Kobe Paras heads home, commits to Gilas program

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Paras has expressed his willingness to join the early buildup of the cadet team in the summer tournament, where he join players in coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-2023” list.Reyes thinks it’s a great chance for Paras to finally see action in a more consistent basis, after playing sparingly during his collegiate career in the United States.“On the contrary, he should look forward to coming home and finally playing. We’re fine if he’s not here, the program is still going to continue,” he said.“He should look forward to playing because I made that statement that there’s no Filipino player whoever went to the US NCAA and came back a better player because the operative word was playing. If you go to the US and sit, you’re not going to get better,” he said. “I hope Kobe should be looking forward to coming home and playing, getting a chance to finally actually playing on the court. He should be looking forward to that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I’m in touch with Benjie (Paras) and we’re talking regarding the possibility,” he said.The younger Paras earlier announced his decision to leave the confines of Cal State Northridge, saying he’s “turning pro.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut with opportunity of helping the country opening up, Antonio said that the popular swingman has committed to the national team.“Kobe will be basing himself in the Philippines in the meantime, and I’m very thankful and glad that Kobe is very committed to the Gilas program. He’s very important and he’s gonna play a major role,” he said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs far as Gilas Pilipinas is concerned, Kobe Paras is here to stay.National team manager Butch Antonio guaranteed that the high-flying 20-year-old will play for the Gilas cadets squad seeing action in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Rice industry’s decline negatively affecting business – GBTI’s CEO

first_img… bank celebrates 18 years of service in Region 2By Indrawattie NatramEssequibo Branch of Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Friday celebrated 18 years of service in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) with a grand reception for customers and employees.GBTI’s staff at Anna Regina celebrating 18th AnniversaryThe reception, held on the lawns of the bank, was attended by CEO, John Tracy, manager of administration Sean Noel along with Region Two regional executive officer Rupert Hopkinson.Speaking at the reception the CEO said that the Anna Regina branch has grown over the years, noting however, that business has seen a significant decline since the dawn of 2016.Addressing customers and staff before the commencement of the reception, Tracy said that the decline of the rice industry – the backbone of Region Two, is having a negative effect on business.He explained that the strength of an economy often defines business for a bank, adding that the current state of the rice industry is a “thinning” time for the region.He however said the bank will stand with its customers during “thick or thin” to cushion the effect of the situation. Tracy said despite the challenges, the bank has recognised that the rice industry plays an important role in the growth of the banking sector.Meanwhile branch manager Dave Persaud during his address said the Anna Regina branch was opened on July 13, 1998 and for 18 years the branch has remained efficient and reliable in offering its service to the public: “We are always open to finding new, innovated ways to improve our service and as such we have launched two new products: GBTI Education Saving Plan, and GBTI Kick Start Education Loan Plan.”In explaining the Education Saving Plan, he said it is specially designed to provide parents with the ability to save and make post-secondary education a reality for their children.The GBTI Kick Start Educational Loan Plan, he said, caters for potential and existing post-secondary education that gears to assist in tuition fees, books, accommodation and live-in expenses.The manager also took the opportunity to thank customers for choosing the bank as their choice.After the formal opening customers used the opportunity to interact and socialise with both management and staff of the financial institution.last_img read more

Samantha joins race to be crowned Dunkineely Mayor

first_imgTensions rise in Dunkineely as the race for mayorship heats up. Until yesterday, there were two candidates, Emmet ‘Broc’ Brosnan and Joe Kennedy. Last night, Samantha McBrearty joined the race. Unphased by competitor Emmet’s support from media heavyweight Brian Dobson, Samantha has her own high-profile personality joining her on her campaign trail.She explained to Donegal Daily; “As I’m a McBrearty, I thought I’d go as far as Frank McBrearty Junior on my campaign trail”. Video Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/video-1470782203.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Samantha is heavily involved in the Killaghtee accordian band. The band had a reunion two years ago after twenty five years apart and now they have been invited to the Rose of Tralee!Samantha thinks that she is the best candidacy for mayorship as she is a band representative of the Killaghtee band and the band has really become the heart and soul of the community once again. “I’ve put my heart and soul into it, and once I say I’ll do something I do it to the very best I can. That’s why I should be mayor, I’ll give it my 100%”.Time will tell who will come out victorious!  Samantha joins race to be crowned Dunkineely Mayor was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Dunkineelyfrank mc brearty juniorkillaghteesamantha mc breartylast_img read more

