side the lead in North London after just 27 minutes – with the visitors just about clinging on despite their meagre 20 per cent possession.Despite Tottenham’s abject performance, fans instead directed their anger towards match official Dean and VAR.DRAW DRAMACHELSEA, Liverpool and Man City are more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in the Champions League than any other team.And it’s bad news for Spurs (unless you fancy their chances against Barcelona).Read more about the upcoming draw here.
For most of us, tax time is like the holidays.It’s a magical time of year when a jolly IRS employee in an ironed dress shirt and pressed slacks issues all of us taxpayers on the “nice” list a big fat check, courtesy of the federal government.For most of us, it’s a small windfall.But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you get that money, or what it means?To understand the concept of a tax refund, you need to understand how income tax works.WithholdingRemember that W-4 form you fill out when you start a job? Not ringing a bell?Well, you most likely did or else your human resources and payroll departments would have a panic attack.The W-4 is basically a calculator that is used to determine how much of your paycheck should be set aside to pay your income taxes at the end of the year.Life is complicated. Taxes are even more so.How much is withheld is affected by things like your marital status, how many kids you have and your eligibility for certain tax credits.Based on the number of “exemptions” you claim, your employer sets aside more or less of your paycheck.The fewer exemptions, the more they take. You’re essentially pre-paying your taxes.But it’s not an exact amount, it’s an estimate. Things could change and your tax liability could go up or down.ReturnYou fill out your tax return every year to declare your income and figure out what your final liability is to the federal government.This is where you claim all of your deductions and credits with the aim of getting your taxable income down to the smallest amount legally possible.The reason we get money back is because we overpaid the government. That’s why it’s called a refund and not a surprise or a present.That refund is essentially a 0% interest loan that we gave the Treasury. But it doesn’t have to be like that; you have a choice.Big Refund, Smaller PaycheckThe best way to maximize the size of your refund is to claim few, or zero, exemptions on your W-4 form.You technically don’t have to claim any, even if you’re entitled to them. That just means you’ll get a smaller paycheck, but a windfall (hopefully) when you file your tax return.This is the way to go if you rely on that money each year to make big purchases, put in savings or pay off some debt.But remember, you’re lending the government money at no interest.Bigger Paycheck, Smaller (or No) RefundIf you get a tax refund every year, you might be able to spread that out over your paychecks.To do this, claim the maximum number of exemptions you’re entitled to on your W-4.This means your company’s payroll department will set aside the least amount of tax possible, depending on your circumstances.You’ll get more in your paycheck, but a smaller, or no, refund.Be careful though, your tax liability could be affected by any number of factors and if you haven’t had enough taken out of your paychecks, you could end up owing the government.Then it’s you who’ll have received that 0% interest loan, not Uncle Sam.If you’re looking to make a change, it’s not a bad idea to consult your accountant or financial planner before you submit a new W-4. There are lots of factors to consider.Also, Turbo Tax has a number of cool (and free) tools to help you make sense of withholding and help you estimate what you might get back or owe.Which path you choose depends on your financial personality type and your budgeting preferences. Do you have questions about how Obamacare is going to affect your taxes this year? TurboTax has a community dedicated to the Affordable Care Act. Get your questions answered here.“Are You Giving the Government an Interest-Free Loan?” was provided by QuickenLoans.com.Also from QuickenLoans:6 Tips for a Positive Craigslist TransactionBuilding an Energy-Efficient Home from the Ground UpWho Will Be the New Head of the Federal Reserve? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigation
WHAT’S THE STORY?1. HOPING your county makes it to the All-Ireland hurling or football final? As TheJournal.ie broke recently, the trains may be completely off those days – and now Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe is hanging back from intervening in the potential strike. Source: GAAbanter.ie2. OH Lordy. “Weak” economic data from Germany, France and Italy has frightened economists everywhere this morning. This is the graph that has them all freaking out. (Should we panic yet?) Catch up on all of today’s top news> Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Source: Aoife Barry/Twitter 3. THE tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri – where an unarmed black teenage boy was shot dead by police at the weekend – continues to simmer. Tear gas and smoke bombs were fired on protestors who threw Molotov cocktails overnight, and reporters were put in jail. Source: Jeff Roberson/AP/Press Association Images4. TWO of the three people who went missing with their yacht in west Cork last night have been found safe after swimming ashore to Long Island, off the coast from Schull. Sadly, the third person on the boat died and their body has now been recovered. Source: GoogleMaps5. THE emergency department at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had to be closed for hours this morning after a patient blocked themselves into a room and set a mattress and curtains on fire. Source: stock emergency room via Shutterstock6. IF you’re in Dublin and heading out for lunch, keep an eye out for some of the gorgeous street art tributes popping up to actor Robin Williams… Source: I’m from Ireland but more importantly I’m from Dublin via Facebook7. NO, the new minister for the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has not started Irish lessons yet, okay? New Arts Minister Heather Humphreys asks the next generation about literacy… https://t.co/YRNjwZHR05— Aoife Barry (@sweetoblivion26) August 14, 2014 Q2 #GDP in the #euro area so far, signalling 0.0-0.1% growth in the currency union. Italy and Germany drop to bottom pic.twitter.com/oes5aGNAiV— IHS Markit PMI™ (@IHSMarkitPMI) August 14, 2014 Hello there. You’re looking well pic.twitter.com/46GRpr21x4— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) August 14, 2014 Source: Markit Economics/Twitter Bonus lunchtime treat: Have you seen our new TheJournal.ie Politics Twitter account? Get yourself over here…
Stephanie Holt can relate to the Vancouver 16-year-old twins allegedly tortured and beaten by their parents. She was a frightened 9-year-old when she was taken from her mother. It was the dead of winter in Helena, Mont. Dressed in just a tattered yellow summer dress and boy’s underpants, she was picked up from a child welfare office by her Aunt Karen.She was shivering and blue. You could count her ribs.“She didn’t really know how to be a little girl,” her aunt, Karen Sherrill, recalled.Holt had spent years imprisoned in her bedroom without food by an alcoholic mother. Her life revolved around trying to scrounge anything to eat, even toilet paper or dog food. She and her siblings would pillage food out of garbage cans. Their mother’s wrath would come next, she remembered. If they were caught stealing food, her mom or mom’s boyfriend would beat them with a belt.Holt said she spent years feeling like that little scared girl. But through years of therapy and help from friends, Holt said she’s now seeing life in a different way.