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NCAA: Lyceum pounces on error prone Letran to stay hot

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–Lyceum made Letran pay for its shortcomings by hacking out a 97-90 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kyle Kuzma not ready to practice with Lakers due to foot injury Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LETRAN 90—Reyson 20, Muyang 16, Ular 14, Caralipio 8, Batiller 7, Ambohot 7, Balanza 6, Olivario 4, Javillonar 4, Mina 3, Yu 1, Pambid 0.Quarters: 23-20, 40-44, 71-66, 97-90 LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Starring Mike Nzeusseu, JC Marcelino and Reymar Caduyac, the Pirates capitalized on the maze of errors that the Knights committed all game long before holding off their rivals with crucial stops in the end.Jaycee Marcelino scored 20 of his career-high 25 points in the second half and the steady Caduyac added a season-high 20 markers as the Pirates won their fourth straight in the second round and moved three games away from a sure trip to the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4After a couple of bridesmaid finishes the past two seasons, the Pirates seemed bound for another championship appearance as they improved to 10-3 while pulling down the Knights to their fifth defeat in 14 games.LYCEUM 97—Jc. Marcelino 25, Caduyac 20, Nzeusseu 16, Ibanez 12, David 11, Tansingco 4, Pretta 3, Jv. Marcelino 2, Valdez 2, Guinto 2, Santos 0, Navarro 0.last_img read more

Good Friday

first_imgA Christians around the world, inclusive of Christians in Guyana, will today be observing Good Friday. Christians on this day commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary by observing a really quiet and solemn celebration as they reflect on his suffering and death on the Cross. It is a commemoration to remind Christians that innocent Jesus suffered brutally at the hands of the worldly authorities.In Guyana, we live in a multireligious, multi-ethnic society in which, to a great extent, we co-exist peacefully, unlike many other countries in the world with a similar culture. For many countries, the conflict over religious co-existence has been unsolved for years and has led to much violence and suffering for the peoples of those nations.For us here in Guyana, we experienced a disturbing event a few weeks ago when a pastor from Faithful Word Baptist Church (FWBC) went into several public schools purporting to be preaching the Word of God, but rather unleashed a venomous attack on Hinduism beliefs.According to the Southern Poverty Law Center website, the FWBC, which is based in Arizona, United States, is classified as a fundamentalist group with a history of hate speech that has seen it being banned from entry in at least three different countries.The American hate speech watchdog group has listed the church as a hate group. Having been listed as a hate group that spreads hate speech, it is disappointing that such a group made its way into our public school system – where our children in this multireligious society converge – without the knowledge of the Education Ministry and more so the Government. According to media reports, it was after a very vigilant member of society wrote a letter to the editor in the local press that this issue was brought to the fore.The Education Ministry itself has admitted that it had no previous knowledge of the school visits by FWBC, nor did it in any way facilitate the visits. It also stated that the FWBC took advantage of a lack of familiarity with regard “to documented external visitor policy and the misplaced goodwill of administrative staff on what they believed to be an innocuous intervention, as well as a general ignorance of the church’s reputation”. To its credit, permission was granted via the individual school administrations without knowledge of the Education Ministry.In this instance, it appears that it was a one-off event in three schools, but it was a dangerous one that is downright alarming. Religious conflict as we have witnessed in other parts of the world has brought nations to their knees.It is a conflict that will remain as a burning issue unfortunately for many more years to come. Here in Guyana, religious leaders – whether Christian, Hindu, Muslim – teach about the enormous positive role religion has played in the lives of many. Guyanese society as a whole celebrates each other’s religious activities. This is evident at Christmas, Phagwah, Easter, Youman Nabi, Diwali and Eid.As we observe the Easter celebrations with the Christian community, let us as a nation be ever vigilant of those who seek to destroy the fabric of our multicultural, multi-ethnic, multireligious society.Happy Easter to all our readers!last_img read more

