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Pennsylvania Simplifies Benefit Application Process for Older Adults and Individuals with a Disability

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 7:50am
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has launched a simplified application process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the food stamp program, for older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities.

Citizenshipworks Opens the Door for Millions of U.S. Immigrants Eligible to Naturalize

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:15pm
Citizenshipworks is a new web-based platform that helps legal permanent residents (green card holders) navigate the naturalization process step-by-step, and can connect them to online or in-person legal help through a national network of nonprofit legal service providers.

Free Family Law Help Desk in Scranton - June 13

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:47am
Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. will be sponsoring a free Family Law Help Desk on June 13 at the Family Court Administration Office, 200 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA. To apply for the Family Law Help Desk contact Lackawanna Pro Bono at (570) 961-2714.

Free Workshop: Removing Barriers to Employment Due to Criminal Background - June 22 in Chester

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 8:07am
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will be holding a free workshop entitled "Removing Barriers to Employment Due to Criminal Background" on Wednesday June 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the PA CareerLink Delaware County in Chester, PA. Registration is required. Please call 610-447-3350.

Legal Aid of SE PA Presentation in Darby - June 19

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 1:25pm
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania will visit the Darby Borough Community Development Corporation at the Darby Free Library on June 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm to provide information about its services and the ways it can assist in civil legal matters.

PUC, Governor and EIS Council Host ‘Black Sky’ Exercise to Prepare for Large-Scale Outage Event

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 8:51am
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the Office of the Governor hosted a “Black Sky” tabletop exercise on June 3, bringing together key stakeholders in government, utilities and nonprofit organizations to discuss state-level response to large-scale, hazardous events.

IRS Warns of Latest Scam Variation Involving Bogus “Federal Student Tax”

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 8:10am
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.”

FTC To Host September Workshop On Testing Effectiveness of Consumer Disclosures

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:49am
The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop on Sept. 15, 2016, to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information.

IRS Marks National Military Appreciation Month; Free Tax Guide Focuses on Tax Benefits for Members of the Military

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 9:30am
May is National Military Appreciation Month, and the Internal Revenue Service wants members of the military and their families to know about the many tax benefits available to them. One way is though the Armed Forces Tax Guide, a free booklet packed with valuable information and tips designed to help service members and their families take advantage of all tax benefits allowed by law.

Legal Rights and Unemployment Compensation Workshop (Chester County) - May 20

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:51am
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will be presenting a Free Legal Rights and Unemployment Compensation Workshop at Financial Stability Partnership of Chester County - PA CareerLink of Chester County on Friday May 20.

CFPB to Hold "Your Money, Your Goals" Training Webinars

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 9:45am
In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be holding a series of free webinars open to the public for individuals and organizations who’d like to learn how to put "Your Money, Your Goals" tools and information to work in their community.

Free Family Law Help Desk in Scranton - April 20

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:32pm
Sponsored by Lackawanna Pro Bono, this FREE event will provide the opportunity for low income individuals who have family law problems in Lackawanna County to meet briefly with a lawyer to discuss their legal problem.

Tax Time Guide: Automatic Tax-Filing Extensions Now Available; Use Free File to Get Six More Months to File

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 8:36am
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who are unable to file their tax returns on time that it’s easy to get more time to complete their return. In fact, it can even be done online.

Expungement Workshops to be Held in Coatsville

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:31pm
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will be holding Expungement Workshops in Coatesville in the coming months. These free workshops are designed to help individuals with criminal histories who may have been denied employment because of their criminal record.

Free Birth Certificate Clinic - May 7 (Kennett Square)

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:26pm
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, in partnership with the Chester County Bar Association YLD and the Chester County Bar Foundation, is holding a free birth certificate clinic on May 5, 2016, at La Comunidad Hispana - LCH, 731 W Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA.

IRS Offers New Cash Payment Option

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:06am
The Internal Revenue Service has announced a new payment option for individual taxpayers who need to pay their taxes with cash. In partnership with ACI Worldwide’s OfficialPayments.com and the PayNearMe Company, individuals can now make a payment without the need of a bank account or credit card at over 7,000 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

Public Forum on Taxpayer Services to be Held in Harrisburg on April 8

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 9:29am
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and Sen. Bob Casey, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, will hold a public forum to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations in Harrisburg on April 8, 2016.

PUC Reminds Consumers of Upcoming ‘Smart Hearings’ for UGI Natural Gas Rate Increase Request, Hosts Additional Hearing in Allentown

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 7:43am
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will host two online “Smart Hearings” and an additional in-person hearing in Allentown in an effort to make it easier for utility customers to comment on a proposed 19% rate increase for residential gas customers requested by UGI Utilities Inc.

Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:07am
Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.

Spring Disability Rights Clinics Offered in Philadelphia

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:26am
Free information on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rights and work incentives will be presented by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia at walk-in clinics on March 18, and April 1.