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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.

IRS Has Refunds Totaling $950 Million for People Who Have Not Filed a 2012 Federal Income Tax Return

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 8:14am
Federal income tax refunds totaling $950 million may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2012. To collect the money, including any unclaimed Earned Income Tax Credit, taxpayers must file a 2012 tax return with the IRS no later than this year's April tax deadline.

New FTC Spanish-Language Video Tells How to Spot and Report Imposter Scams

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 7:21am
The Federal Trade Commission has introduced a new Spanish-language video about impostor scams. The video is a first-person account from a Latina who was harassed by scammers impersonating court officials and lawyers, who tried to coerce her into paying hundreds of dollars for a debt she didn’t owe.

FTC, Partners to Promote Education During National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 8:03am
The Federal Trade Commission — working with more than 100 federal, state and local agencies, consumer groups, and national organizations — will spotlight efforts to protect consumers from fraud, identity theft and other consumer issues during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 6-12, 2016.

Free Expungement Clinic in Philadelphia - March 10, 2016

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 8:49am
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia will be holding a free criminal record expungement clinic on March 10, 2016 hosted by the Columbia North YMCA, 1400 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia.

PUC Urges Households Without Heat-Related Utility Service to Take Immediate Action

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 10:41am
The Public Utility Commission urges any resident without heat-related utility service to take immediate action to seek assistance, noting that numerous utility assistance programs are available to help restore and maintain electric and natural gas service.

FTC Announces Significant Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:33am
Identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant enhancements to the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov website.

Attorney General’s Office Warns Consumers of 'IRS scam'

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:30am
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office warns of a new variation of a pervasive telephone scam that aims to defraud taxpayers. The well-known “IRS scam” has reemerged recently, but this time fraudsters are posing as U.S. Treasury agents.