Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 25, 1987 · Page 5
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25,1987- 5 Deadline looms to adjust tax withholding aw . > ^^^^ By JIM LUTHER AP TH Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a week before the deadline, millions of American workers have yet to file a new Form W-4 to adjust their tax withholding to conform with the overhauled federal tax code. Under the law, enacted a year ago, workers must file a new W-4 with their employers before Oct 1. Those who fail to comply could find their take-home pay sharply reduced. The Internal Revenue Service, updating a survey completed by the Roper polling organization in late July, estimates that about 80 percent of workers have filed withholding forms this year. Since the agency was expecting about 94 million to file, that means about 18 million have not. "It's late, but there is still time to adjust your paycheck," IRS spokeswoman Johnelle Hunter said Thursday. "It might be a good idea, even if you have filed a form earlier this year, to make the calculations again and, if necessary, file a new form to bring withholding in line with liability." The new withholding forms are necessary because the 1986 tax overhaul made many changes in basic tax provisions that affect many people. Ort the plus side, tax rates have been cut significantly for most Americans. Standard deductions have been raised sharply, the personal exemption has been almost doubled, to $1,900. On the other hand, the law repealed a special deduction for two-earner couples, affec 1 ting 50 million people. More than 36 mill on couples and individuals deducted their state and local sales taxes last year; that deduction, too, has been wiped out Similarly, about 7 million couples and individuals have lost all or part of their Individual Retirement Account deduction because of the new law. The 8 million people who received unemployment compensation in 1987 will be taxed fully on that money for the first time. Deductions for interest on credit cards and other consumer borrowing have been slashed, affecting abput 27 million filers; cuts in medical deductions will affect more than 11 million and about 33 million have lost pan of their miscellaneous deductions. Those changes have been affecting the tax liabilities of American workers since last Ian. 1. There is a good chance that any worker whose withholding has not been adjusted 'to reflect the same changes is having too little or too much withheld from each paycheck. Those who neglect to file a W-4 this year will not be hit with a big fine or jail sentence. But, depending on their circumstances, they could face a big increase in withholding on Oct. 1 or owe the government a lot of money — plus a penalty — when they file their tax returns next year. Under the new law: —A single person who does not file a new W-4 by the deadline will be given no more than one withholding allowance. ANN LANDERS A mom's cry for help Dear Ann Landers: My husband is a career Navy man. He has over 15 years of service. We've been married, quite happily, for 11 years and have three children, 10,7 and 5. They are uncontrollable monsters for me, but nothing short of angelic for their dad. This drives me crazy and makes me feel that I am a total failure as a mother. I am not fond of, nor do I fit in with, the Navy. When his last enlistment expired, I begged and pleaded with my husband to get out so we could live a normal life. Since the Navy is all he has ever known, he was afraid to risk it I felt that I had lost again. Recently, his ship left for a sudden deployment to the Persian Gulf. As I'm sure you are aware, the potential there for hostilities is great I simply can't manage the kids. No matter how hard I try, they make my life hell. Night after night I think of ways to kill myself. I guess that to most civilians, six months doesn't seem like a long time, but to a person like me, whose husband is lover, best friend and confidant, six months is an eternity. After the children are asleep, I sit with a gun in my lap, wonder if I will ever find the nerve to blow my brains out and end the loneliness and pain. If anything happens to my husband in the Gulf, I hope the whole world gets nuked. I was taking an antidepressant/ anti-anxiety drug for four months earlier this year, but it did not help much. I've always had the fear that something was going to happen to ruin the only good thing in my life. I don't know whether I will be alive when you get this, but please, Ann, even if for a brief second, think about me and other women who might be in the same boat. — Daisy in Va. Dear Daisy: IF ever I read a letter that sounded like a cry for help, it is yours. I urge you to lose no time in getting to another doctor. Apparently the medication prescribed by Doctor No. 1 didn't do much good, but it is foolish to assume that you are not treatable. You must also understand what a terrible blow it would be to your young children if they were suddenly left motherless. In addition to medication, you need to talk to a therapist about your poor relationship with your children and your crippling dependency on your husband. Write to me when you read this in the paper and tell me you're following through. Dear Ann Landers: Your column is one thing I look forward to reading every day, no matter how busy I am. There