Monday, January 25, 2016

One in Five Workers is Leaving Money on the Table!

For Immediate Release

One in Five Workers is Leaving Money on the Table!
PathWays PA can help workers get their taxes done for free at VITA sites throughout the region – and will be announcing a special VITA site later in the week!

EITC Awareness Week Events:
1/26 – PathWays PA releases list of local VITA sites online
1/27 – PathWays PA promotes DelcoAD VITA sites online
1/28 – PathWays PA makes special announcement about VITA Supersite
1/29 – PathWays PA holds EITC Awareness Twitter Storm from 10 – 11 AM (sample tweets/images available here)

www.pathwayspa.org / pathwaysvita.com / @PathWaysPA / @PathWaysPolicy
#EITC

Workers can get a larger tax refund this year because of the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) – but one in five eligible workers don’t know about it! During EITC Awareness Week, PathWays PA will share information daily to help spread the word about the EITC and how we can help workers access the money they’ve earned.

In 2015, 27.5 million workers received more than $66.7 billion in EITC refunds. In our area alone, PathWays PA and its partners brought over $3 million back into our local economy with free tax services. But the IRS estimates that only four out of five workers claim the EITC they earned, leaving billions of dollars on the table each year.

We want to get the word out to those who are eligible to file a tax return even if they don’t owe any tax to claim the EITC; it’s money workers can use for groceries, rent, utilities and other bills.

If you worked last year and had income of less than $53,267, you may qualify for EITC. EITC can mean up to a $6,242 refund when you file a return if you have qualifying children. On average, EITC adds $2,400 to refunds.

At PathWays PA and across the country, volunteers – trained by the Internal Revenue Service – can prepare and e-file (electronically file) your tax return at no cost to you.

"Our community volunteers help you get EITC and the maximum refund you’re due. Our goal is to help you get it and get it right. This is money you can save or use to pay off bills, buy that car to get to work, save for your child’s education or make a down payment on a home. Let us help make your life a little easier,“ said Maria Duncan-Prince, Senior Manager of Self Sufficiency and Community Tax Programs at PathWays PA.

Let us help you get it and get it right. Visit our free tax preparation site pathwaysvita.com or call 800-209-2914 to sign up for an appointment to get your taxes done for free.

Bring the following to make sure our volunteers get you the amount of credit you deserve:

  • A valid driver's license or other photo id card
  • Social security cards, or individual taxpayer identifying number (ITIN) assignment letter, for all persons listed on the return
  • Birth dates for all persons listed on return
  • All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements, such as pensions, stocks, interest, dividends, gambling winnings and any documents showing taxes withheld
  • All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest, or real estate taxes
  • Copies of last year's state and federal tax returns, if you have them
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund
  • Dependent child care information: name and address of who you paid and either the caretaker's SSN or other tax identification number
  • Affordable Health Care Insurance statements (ACA) Forms 1095-A, B or C Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • If e-filing a joint return both spouses must be present to sign forms

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Join Us for an #EITCAwareness Twitter Storm!

EITC Awareness Day is next week, and you're invited to join us for a Twitter Storm to celebrate!

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit. It reduces or eliminates taxes for workers under a certain income, and in many cases actually gives them money back!

Here's a few more facts:

  • For the 2014 tax year 27.5 million taxpayers received about $66.7 billion in EITC 
  • The average amount of EITC received nationwide last year was more than $2,400 
  • EITC is for workers whose income does not exceed the following limits in tax year 2015: 
    • $47,747 ($53,267 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children 
    • $44,454 ($49,974 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children 
    • $39,131 ($44,651 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child 
    • $14,820 ($20,330 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children 
      • Investment income in all cases must be $3,400 or less


We'll be online sharing information from 1-2 PM on Friday, January 29. You can find sample tweets here.

You can also sign up to get your taxes done for free with PathWays PA at pathwaysvita.com.




Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PathWays PA Healthcare Enrollment Event 1/7/16!

If you or someone you know needs health insurance or need help re-enrolling in the federal marketplace do not miss the FREE healthcare enrollment event at PathWays PA's West Philadelphia TLP office (4911 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139) TOMORROW (1/7/16) from 9:00-5:00

To prescreen for eligibility, call: (215) 977-7255, or email: navigator@healthfederation.org

To schedule an appointment online, go to: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector and enter your zip code. Search for the PathWays PA enrollment event.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Women's Media Training: A Narrative for Women and Work in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York

From our friends at CWW

In a collaborative effort, the Center for Innovation in Worker Organizing and the Center for Women and Work at the Rutgers University School of Labor and Employment Relations is pleased to announce a two-day Gender Justice media training workshop. The training will be held in New Brunswick at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center on Feb. 24 - 25th, 2015 and will be conducted by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Jobs With Justice, and the Scholars Strategy Network. Women faculty, union leaders and members and community leaders are invited to participate. The two-day training will equip participants to participate in the public discourse on a range of state and local labor issues. 
Day One of the training will focus on building a new narrative about women and work. Day Two will hone in on writing that narrative as an op-ed. In partnership with other groups, we will actively seek opportunities for the trainees to place op-eds connected to a specific campaign or key issue in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and the surrounding region.
The application deadline is February 3rd. We aim to have a total of 15 -20 participants that will include women faculty, union leaders, rank-and-file members, and community-based leaders. For those attending the training, all travel and lodging expenses will be paid.
To apply, please send a one-page statement of interest, including a paragraph about yourself and your work, and a paragraph describing why this media training would be helpful in advancing your work and that of your institution. Preference will be given to those based in NJ, PA and NY. Please email the statement to Erin Johansson a erin@jwj.org
Planning Committee: Terri Boyer, Rutgers University; Bailey Dick, Jobs With Justice; Avi Green, Scholars Strategy Network; Erin Johansson, Jobs With Justice; Paola Maynard-Moll, Scholars Strategy Network; Amaya Smith, AFL-CIO; Marilyn Sneiderman, Rutgers University; Emily E. L.B. Twarog, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Naomi Walker, AFSCME; Betsy Wood, Institute for Policy Studies.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Get a Sneak Peek at Our Annual Appeal!

We're hoping to send out our Annual Appeal email tomorrow, but you can get a sneak peek at the video right now! Tell us what you think!



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