Rodgers hails impact of fit-again Liverpool star

first_img1 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed the impact of Daniel Sturridge’s return after the striker scored in the Reds’ 2-1 win at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fifth round.Sturridge’s volley four minutes into the second half cancelled out Fraizer Campbell’s opener before Adam Lallana completed the turnaround to book Liverpool’s place in the quarter-finals.The 25-year-old’s seas has been hampered with injury, having spent five months on the sidelines with calf and thigh problems, but Rodgers’ believes the England forward is beginning to find form at just the right time.“He’s working his way back, it’s just about extending his game time,” Rodgers said.“I’ve got to do that because you risk re-injuring him and that’s something we can’t afford.“You can see his qualities – his speed, his touch and he doesn’t need too many chances to score.“He should have had a penalty today, it looked a clear penalty, he looks really bright.“The team is functioning at a high level at the moment and him coming back gives us a big boost in this part of the season.”Sturridge looked more threatening in the second period when he was joined in attack by Mario Balotelli, who came on as a substitute at half-time.Balotelli scored the winner as Liverpool beat Tottenham 3-2 on Tuesday and it was the forward’s driven free-kick that led to Lallana converting the rebound just before the hour.“He’s training well now and he’s starting to really work and focus on his job and the team,” Rodgers said, who also insisted “the penny has dropped” with the striker.“The other night he came on and got the winner and did very well, and I thought he came on and did very well today.“He showed good strength and power to win the free-kick and then a terrific strike forces the keeper to make a save and Adam puts in the finish.”Rodgers has preferred to use a lone striker so far this season but he admits playing Sturridge and Balotelli together is an attractive option.“We played a diamond earlier in the season and those two played together and did very well,” Rodgers said.“We’ve shifted the system from the last time we were here but certainly when the two of them up are up there, they’re a threat.“They’re both talented players so they can function in whatever system they’re in.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Danny Murphy: ‘Give me the Fulham job, I’ll get them promoted!’

first_imgFormer Fulham captain Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT he would be open to becoming the Cottagers’ new manager on a temporary basis, but admits the club are targeting a more experienced coach.The struggling side are still searching for their next boss following their decision to sack Kit Symons in November, and have not won a game since his departure.Fulham currently sit 13th in the Championship table, six points off the play-off places but also just seven points clear of the bottom three.They have been frustrated in their hunt for a new manager, with a number of their top targets turning down the chance to take over at Craven Cottage, including Reading boss Steve Clark and Birmingham coach Gary Rowett.Murphy, who was chosen to be on a five-man panel which selected Symons ahead of his appointment, says it’s a situation which must be resolved soon, but believes the club should continue to wait to land a top name who can help take Fulham forward.In the meantime the ex-midfielder has put himself forward for the job, though he concedes it’s unlikely to happen.“They could just give it to me, I’ll get them promoted,” Murphy joked, speaking on the Colin Murray show.Then, asked if he seriously would take the job if he was contacted by the club, he replied: “Yeah I would but it’s not going to happen, for a few different reasons which we haven’t got time or the desire to talk about.“They wouldn’t ask. I would fancy it but it’s irrelevant, because it’s not going to happen.”Asked if was ever considered for the role, the former England international clarified: “Not to my knowledge.“My understanding of it is this; when they made the choice to get rid of Kit, they wanted to get someone in who is experienced, tried and trusted in the Championship, which makes sense.“To do that you’ve got to be able to entice someone there who has those credentials, but they’ve struggled with that and the people they went for, who I thought were good candidates, didn’t end up going.“I’d like to see Fulham go with their first instinct, put the money out there and keep trying to get in a bigger name who is tried and trusted, but the problem then is, can you keep waiting for someone to say yes?“I thought Brendan Rodgers would have been a perfect manager for Fulham, but I don’t think he would take that step down. He’ll go on to bigger and better things and that’s out of their depth.“There were links with Steve Bruce but he’s flying high with Hull and I’m not sure he was interested.“It’s a dilemma because Fulham are teetering on competing for the play-offs or dropping into that horrible zone just above relegation. They’ve got some big games coming up so the sooner they get it resolved the better and I just hope they do because at the moment the fans aren’t happy.”last_img read more

BACK LIVING WITH YOUR PARENTS? RTE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR DOCUMENTARY

first_imgRTE is preparing a documentary that concerns people with children who have moved back in with their parents in Co Donegal.They are hoping to focus on a number of different stories concerning people with children, who are back living with their parents, and the various reasons why this has come about.It might be a financial reason, it might be a lifestyle choice or it could be any other reason. They will be looking at this from both the parent’s and the (adult) children’s perspective. If there is anyone out there who may fit this profile and is interested in talking to the RTE research team about their situation please contact David O’Sullivan by email at david.osullivan@rte.ie or by phone at (01) 208 2723. BACK LIVING WITH YOUR PARENTS? RTE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR DOCUMENTARY was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BACK LIVING WITH YOUR PARENTS? RTE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR DOCUMENTARYlast_img read more