have been several articles about "God bless you" after a sneeze and I would like to ask a question, if I may. I am 84 years young. Whenever I have sex (which is once a week), I sneeze at least seven times. This has been going on for three or four years. I enjoy good health and have neV- er been able to ask my doctor about it. Have you ever heard of anything like this before? What could the explanation be? — A Reader in San Francisco Dear Reader: I have no way of knowing if you are a male or. a female, and it really doesn't make a great deal of difference. There's a good chance that you have,a slight sensitivity to his after-shave lotion or her cologne. I hope the sneezing lasts another 15 years. If you continue to enjoy good health, there's no reason it shouldn't Age is only a number. ASTROLOGY By Sidney Omar Pisces, finish what you start For Saturday. Sept 26,1M7 ARIES (March 21-AprH 19): A "Wind data* or Mcret meeting will lead to something important Fooua on clandestine airangementi, mystery, intfgue. demonstrations of extrasensory perception. Discovery, romance, excitement are featured. TAURUS (Aprl 20-May 20): Emphasis on commitment, power, authority, legal forms, marital status. Law is on your side, Justice will prevail, you'll emerge victorious, perhaps more affluent Cancer, Capricorn persons play top roles. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your -pro- ducf will be prominently displayed — you'll reach more people, sales will increase, prestige could soar. Lunar emphasis on employment, dependents, innovative procedures. CANCER (June 21>luly 22): Focus on sensuality, celebration, holiday spirit, ability to get to heart of matters. Stress style, design, creative endeavors. Young person plays key role, could become valuable ally. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Uranus 'plays tricks* — you're pulled in two directions. Trust intuition, perceive potential, evaluate worth of property. Unorthodox tactics could create furor — protect self in dose Quarters. MrlRGO (Aug- 23-Sept 22): Examine various avenues of expression — numerous opportunities exist toy* to choose qualiiycombined with reality. Message wiN become crystal dear. Relative per- sists In acting "strangely." UBRA (Sept. 23-Oct 22): You are on solid ground in connection with financial dispute. You'll be paid despite argument. Imprint style, hold fast to principles, heed counsel of young person. Taurus, Scorpio natives play roles. SCORPIO (Oct. 23;Nov. 21): Moon in your sign accents individuality, charisma, appearance, wardrobe, ability to transform apparent defeat into victory. Communication received from .relative or lover* in transit. Virgo is in picture. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-D«c. 21 Domestic adjustment featured, secret revealed, visit hospital to fulfill obligation. You'll understand before day is finished. Attention centers around your efforts, talents. Check Libra. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Define terms, realize you have "hidden allies." Focus on speculation, popularity, ability to win friends and persuade important people. Short trip may be necessary if mission is to be completed. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-F«b. 18): Study Taurus message for valuable hint. Emphasis on political views, unique organization, prestige, unusual invitation. Relationship intensifies, so do responsibilities. You will meet important deadline. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Saturn and Uranus seem "determined > to currently guide your destiny. Key is to finish what you start, to let go of erratic, losing proposition. Final victory will be your very own. Plan for journey. Feds printing 45M AIDS brochures WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reagan administration is disregarding a congressional admonition to mail AIDS information to every American household and instead will distribute as many as 45 million copies of a brochure through private and public outlets. Word that the eight-page pamphlet will be distributed next week surfaced late Thursday on the heels of criticism in Congress that the administration had failed to prepare I national mailer along the lines of what has been done in Britain. "Thi* doesn't fit the bill of making sure every household gets information, which I think is the goal we need to work toward," said Ann E. McFarren, executive director of the private AIDS Action Council. "I don't believe Congress is going to be pleased with this at all," added McFarren, whose group lobbies on behalf of some 300 other AIDS organizations and treatment providers. Campbell Garden, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said 25 million copies of the brochure will be available for distribution Sept. 30 in conjunction with AIDS Awareness and Prevention Month in October. , Plans are to funnel the pamphlet through state and local health departments, community-based organizations and large employers, Gardeu said. .._ Garden said an additional 2 million copies of the brochure will he available for Defense Department personnel in the United States and "abroad. FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY enney Pear Tree Center, Ukian eis»7.j.c. p.™ <*..!«. STORE HOURS: Monday-Friday 9:30 i.m,*00 p.m. Saturday f:3pa.m.4t»0,m. Odp.r

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