Now is the time to get your tax info ready for filing

first_imgMASON CITY — You still have weeks before you need to file your federal tax returns — but an IRS spokesman says now is the time to be sure you have all the paperwork ready.Chris Miller says organize the 2019 tax documents you already have and add to them as the other year end information comes in.“Gather up your canceled checks, your property tax bills, any forms you get from your employer or your bank — like W-2’s and 10-99’s — and put those in one place,” Miller says. “Make sure they are altogether, so when it comes to file your taxes into the new year, you’ll have it all in one place. You won’t need to go looking for any paperwork.”He says it’s also a good idea to get a copy of your 2018 income tax filing as you may need it to file this year. “For example, anyone using a tax software product for the first time may need to use their adjusted gross income — their AGI — from last year’s tax return to file their 2019 return electronically,” Miller says.Miller says by having everything together, you will know what you have and don’t have for tax filing. Another suggestion for the start of 2020 is that you be sure your withholding from you paycheck is correct. Miller says if you get a bigger refund than expected — or got back less than expected — it’s a sign your withholding is not right. “Then you’re going to want to be someone who checks their withholding as quickly as possible in the new year to be sure that the amount that’s being withheld from your paycheck by your employer is correct for your situation,” according to Miller.He says you can check it online. “It’s called the withholding estimators. It’s a lot more improved than earlier versions — and you simply put in some information like your filing status and how much you earn — and you’ll be able to find out whether or not the amount you withhold is correct for your situation,” Miller says.He says you may’ve been happy with the withholding last year — but have had things happen in your life that impact your tax status. “Checking your withholding is always a really good idea — especially if you have had a change in your life situation,” Miller explains. “If you have gotten married, or divorced, or had a baby or adopted children. These are some of the reasons you would want to check your withholding to be sure the right amount is being withheld for your situation.”Miller says you can go to the IRS website and use the withholding tool to see if those life changes require a withholding change.last_img read more

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$18M infirmary, outpatient clinic built at Palms Geriatric Home

first_imgIn an effort to improve the services provided to residents of the Palms Geriatric Home and by reducing referrals of these patients to the Georgetown Public Hospital, the facility has now been furnished with an $18M infirmary and outpatient clinic, along with equipment and furnishing.The official commission of this new facility took place on Monday with Social Protection Minister Amna Ally declaring that the project is part of the Government’s efforts to ensure that the country’s seniors receive the best possible care whilst at the public institution.The observation ward in the infirmary, at the Palms Geriatric Home“We cannot bypass our elderly, and every day we look at the improvement of the services that we can provide for our elderly at the Palms and today, this is a manifestation to show that we really do care,” she said while acknowledging that there was a dire need for this to be included in the services provided.The Minister urged warned staffers against the mistreatment of the residents of the facility. “One day we are going to get old and we would not like when we get old to be mistreated and so, like our elders we would also like to ensure that we are given the best treatment,” she also added.It was also explained by Director of Social Services, Wentworth Tanner that the ward will cater specifically for those persons with communicable diseases. This is to ensure that they are quarantined.“We took a lot of things into consideration here, in the infectious ward there are special bath rails, special bath stools, to ensure that the best possible care can be provided here”“Many times there are cases when persons come back from the hospital, they are not yet at a place where we feel comfortable taking them back to the general ward, so we can bring them here for observation and complete their recovery before we send them to the ward and they’re also cases that aren’t serious enough to send them to the Georgetown hospital so we can deal with it in-house so we are going to bring those people down here for observation and continued care,” Tanner continued.Some of the most common infections there are lung related. There are also cases of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases which comes with age. He said prior to the establishment of the facilities, there is an in-house doctor who visits the ward at least once per week.The infirmary is now equipped with an infectious ward, a doctor’s office and an observation ward with six beds. The outpatient clinic has a waiting area, a doctor’s office, and a dispensary.The project, which was conceptualised in 2016, will see a reduction in the number of referrals to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).There will be two medical doctors on call 24 hours per every day, along with three nurses per shift, to attend to those persons with communicable diseases, thereby improving ward visits.The facility houses approximately 200 residents.last_img read more

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