2 accused of assaulting older golfer

first_imgSAN JOSE – Two Sunnyvale men face federal assault charges after an alleged attack on a 61-year-old golfer who said they were playing too slowly and asked at the 13th hole if he and his friends could pass them. Brothers Ryan Maxwell Alexander, 21, and Charles Talmage Alexander, 20, are accused of attacking Edwin J. League on Sept. 18 at the NASA Golf Course at Moffett Field. The brothers each face one count of assault causing serious bodily injury. League told authorities the brothers and their friend were not very good at golf and were forcing him and his friends to wait at every hole. At the 13th hole, League asked three times if they could play through and Ryan Alexander finally responded, “I guess so,” then watched League tee off, criticized his shot and used profane language, according to the complaint filed Monday in federal court in San Jose. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’League and his friends decided to continue to the next hole, passing the Alexanders’ golf cart along the way. League said he heard Ryan Alexander say something ending with the word “gramps.” “Son, we are just trying to play through,” League said in response. The brothers then beat League, leaving him on the ground, curled up in a fetal position. He had a bloody head, swollen cheek and broken nose, according to court documents. It was unclear whether the brothers had lawyers. No phone numbers for them could immediately be found. A hearing was set for Nov. 9.last_img read more

McClaren sacked as QPR boss after less than 11 months in charge

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice QPR boss Steve McClaren has been axed by QPR after less than a year in charge Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Chairman Amit Bhatia said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Steve for his hard work during his time with us, and wish him well for the future.“I would also like to thank our fans for their patience and unwavering support during what has been a very difficult run of results, at a time when the club faces well-documented challenges.“We must now work towards ending this season positively and building for the future.”John Eustace will take over first-team affairs in the interim period while QPR begin the search for a new permanent manager. tense Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update They have picked up just one league win since Boxing Day – against Leeds in February – with the worrying slump in form enough for QPR chiefs to call time on McClaren’s brief stint in west London.McClaren, 57, was appointed as Ian Holloway’s successor at the end of last season, his second spell at the club having spent a brief period on Harry Redknapp’s coaching staff in 2013.CEO Lee Hoos said: “Making a decision such as this is never easy, particularly when you are talking about someone as professional and dedicated as Steve.“We are grateful to him for all his efforts during his time with us. It is well documented that we are in a period of transition as we work hard to make the club financially stable. With that comes challenges, not least the cutting of the wage bill while aiming to remain competitive.“As we look to the future, and taking recent results into account, we feel now is the right time to re-evaluate where we are.” whoops Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury GAMES: 46WINS: 16DRAWS: 9LOST: 21WIN PERCENTAGE: 34.8% The former England boss was in danger of losing his job after just four games as Rangers made their worst start to a league campaign in their history.However, he then oversaw an impressive run which took them up to eighth in the table and on the cusp of the play-offs.Since the turn of the new year the west London side’s form has been nothing short of a disaster though, including a run of seven straight defeats.And with just a single league win in over three months, QPR chiefs ran out of patience with McClaren – deciding to end his reign at a board meeting on Monday with seven games left of the season. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 gameday cracker REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MOST READ IN FOOTBALL REVEALED BEST OF huge blow latest revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion McClaren looked to have turned the corner at Loftus Road, but their form has been a disaster since the turn of the new year Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 RANKED ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow STEVE McCLAREN’S QPR RECORD IN NUMBERS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Director of Football Les Ferdinand added: “Steve has worked incredibly hard during his time with us but as we start to make plans for next year we feel this change is necessary now, rather than wait until the end of the season, or risk having to make such a decision early in the new campaign.”talkSPORT has learned that club chiefs expected a lot more from McClaren, who was expected to deliver a more exciting brand of football to his predecessor and lead the R’s to a top-half finish – both of which he failed to deliver.That, combined with the club’s dreadful form over the last three months surprised the Rangers board, who thought they had turned a corner after a horror start to the season. LATEST Steve McClaren has been sacked as QPR manager, the club have confirmed.The Hoops lie 17th in the Championship after slumping to a woeful 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Bolton on Saturday, their 11th loss in 14 league games. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Full round-up of the latest activities from Raphoe

