Our next RI Cross Disability Coalition Meeting will be on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Warwick Public Library from 1 to 3 pm. We will be in the lage meeting room on the first floor of the Library. The topic is:  “The Fabulous Four Sharing TIPS On Bargain Shopping.”We will have a panel of Four Fabulous women by the names of Patty Lindquist, Christina Battista, Crystal Cerullo and Allyson Dupont. They will be sharing their TIPS on how they bargain shop.

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ONE out of FIVE people are bullied; but FIVE out of FIVE can help prevent that.

Even though October has been designated as national awareness month,let us not foreget that EVERY month we need to be vigilant and not let ourselves or others fall victum to a bully or bullies.  Remember to just walk away and encourage others to do the same.  If you see something, say something…. to an adult or leader so that they can do something about it.  STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!

Did you know that the Coalition has a program entitled: “Bullying—You Are Not Alone”? We are avaliable to present this vital, and important program to your agency or group.  Let us know that you’re interested and we will set up a date.

We all know that we should never let a bully get “under our skin” and fight back, physically. Seek out help and let that person resolve it peacefully.

Recently, however, we heard in the news that a 12 year old boy who was being bullied and went into his families gun safe and got a gun.  He then went to the 13 year old boy that was bullying him and shot him.  The boy will survive but both their lives will be forever changed.

So, tell someone if you are being bullied and ask them for help.  When it gets resolved, you might just gain a new friend.  I did and I had a new friend; one that I would catch up with whenever I returned to my home town.

Above all; remenber that You Are Not Alone!

Have a great month! Peace be With You.

Jack Ringland

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) of 2017

Earned Income Tax Credit logoWhat is the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC, is a tax benefit for working people with low to moderate income. It is the largest and most successful anti-poverty program in the country. EITC can reduce the amount of tax you owe and may even give you a refund!

This can potentially benefit people with disabilities as well as staff from various community agencies in RI who earn less than $55,000.00 annually.

'Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit? 1 in 5 who do don't claim it!'Do I Qualify for EITC?

To qualify for EITC you must have earned income from working or from running or owning a business or farm and meet some other basic rules. You must file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. And you can go back 3 years and re-file your taxes if you did not claim this benefit!

Earned Income Tax Credit ad - 'put extra cash in your pocket'The IRS believes that many people who qualify for the EITC do NOT claim it, probably because they do not know about it. Don’t let that be YOU! You may be able to put more cash in your pocket!

The EITC is a credit for BOTH your Federal and State Income Tax. The STATE CREDIT FOR RI is 12.5%

What is Taxable Earned Income?

  • Wages, salaries, and tips
  • Union strike benefits
  • Long-term disability benefits received prior to minimum retirement age
  • Net earnings from self-employment
  • Gross income received as a statutory employee

Earned Income does not include:

  • Interest and dividends
  • Social security and railroad retirement benefits
  • Welfare or Veterans benefits
  • Pensions or annuities
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Alimony and Child Support
  • Foster Care payments
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Earnings for work performed while an inmate at a penal institution
  • Taxable scholarship or fellowship grants that are not reported on Form W-2

Where Can I Get More Information?

United Way of RI is responsible for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, with 23 FREE Tax Preparation Sites statewide throughout RI. Each site is staffed by IRS trained and certified volunteers who offer services in both English and Spanish. Sites opened the week of January 22, 2018.

VITA logoThe goal of VITA is to ensure that working Rhode Islanders who earn $55,000 or less annually and meet the eligibility requirements have access to FREE Tax Preparation Services to receive the money they are due in tax refunds and tax credits. free tax prep graphicVITA volunteers work to ensure that individuals who are eligible access important tax credits—such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC)— which reduce tax burden and often lead to a larger refund!

In 2017,

  • United Way of Rhode Island, in partnership with Citizens Bank, invested $210,000 to support VITA sites across the state.
  • This $210,000 investment enabled nearly 13,000 individuals and families to get free tax preparation services, returning over $23,000,000.00 directly into their pockets. $7.4 million of this was based on EITC credits.
  • Over 228 trained volunteers provided free tax preparation assistance at VITA sites across the state, volunteering over 14,747 hours.
  • The total amount saved on VITA tax preparation fees in 2017 was $4,329,000.00
Call 2-1-1 for information on the location and telephone number of the VITA Sites in RI and to make an appointment. You have nothing to lose!

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