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She equates using the calculator daily to checking the weather, which is the exact attitude scientists want people to adopt, said Kaitlyn Johnson, who helped create a holiday risk estimator as part of her work with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute. “In the same way we use weather apps to understand where there is a risk of a hurricane, we want people to be able to monitor their risk of being exposed to a disease,” she said.
Her colleague, Sam Scarpino, who also works at the institute, said he hopes people adopt these calculators to assess all types of health risks — maybe the flu is prevalent or there is a measles outbreak — in the future. “Whether someone is a public health official taking care of their community or someone going on a date, people need tools to translate all this complexity into a decision,” he said. “I think the public is learning to adopt these kinds of tools to make decisions in a little more informed way.” (Source: www.nytimes.com)
You need to fill out a new W-4 whenever you start a new job, but you can also fill one out at any time. If you do regularly owe money when you pay your taxes, consider asking your employer to withhold more taxes from your paychecks. When filling out a new W-4, simply write in the dollar amount you want withheld. For example, if you want $60 taken out of each paycheck on top of the dollar amounts you've entered for the tax year, then all you need to do is write that amount on the correct line on the W-4. This means smaller paychecks, but think of it as paying more of your taxes over time so that you don’t have to pay a huge lump sum every year. Using a paycheck calculator like ours will help you see how your paycheck changes when you withhold more or less money.
Over the last few years, the IRS has made multiple changes to the W-4. The new form no longer asks for total allowances; but it requires you to enter dollar amounts for income tax credits, non-wage income, itemized and other deductions and total annual taxable wages. The W-4 now also features a five-step process that allows filers to enter personal information, claim dependents and indicate any additional jobs or income. For the most part, these updates affect those adjusting their withholdings or changing jobs. (Source: smartasset.com)