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#Healthcare Call to Action:

📱Call Senators (202) 224-3121 to #ProtectOurCare #ACA #SaveMedicaid ⚕️
🛑Stop the @GOP @SenateGOP🛑
➡️#HoldTheFloor @TheDemocrats & #GOP who care about Citizenry

Two #healthcare quotes for the price of one from Senator Bernie Sanders:

“The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way.”

“When we talk about the healthcare crisis in America we’ve got to also be talking about the dental crisis and how to address it.”

-Bernie Sanders



Using IT for Political Advocacy

February 27, 2017 Leave a comment


While many citizens choose Twitter and/or Facebook to advocate for important causes (or just vent), it’s definitely not the only weapon in the advocacy arsenal.

Countable and VoteSpotter are two apps enabling social advocates and political junkies to obtain info regarding issues and bills, so citizens can respond in real time to their elected officials.

We need everyone to fight for our Rights. Please contact your elected officials and tell them what’s important in your life. Remember, they work for you.

Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question. -Bernie Sanders




Links and Tips to File Taxes for Free

February 28, 2013 43 comments

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It’s tax time, and I’m here to offer a couple of links and tips to help lower-income earners get their taxes done for free. Yes, for free. To start, you will need to go to the IRS website which offers links to free file companies, but don’t pick one right out of the gate! After taking a look at what is offered, then go to your home state’s Department of Taxation and Finance website, and review the tax professionals listed there so you can ensure that the company you choose will be able to do both your federal and state taxes. This will save you time in having to reenter the information.

Secondly and more importantly, after you complete your federal taxes do not click on the link to start your state taxes; instead, go back to your state website and pick the company you used to file your federal taxes. It’s an extra step, but this will save you money. If you do not do this, you will most likely be charged for filing your state taxes and/or you will have to contact the company directly to see if you can get a promotion code to waive the charge.

Lastly, please ensure you have the most up-to-date information available regarding filing your tax returns, deductions, tax scams and phishing by reviewing your state’s home page as well as the IRS homepage.

May your tax filing be easy, fast and a plentiful return!

The tax man’s taken all my dough,
And left me in my stately home,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
And I can’t sail my yacht,
He’s taken everything I’ve got,
All I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon…
-Ray Davies of The Kinks singing “Sunny Afternoon”

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Free Money, Back Taxes and Phishing…Oh My!

February 25, 2012 2 comments

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Well, it’s that time of year again, and I’ve noticed an uptick in a couple of beneficial programs as well as a warning regarding phishing so I thought I would share them with you.  First off, we have a tax refund alert for those who did not file in 2008; in addition, there is free money for those who will save their tax refunds, and lastly a reminder to not fall prey to an IRS phishing scam.

IRS 2008 Tax Refund alert: calling all low wage earners from 2008 who didn’t make enough to file their taxes, but paid taxes throughout the year.  You can still claim your tax refund by April 17, 2012; if not, it goes back to the US Treasury.  For further information, please check out this article from ABC World News Tonight.

Free Money Newsflash:

New York City’s SaveUSA program offers an incentive to save at tax time. At select Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout the City, you may have the opportunity to open a SaveUSA account when you file your taxes. Save at least $200 of your refund for a year and earn 50 cents for every $1 you save. Save $1,000 for the maximum $500 match.”

And it appears this program is getting around so check with your local tax representative for further information:

“Residents who save part of their 2010 tax refund for a year will get a 50 percent match for every dollar saved up to $1,000. The program, “Save USA,” operates in New York and is expanding into Newark, San Antonio and Tulsa, Okla.”

Now that you have ways to make money, please don’t fall prey to scam artists who are phishing for your green!  If you receive an email or text in regards to your refund delete it!  The IRS never emails or texts.  For more information, the IRS released the “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012.”  Believe it or not, the IRS tax site has great information including tax advocacy, local offices, and how to file for free.

I hope this information proves useful, and your refund is all you expected it to be and then some!

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

Don’t ask me what I want it for
If you don’t want to pay some more
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me.

-George Harrison