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Broke? Need an extension? Amending a return? No matter your situation, you need to file your taxes

Finance
Constantine Johnny | Moment | Getty ImagesThe IRS may be extending the deadline to file your annual taxes for 2020 to May 17, but there's no time like now to get started on them — no matter your circumstances.Perhaps you owe money that you don't currently have. Maybe your life has been turned upside down and doing your taxes is the last thing you want to do. But don't even think about not filing a tax return."It's a terrible idea," said Nayo Carter-Gray, founder of 1st Step Accounting, of not filing. "It's one of the worst things you can do."Lisa Greene-Lewis, a tax expert at TurboTax, concurs."It is definitely a bad idea," she said. "File the return even if you can't pay what you owe."Let's start with the penalties. If you don't file your return, you'll be assessed a penalty of 5% of the ...
Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague broke rules with Instagram giveaway

Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague broke rules with Instagram giveaway

Technology
Getty ImagesMolly-Mae Hague has fallen foul of the UK's advertising watchdog for a second time.The Love Island star has been reprimanded for running an £8,000 online prize draw that failed to follow the rules for such competitions. The watchdog said she had been unable to provide evidence the winners had been randomly and fairly picked.One lawyer said it suggests the authority is now pursuing a wider range of cases against influencers.Until recently, its focus has been on those who simply failed to flag paid-for posts as being ads.Ms Hague previously had a complaint upheld against her for failing to make clear one of her posts was an advert for an online clothing retailer.Fake tansThe 21-year-old rose to prominence after appearing on ITV's dating reality show Love Island in 2019, when she ...
Fara Williams: Reading midfielder says kidney condition ‘broke her’

Fara Williams: Reading midfielder says kidney condition ‘broke her’

Sports
England's most capped player Fara Williams has told BBC Sport that the kidney condition that has affected her fitness for almost a year "broke her".The steroids required to treat the condition led to weight gain and other side effects.And the Reading and England midfielder said that recovery took a toll both physically and mentally."For the first time in my career I wasn't in control of my body - the medication took over," she said."As I was coming off the steroids, that was when I started getting the side-effects - hair growing on your face and hands and where it shouldn't grow on women."My face was swollen - moon face, as they call it - which was explained to me but I didn't understand how it would affect me mentally, especially with image being such a big factor in the women's game. "Wh...
U.S. foreign military sales broke records in 2020, and may grow more in 2021

U.S. foreign military sales broke records in 2020, and may grow more in 2021

Business
Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The United States approved a record number of foreign military sales in 2020, by its own accounting and that of arms industry observers. According to R. Clarke Cooper, assistant secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, the State Department approved $ 17.08 billion in foreign military sales in fiscal year 2020 -- a 2.8% increase over fiscal 2019. Advertisement And the three-year rolling average -- which officials say is a truer reflection of trends -- is even higher, having risen to $ 54 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency released those figures at the beginning of December, covering deals for weapons, aircraft and other systems made by companies including Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman, among others. But close ob...
Simon Cowell thanks Kelly Clarkson for stepping in after he broke his back

Simon Cowell thanks Kelly Clarkson for stepping in after he broke his back

Entertainment
Simon Cowell has thanked Kelly Clarkson for stepping in to replace him on America's Got Talent after he fell from a bike and broke his back.The music mogul underwent six hours of surgery on Saturday after falling from an electric bicycle he was testing at his house in Malibu, California. He is understood to have been with his six-year-old son Eric at the time of the fall, and his partner Lauren Silverman accompanied him to hospital. Image: Cowell's partner, Lauren Silverman, accompanied him to the hospital Cowell is now recovering from his surgery, which involved a number of procedures including having a metal rod put in his back.One unnamed source described his fall as very bad, and doctors are reported to have said he is very lucky....