first_imgThere was another busy weekend of sport in East Donegal’s Raphoe. You can check out the full round-up belowRaphoe Family Resource Centre Clg. Raphoe Family Resource Centre provide Computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email. If you need any help on these areas, please call in to us or give us a call. If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503.ETB – Donegal Education & Training Board – Adult Guidance & Information Service.Would you like to find out more information about what courses are available in your area?Donegal Adult Guidance and Information Service offers impartial and confidential information, advice and guidance on the education and training options that are available to you. The aim of the service is to support you to make the right decisions about returning to education and training and to help you make those decisions within the context of your wider life.Some people return to education to explore hobbies or special interests. Others want to learn more so they can help their children with school work. Many want to develop new skills to improve their job prospects or develop a new career. Whatever your reason Donegal ETB’s Adult Guidance and Information Service is here to help.Where: Volt House The Diamond, Raphoe Demense, Co. DonegalWhen: Tuesday the 15th of January 2019 From 10am-1pm Raphoe Boxing ClubThe winners of the Clubs annual Christmas draw were as follows, 1st Prize, Oven Ready Turkey sponsored by Ciaran’s butcher’s was Veronica Mc Elhinney, Manorcunningham, 2nd Prize bottle of whiskey and Christmas cake sponsored by Christy O’Donnell was Orla Mc Gurn, Strabane, 3rd Prize bottle of vodka and tin of sweets sponsored by Gerard Keaveney was Sammy Whyte, Letterkenny and 4th prize was hairstyle voucher sponsored by Hair by Leonard was Conan Mc Crory, Ballindrait. A sincere thanks to everyone who supported this annual fundraising draw. The club is now re-opened after the Christmas break and next up for the club boxers will be the Donegal Open championships that will take place in Letterkenny Gym on Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th January when a total of 10 boxers from the local club will be entered for these championships. On Thursday 31st January the Raphoe team will travel to the Aston Villa Football Ground, Birmingham to take part in a major tournament on Friday 1st February in the Holte Suite. A party of 20 will make this trip, 15 boxers and 5 officials and more on this major event will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.Toddler Group Little Smiles with Big Dreams Toddler Group will meet every Thursday from 10.30am to 12noon in the Presbyterian Hall, Meetinghouse Street, Raphoe. Anyone who is in the care of a child-parent(s)/guardian/aunt/uncle/child-minder or grandparent is welcome. Toddler groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of similar age. A light snack is provided for the kids while adults can enjoy a wee cuppa and chat! Cost €2 per family.Craft class Our craft class meet every Tuesday morning from 10.00 – 12.00. Come along and have a go at crafting in a relaxed and friendly setting. New members welcome any time! Classes cost €3Helping Hands SchemeDo you live alone or are no longer in a position, due to age or disability, to carry out odd jobs? Raphoe Family Resource Centre, supported by DLDC Tus Scheme have a helping hands project were odd jobs can be carried out such as grass cutting, path clearing, tidy ups, painting etc. Only outdoor work is permitted. If you would like to find out more please give us a call on 0749145796/0873641503Women’s GroupRaphoe Family Resource Centre Women’s Group meet every second Monday at 8.00PM in the Volt House, Raphoe. Contact Laura for more info on 074 9145796. New members always welcome, come along and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with other women!50/50 Bonus BallThere was no winner of the bonus ball so the jackpot rolls over to this week! To enter the Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Raphoe Walking Group Raphoe Walking Group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC. Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!!Community BankerOur resident Community Banker Eve Curran will be available at the Volt House on Friday mornings from 10.30AM – 1.00PM for all your banking queries! The mobile bank will be available at the usual times.Seniors Alert SchemeRaphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme please contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.Slim R UsSlim R Us takes place every Tuesday at the Volt House from 5.40 – 6.40PM. €6.50 per session.Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Full round-up of the latest activities from Raphoe was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Sporteast DonegalRaphoelast_img read more

