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Free Tax Preparation Deloitte’s Community Assistance Tax Day! Sat. Feb 27

February 17, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

 

 

volunteerFairfaxTax season is here! Here’s Your Tax Team Ready to Help!

 

IRS-trained tax professionals from Deloitte will provide free tax preparation for individuals and families who earned less than $54,000 in 2015.  The event is on Saturday, February 27. Volunteers will process Federal and state tax returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a goal of getting clients the best tax return possible. Childcare, free parking and complimentary snacks will be provided.  Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean language translators will also be available, as well as ASL Language interpreters.
 
WHAT:
Deloitte, in collaboration with Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax presents Community Assistance Tax Day, a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.


WHO: 
Individuals and families who earned less than $54,000 in 2015.
 
For information on what to bring with you for a successful appointment click here.
WHEN:
Saturday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:  
Fairfax SkillSource Center, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA  22003
HOW:
Appointments are available by email at taxday@volunteerfairfax.org, or call
703-246-3896. Walk-ins are also welcome.

2015 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday: Aug. 7-9

August 4, 2015 in Community News

From – Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management

Virginia is hosting the Sales Tax Holiday August 7-9, 2015. Back-to-school supplies will be tax-free, along with emergency preparedness supplies. Please share the attached flyer with your networks!

Tax-free emergency preparedness items:

  • Batteries, coolers, flashlights, weather radios, first aid kits, and more up to $60!
  • Chainsaws up to $350
  • Chainsaw accessories up to $60
  • Generators up to $1000

More info: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/sales-tax-holiday

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQbZ0fDwPRw

DOWNLOAD – 2015 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday – Emergency Preparedness Items

 

Virginia Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday: May 25-31

May 14, 2015 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

 

 

The 2015 hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30, 2015. Though hurricanes don’t typically make landfall in Fairfax County, the effects of high winds and flooding can wreak havoc on our community and businesses. To assist in preparing for hurricane season, Virginia will hold its Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday May 25-May 31.  Batteries, generators up to $1000, chainsaws up to $340, smoke detectors, first aid kits, flashlights and more will be tax-free.

More information: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricanes/sales-tax-holiday

Please share this information with your employees and networks, encouraging others to take the time to:

  • Check emergency kits at home, work and in vehicles – visitwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency for lists and helpful tips.
  • Review family emergency plans – visit www.ReadyNOVA.orgto make your own plan.
  • Practice family evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures – don’t forget pets and kids!

Now is the best time to prepare for hurricane season and other emergencies!

DOWNLOAD VA-HurricaneSaleFlyer

Free Tax Preparation on February 28th!

February 13, 2015 in Community Events

 

Greetings!

For the 8th year in a row, Deloitte LLP is providing free tax preparation for low-to-middle-income individuals and families.  Eligible participants are those who made up to $53,000 in 2014.  VITA-certified volunteers from Deloitte will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on a first come, first serve basis, and childcare is provided on-site. An ASL Interpreter will also be on site to assist with tax preparation. Pre-registration is available but not required by calling (703) 246-3896 or e- mailing TaxDay@volunteerfairfax.orgLEARN MORE.

  • WHO: Individuals and families who made less than $53K in 2014.
  • WHAT: Deloitte will participate in  its 8th free Community Tax Day  with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax. This IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program offers free assistance with 2014 Federal tax returns for households with a total income of $53,000 or less. Free food, parking and onsite childcare is available to participating families.  For more information about VITA, please visit www.nvacash.org.
  • WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Fairfax SkillSource Center – Annandale Heritage Center
    7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing), Suite 300W
    Annandale, VA 22003

Please feel free to forward to your family, friends, coworkers and houses of worship or anyone else who may benefit.

Please see the flyer (in English and Spanish) with important information about the Community Tax Day including a friendly reminder about what to bring to an appointment.

 

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Warning Regarding – Jury Duty & Tax Scams

July 2, 2014 in Community News

 

Jury Duty and Tax Scams – July 1, 2014

Sheriff’s Office Cautions Residents about Jury Duty and Tax Scams

Scammers, identifying themselves as deputy sheriffs, are calling residents of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna, threatening that they will be arrested unless they purchase a money card, such as Green Dot MoneyPak, or wire money through Western Union. Usually, the scammer claims that the resident failed to appear for jury duty or did not pay a tax balance. To add to the confusion, the scammer may use the name of a real sheriff’s deputy or judge, both easily found on the official Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office website.

