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IRS Proposes Revised Fees for Installment Agreements; New Lower Fee Available for Direct Debit Online Payment Agreements; Special Relief Provided to Low-Income Taxpayers

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:10am
The Internal Revenue Service is proposing a revised schedule of user fees that would take effect on Jan. 1, 2017, and apply to any taxpayer who enters into an installment agreement. Although some installment agreement fees are increasing, the IRS will continue providing reduced-fee or no-cost services to low-income taxpayers.

IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams; Encourages Students, Parents, Schools to Stay Alert

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 1:07pm
The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

New Video on The Dangers of Rent-to-Own Agreements

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:26am
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia recently released this video explaining some potential problems that may present themselves in a Rent-to-Own arrangement to purchase a house, where you live in the house as a tenant, pay rent each month, and have the rent count toward the purchase of the property.

IRS Works to Help Taxpayers Affected by Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program Changes

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 2:44pm
The Internal Revenue Service has announced important changes to help taxpayers comply with revisions to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number program made under a new law.

Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announce Major Expansion of Internet Essentials Program

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 7:35am
Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have announced a major expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials program for low-income families making an estimated total of up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes eligible for low-cost internet service.

Wolf Administration Reminds Residents to Stay Safe during Hot Weather

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:26pm
State officials are urging the public to pay close attention to local weather forecasts and take steps to stay safe during this summer heat and humidity.

Low-Income Pennsylvanians to Receive Additional Help with Home Energy Bills

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:05am
The Department of Human Services has announced that extra financial help will be provided to vulnerable Pennsylvanians who received assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, during the 2015-2016 heating season.

$288 Million in 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebates to be Distributed Starting July 1 to Older Adults, Residents with Disabilities

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:24am
More than 448,000 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania will be issued rebates totaling $288 million, starting July 1, through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, according to the Department of Revenue.

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.