Steven Spielberg Would Like to See a Female Indiana Jones

first_imgBut Spielberg DOES expect the franchise to continue . . . and even though it might upset some fans, he’d like to see the character take on a “different form” . . . as in a FEMALE form. HARRISON FORD is turning 76 this year, and STEVEN SPIELBERG admits that the upcoming fifth “Indiana Jones” movie will probably be Harrison’s last. He says, quote, “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan.  And there’d be nothing wrong with that.” It doesn’t begin filming until next year, and it won’t come out until July of 2020 . . . just days before Harrison’s 78th birthday. TheRinger.com came up with a few actresses who’d be good as Indiana ‘Joan’ . . . including Saoirse Ronan, Gina Rodriguez, Carrie Coon from “The Leftovers”, and Zhang Ziyi from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.last_img read more

Get Independent: Tax Filing Tips for Millennials

first_imgAs Destiny’s Child sang in their 2001 album, “Survivor:” It ain’t easy being independent.For some adults, however, becoming independent from their parents can be more difficult for some than others.For example, yesterday the Wall Street Journal released an article about how more and more American parents are preparing tax returns for their grown children well into their 40s. And, apparently, these “adult children” won’t be doing their own taxes anytime soon.According to a study by H&R Block, 66 percent of millennials have no idea when taxes are due this year. Hint: they’re due like, right now.Preparing taxes is overwhelming, annoying, and just downright stressful. You have to file your taxes every year that you earn an income or else you’ll face severe fines – or worse, jail time.As an older millennial who loves liberty and can’t stand the idea of taxation, I cringe at the thought of handing over my money to the government, but I’ve learned some tips and tricks that help me make sure I’m not paying one cent more than necessary.Everyone, even millennials, can file their own taxes. It just takes a little organization and putting on your “independent pants.”Get the Really Important Stuff First and Mark Your CalendarKeep a special folder with a copy of your W2, any 1099’s for special projects or contracts you completed throughout the year, and your 1095 (if you have one) to show that you had health insurance for the financial year. If you have no idea how to get your hands on any of these documents, ask your human resources representative. They should be able to get you what you need.Tax Day is always April 15, unless that particular date is on a weekend. (ED Note: in 2018 the due date is April 17). Make it a New Year’s resolution to mark Tax Day on your calendar, and make your own, internal due date for compiling your information a month beforehand. It’ll save you time and stress.Always Ask for the Tax ReceiptWhether you donate $5 or $500 to any 501c3, non-profit organization (hint, hint), ask for the tax receipt. This shows the IRS that you made a charitable contribution that can be deducted from your taxes. When I drop bags of clothes off at the women’s shelter or donate to my alma mater online, I take the time to ask for the receipt in-person or print the email receipt immediately. All receipts are stored in their own folder so that I know exactly how much I gave to charity in the financial year AND can organize them by month to make life a little easier.The Random Stuff Adds UpBefore you file, think about any random purchases that you made for work-related purposes. Because I work from home, I was able to write off my office furniture, travel expenses, and even supplies as business related expenses. Whenever I go shopping for pens or paper, you guessed it, those receipts go in another special folder. Even if you don’t work from home, you can usually write off any expenses that your employer didn’t reimburse you for.Make a List of Your Monthly Expenses, Multiply by 12Making a list of your monthly expenses can not only help you budget better but, when looked at yearly, can help you save on your taxes. Make a list of how much you pay for these expenses: rent/mortgage; utilities like gas, electricity, etc.; cell phone; and internet. If you work from home, congrats, you can write off expenses like your cell phone bill, internet, and electricity as business expenses – even the square footage of your home office. If you rent, you can also write that office space expense off on your taxes.Now, you have a fairly comprehensive list of everything you’ve spent money on in the financial year. Now what? You could:Do Your Taxes YourselfIt’s scary, I know, but you can go to the IRS website, hit the “file” button in the upper-left-hand corner, and follow the prompts to get what you need. There are tons of software systems that can help you, too.Or:Hire an AccountantI hire an accountant every year. (Hey, at least it’s not my dad.) I organize my paperwork, label everything, and mail it into my accountant’s office. She’ll, in turn, figure out if I owe anything or get a tax refund and provide me with the proper paperwork to sign and mail to the IRS.Trust me, getting your information in order is the hardest part of filing taxes. Once you take the initiative and develop a system that works for you, filing will become easier every year. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some checks to mail to the IRS.last_img read more