Please be aware! The Sheriff’s Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff’s deputies will NOT call to ask you for money nor threaten you with arrest.

If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty or tax payments, please hang up immediately. Do NOT give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or any other identifying information. Regularly monitor all of your accounts and always use strong passwords.

To confirm a jury duty summons, contact the Circuit Court jury duty clerk at 703-246-7816 (press 0). For information about tax scams, visit the IRS consumer alerts page, www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/news/2014/jury-duty-and-tax-scams.htm

 

 

Warning: About 2014 Tax Scams

March 24, 2014 in Community News

 

If the phone rings and the caller says he represents the IRS, be suspicious.

There is a scam going on where someone may call you and say they are from the IRS, and are demanding payment of money you do not owe.  This is how it works:

  1. They may quote the last 4 numbers of your Social Security Number.
  2. They say payment must be by pre-paid debit card or wire transfer through Western Union or direct from your bank.
  3. They may threaten you with arrest or revoking your driver’s license. (IRS CANNOT do this because they don’t have that authority)
  4. The caller uses fake IRS badge numbers, and if you have Caller ID, they have the ability to show the call is from IRS when it’s not the IRS at all.
  5. IRS does not make these kinds of calls demanding payment.  They use regular mail to contact you first, or will send live agents.
  6. IRS DOES NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARD INFORMATION BY PHONE 
  7. They may follow up with fake IRS emails, or they might call again and say they are from the police department or are an MVA official.
  8. The IRS is working with phone companies to “track” these kinds of calls and arrest those making them.

Do not be fooled by these people and just ignore their demands.

If you receive an email that says it is from the IRSbe suspicious.

Tax-related phone scams and phishing emails are among the fraud techniques the IRS warned about earlier this tax season. It also warned of phishing preparer fraud and claims a preparer can offer “free money.”

IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts Information

Video ASL resources from the IRS regarding ID Theft, Phishing-Malware, and other free tax information can be accessed directly from the IRS youtube channel at following link.
IRS YouTube ASL Channel  at:  www.youtube.com/IRSvideosASL

 

What to do to report Phishing emailshttp://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
What is phishing?
Phishing is a scam typically carried out by unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information.

 

IRS Phishing-Malware Video

Watch IRS ASL video below or here: Phishing-Malware (Captions & Audio)

 


 

IRS ASL Tax Tips Videos Available – 2014 Tax Filing Season

March 19, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

IRS ASL Tax Tips Video Channel

The IRS has made videos on a variety of tax topics and other information available on the official IRS YouTube Channel, entitled IRSvideosASL.

This Channel uses the 3-in-1 communication approach: American Sign Language (ASL); captions in English; and voice over.  All of the videos are performed by deaf employees at the IRS.

A way for you to keep up-to-date on our latest video offerings is to click on the red subscription box located on the right of the channel below the banner.

Link to the IRS YouTube ASL Channel  at:  www.youtube.com/IRSvideosASL

There is also a dedicated accessibility page on the IRS.gov website:  IRS accessibility information

IRS ASL Video Example:

 

Legislators Discussing Tax to Aid Louisiana Deaf, Deaf-Blind Services

May 30, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Technology

Gov. Jindal Won’t Hear of Tax to Aid Deaf Louisianans

By John Maginnis, Nola.com 5/28/2013

If you want to promise not to raise taxes, put it on your push cards and on your website, wear a sandwich board and shout it in the public square.”

Given the steep decrease in telephone land lines and the explosion in cell phones, the legislative bill to adjust the tax to pay for telecommunications services for the deaf seemed fair and reasonable. The bill before the House early in the session decreased the 5-cents-per-month tax on land lines to 2 cents and expanded it to cover wireless lines, which are currently untaxed. The penny ante tax swap would restore the Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund, which had fallen by half in recent years, to its 2005 level. But because fractions of cents can’t go on phone bills, the 2-cent levy would result in the deaf fund receiving about a half million dollars extra.