Simi Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Co-custody Parenting class, 6-7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. TODAY Sunday evening hike, 5 o’clock at the Rocky Peak trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. Mission LJK: or Does the Ice King Stop Christmas? is a play for the family, 2 p.m. at the Theater on High Street, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. Call (805) 529-8700. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B-1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Men’s Anger Management class, 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Lessons taught by Dick Hodnefield. Call (805) 583-3055; or e-mail: sqdncrmn@pacbell.net. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. TUESDAY Family Planning Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Men’s Anger Management class, 7-9 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet, 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 20 W. Cochran St. Call (805) 526-4649. Chair Exercise, 8:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 529-6864, Ext. 261. CPR Update: Health Care Provider class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. Call (805) 955-6890. Tot Time story time, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music, 2910 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For ages 2-5. Call (805) 526-2800. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Emotional Intelligence Training for Parents, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Action Parent and Teen Support Program, 6:30 p.m. at Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. 24-hour hotline: (800) 367-8336. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Wood Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 526-6231. Clutterers Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m., Simi Valley Presbyterian Church, 4832 Cochran St., Room 210. Call (805) 526-5475. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley/Moorpark Democratic club potluck holiday party, 7 p.m. at the Simi Valley Library community room, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-3912. THURSDAY Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will meet, 7 a.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Call (805) 520-4894. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Scrabble Group will meet, 9:30 a.m. at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Reproductive Health Care Clinic, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. (805) 578-3677. Tap for Fitness, 2:30-4 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Circuit Training, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Thursday Evening Hike, 6 o’clock, meet at the Chumash Trailhead. Call the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, (805) 584-4400. Open Gym Volleyball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2 or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Co-custody Parenting class, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Women’s Anger Management class, 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Simi Valley Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. at Clarion Commons, 5300 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 522-9591. FRIDAY Basic Training, 6-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. SATURDAY Men’s Anger Management class, 8 a.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Jazzercise Aerobics, 8-9 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Calendar events are compiled each week by Staff Writer Angie Valencia-Martinez. Items must reach the Daily News one week before the Sunday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be attached for contact purposes. Mail to Simi Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (805) 583-0880. Angie Valencia-Martinez can be reached at (805) 583-7604 or by e-mail at angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Contractor blamed for incidents at Lawrence Livermore

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Their exposure to plutonium radioactivity was “about one-tenth of what they’re legally allowed to get as a nuclear worker,” spokesman Jack Herrmann of Washington Group International told the San Francisco Chronicle Friday. “We’re determined to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’ve improved our procedures.” Energy Department officials announced Thursday that Washington TRU would be fined $192,500 for the violations that led to the contamination incidents between April 2004 and August 2004. Herrmann said his company would not contest the fine. Washington Group is one of the four main partners in a consortium led by the University of California and Bechtel Corp. that was chosen by the Energy Department on Wednesday to take over management of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico next year. Lawrence Livermore lab spokeswoman Susan Houghton declined to discuss the case in detail because it strictly involved the contractor and its employees, but said Thursday the lab was not responsible for the incidents in any way. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LIVERMORE, Calif. – A U.S. Energy Department report found that sloppy procedures involving radioactive plutonium worsened a series of accidents that contaminated employees at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory last year. Energy Department investigators cited multiple violations by Livermore contractor Washington TRU Solutions, a firm owned by Washington Group International that was hired to dispose of the lab’s radioactive waste. The report released this past week found that workers continued working with plutonium while emergency alarms sounded, warning of a possible contaminant hazard. Workers also unsuspectingly brushed plutonium particles off cutting tools, causing particles to become airborne, where they were inhaled or ingested by three unidentified workers. A spokesman for Washington TRW acknowledged the three employees could face years of special medical scrutiny, but said he believes their exposure was low enough to make health problems unlikely.last_img read more

DONEGAL SAYS ‘NO’ TO HAVING A YOUNGER PRESIDENT

first_imgPresident Michael D Higgins. People in Donegal want candidates to remain aged 35 and aboveTHE people of Donegal have said No to lowering the age of Presidential candidates from 35 to 21.In the second vote of the day, the people of the county want the age limit to remain at 35.Donegal North East has just returned its verdict and it is a resounding no. A total of 21,797 said not to changing the age while 8,678 said yes to changing the age.In Donegal South-West tallies show a similar pattern and a resounding no vote is also expected to be carried with almost 78% voting no.The following is the results from Donegal North East.PRESIDENTIAL AGE REFERENDUM DONEGAL NORTH EAST:ELECTORATE: 59,721TURN-OUT: 30,728SPOILED: 253VALID POLL: 30,475 YES: 8,678NO: 21,797DONEGAL SAYS ‘NO’ TO HAVING A YOUNGER PRESIDENT was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:MICHAEL D HIGGINSpresidential votereferendumlast_img read more

James DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happened

first_imgJames DeGale is facing Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, where a victory would keep the Harlesden man in line for a world title shot.DeGale, who will be defending his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against the 32-year-old American, has promised to deliver an “explosive” victory.But Davis insists he will upset the odds tonight and put himself in the frame for major fights.West London Sport will have live updates from the bout, which due to start at around 10pm.See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Groves: I’ll come back better and stronger

first_imgGeorge Groves insisted he would come back “better and stronger” following his loss to Carl Froch at Wembley.His first attempt to become super-middleweight world champion, in November, ended in controversy when he was stopped in the ninth round, having floored Froch early in the fight and continued to dominate.But the rematch was a very different affair, with IBF and WBA title holder Froch, 36, performing much better in an even fight before knocking the Hammersmith man out with devastating shot in the eighth round.Groves said: “It’s back to the drawing board. I’m 26 years old and I’ve just boxed in front of 80,000 fans.Froch ended the fight in emphatic fashion at Wembley“I didn’t get the result I wanted but I’m sure I’m going to have a long and successful career ahead of me.“It was a split-second mistake. Up until that I was boxing very well. I got just it wrong in that split second.“It’s very disappointing and frustrating. I feel like that fight was there for me to win. I made a mistake and need to eradicate that from my game.“I can’t thank my supporters enough and I hope they’ll carry on supporting me. I’ll do them proud as quickly as possible.”Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland added that they would assess their options following the defeat and that WBC champion Sakio Bika was “on the radar”.“It will be a quick process. He’s just sold out Wembley in his 21st fight, at 26 years of age, and we’ll have him back very soon,” said Sauerland.See also:DeGale wins to secure world title shotGroves crushed by Froch in Wembley clashGroves is lined up for September returnGroves to fight in world title eliminatorFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders DC Paul Guenther hopes to remedy his Steelers nightmares

first_imgALAMEDA — For four years Paul Guenther called plays intended to stop Ben Roethlisberger.As Bengals defensive coordinator from 2014-17, Guenther faced a Roethlisberger-led Steelers team nine times. Roethlisberger won eight, plastering 25.6 points per game on Guenther’s defenses.Big Ben, who’s actually 0-3 in his career at the Oakland Coliseum, leads the NFL with 3,945 passing yards through 13 weeks. Steelers starting running back James Conner won’t play Sunday in Oakland, but Roethlisberger …last_img read more

Tax Reform Not Responsible for 2018 Withholding Errors, Senior Treasury Official Says

first_imgA senior Treasury official has said that tax reform is not responsible for taxpayers’ withholding errors in 2018. Senate Democrats have criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) and the Trump administration for the anticipated increase in taxpayers who under-withheld during the 2018 tax year.“Let’s call it what it is, this is tax penalty entrapment,” Senate Finance Committee (SFC) ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a February 26 press release. Wyden and 39 other Senate Democrats asked Treasury and the IRS earlier this month to waive taxpayers’ underpayment penalties associated with implementation of the TCJA.Underpayment PenaltiesThe IRS announced in IR-2019-03 that it would waive the underpayment penalty for taxpayers who paid at least 85 percent of their total tax liability during the 2018 tax year. The usual threshold is 90 percent.Additionally, several Republican lawmakers and tax practitioners have encouraged the IRS to further lower the 85 percent income threshold the IRS is using this filing season for the assessment of underpayment penalties. However, a senior Treasury official told Senate Democrats in a letter this week that “tens of millions” of taxpayers are under-withheld every year, regardless of the TCJA’s implementation.“The TCJA, and our implementation of the law through the withholding tables and Form W-4 instructions, will not cause tens of millions of taxpayers to be under-withheld,” J. Brady Howell, senior advisor within Treasury’s Office of Legislative Affairs, wrote in a February 25 letter to Senate Democrats. “Rather, tens of millions of taxpayers are under-withheld every year, due to taxpayers’ choices or the difficulties some taxpayers face in adjusting withholding to account for changes in their circumstance each year,” Howell added.Moreover, the lowered 85 percent threshold the IRS intends to use for underpayment penalties this filing season “will provide substantial relief to many taxpayers without creating large windfalls” for taxpayers would have under-withheld regardless of the TCJA, Howell noted. Nearly 30 million taxpayers are expected to have underpaid taxes last year, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO).By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorA copy of the February 25 Treasury letter to Senate Democrats can be located here.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more