Celebrate Financial Wellness Month

January is Financial Wellness Month, an opportunity for all Americans, including individuals with disabilities, to put greater focus on their financial well-being and take the necessary steps toward financial independence and autonomy. Learn more by visiting National Disability Institute’s (NDI) website.

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Public Benefits and Work Supports 

Social Security Issues 2016 COLA Announcement

Social Security posts important changes each calendar year. This information is invaluable when using SSA work supports and making decisions regarding retirement. To see the changes for 2016, please go to the Social Security Administration’s website. To find a Work Incentive Planning Associate who can help beneficiaries learn about work supports, visit www.chooseworkttw.net.

Employment 

ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Labor released the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit to introduce employers, workers and the workforce system to the benefits of apprenticeship.  Registered apprenticeship is a proven workforce strategy that is further promoted through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The toolkit includes on-line tutorials, an apprenticeship assessment and planning tool, case studies of successful apprenticeship programs and much more.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Tax Season Is In Full Swing

Are you looking for an easy way to inform individuals about opportunities to save money and prepare their taxes for FREE, or ways to expand your existing FREE tax preparation services within your community? Then, you need MyFreeTaxes!

It’s simple to register, login and use. Visit MyFreeTaxes.com, choose the partner portal link to register and follow the prompts. Once registered, you will have access to customizable flyers, social media content and much more! FYI: the income limit has increased to $62,000 this year, making even more taxpayers eligible for FREE tax preparation services.  It’s simple, easy and FREE! Help us spread the word today and throughout the 2016 tax season!

Financial Education 

America Saves Week

Join thousands of organizations for a week (February 22-27, 2016) to promote automatic savings. America Saves Week, coordinated by America Saves, is an annual, weeklong opportunity to highlight good savings behavior and assess one's own savings status. Get the most of America Saves Week by signing up at www.americasavesweek.org.

Asset Development 

Veterans Are Assets

Veterans are a priceless asset. The dictionary defines an asset as: “past transactions that create future benefits.” How better to describe the brave men and women who served our country! Returning Veterans possess unique skills to work in a team, engage in lifelong learning and ability to meet the diverse needs of today’s employers. American Job Centers are working closely with local employers across this nation to ensure Veterans of all abilities have access to meaningful employment and training. Visit www.dol.gov/vets to learn more.

Public Policy 

Tax Extenders Package Holds Major Benefits for Individuals with Disabilities

Several weeks ago, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which – along with the Omnibus – included several provisions related to our nation's tax policy commonly referred to as the “Tax Extenders Package” or more formally known as "The Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015.” Within this piece of legislation were two major provisions that will have a profound effect on individuals with disabilities and their ability to more readily achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency. Please visit the NDI website to read more.

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Issue 22 - Jan. 2016

In This Issue

Celebrate Financial Wellness Month

Benefits: Social Security Issues 2016 COLA Announcement

Employment: ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit

Tax Preparation: Tax Season Is In Full Swing

Financial Education: America Saves Week

Asset Development: Veterans Are Assets

Public Policy: Tax Extenders Package Holds Major Benefits for Individuals with Disabilities

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