That overage, however, was a problem for the man in charge of tax policy in Louisiana. Grover Norquist would not hear of it. Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C., and creator of the pledge signed by many American politicians to oppose all net tax increases. Certainly, he wasn’t following the debate at the time, but staff members for his ally, Gov. Bobby Jindal, sent word to legislators that a vote for House Bill 238 would be scored by ATR as a tax increase and, thus, a violation of the pledge.

The House passed the bill overwhelmingly anyway. Of the 16 representatives who have signed the pledge, six voted for the bill, five were against it and five were absent. (Curiously, four of the five absent voted on the previous bill, but, apparently, urgent business called them from the chamber before the vote on the phone tax. Score that as profiles in courage.)

The next week Jindal, who also has signed Norquist’s pledge, said he would veto the bill in its current form, but that it need not come to that. He offered to the author, Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport, to replace the money from the tax bill with another revenue source.

For the rest of the story: http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2013/05/gov_jindal_wont_hear_of_tax_to.html


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ASL Intepreted!! Free Tax Preparation in Fairfax on February 23 for Qualified Individuals

February 21, 2013 in Community Events, Community News

Volunteer Fairfax has just announced that an ASL Interpreter will be on hand for this event

Free Tax Preparation on February 23rd! 

Tax Preparation

For the seventh year in a row, Deloitte LLP is providing free tax preparation for low-to-middle-income individuals and families on Saturday, February 23.  Eligible participants are those who make up to $51,000 in 2012.  Trained tax professionals will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on a first come, first serve basis, and childcare is provided on-site. Pre-registration is available but not required by calling (703) 324-7280. LEARN MORE at http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/vita.phpWHO: Individuals and families who made less than $51K in 2012.WHAT: Deloitte will participate in its seventh free Community Tax Day  with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax. This IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program offers free assistance with 2012 Federal tax returns for households with a total income of $51,000 or less. Free food and onsite childcare is available to participating families.  For more information, please visit www.nvacash.org.

WHEN: Saturday, February 23
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Read more . . . →

Virginia Tax Credits for Making Homes Accessible

February 15, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Virginia Tax Credits Can Make your Home More Livable  

Make your house more accessible and safe by taking advantage of Virginia’s Livable Home Tax Credit Program. Tax credits up to $5,000 can be used for the purchase or construction of a new accessible residence and up to 50 percent for the cost of retrofitting an existing home (not to exceed $5,000). The application deadline is February 28.

Check out the guidelines and application.

NVRC Note: Page 2 of the application form addresses retrofitting of an existing unit allows “sensory modifications” to qualify for tax credits; page 4 defines sensory modifications as alarms, appliances or controls designed to assist sensory disabled purposes.


Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Free Tax Preparation in Fairfax on February 23 for Qualified Individuals

February 14, 2013 in Community Events, Community News, Families

Free Tax Preparation on February 23rd! 

NVRC NOTE: Provision of sign language interpreters is not mentioned
We encourage you to contact Volunteer Fairfax to request one if needed.

Tax Preparation

For the seventh year in a row, Deloitte LLP is providing free tax preparation for low-to-middle-income individuals and families on Saturday, February 23.  Eligible participants are those who make up to $51,000 in 2012.  Trained tax professionals will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on a first come, first serve basis, and childcare is provided on-site. Pre-registration is available but not required by calling (703) 324-7280. LEARN MORE at http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/vita.php

WHO: Individuals and families who made less than $51K in 2012.

WHAT: Deloitte will participate in its seventh free Community Tax Day  with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax. This IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program offers free assistance with 2012 Federal tax returns for households with a total income of $51,000 or less. Free food and onsite childcare is available to participating families.  For more information, please visit www.nvacash.org.

WHEN: Saturday, February 23
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Fairfax SkillSource Center – Annandale Heritage Center
7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing), Suite 300W
Annandale, VA 22003

HOW: To reserve your spot, call 703-324-7280; TTY 711. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Please feel free to forward to your clients, family, friends, coworkers and houses of worship or anyone else that may benefit. Thank you for your help getting the word out about the Free Community Tax Day on February 23!

 


Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.