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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program – Statewide

Information courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service

You may be eligible for free assistance with filing your taxes and applying for the Earned Income Tax Credit with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). VITA volunteers are certified and trained by the Internal Revenue Service and can help you prepare a basic return.  VITA is for people with income under $54,000, people with disabilities, seniors, and others who need special help. To find the VITA location nearest you, call 1-800-906-9887 or visit https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ . Be sure to check dates and hours of operation.

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ADA and Special Needs College Scholarship – Apply by March 1, 2019

Information courtesy of The Indiana Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Coordinators’ Association

The Indiana Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Coordinators’ Association is offering two $500 scholarships for incoming college freshmen. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019.  Eligibility requirements:

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Suicide Rate Reaches Fifty-Year High – What Can Be Done?

Information courtesy of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US suicide rate has reached a fifty-year high. In 2017, there were 47,173 deaths due to suicide, a 3.7% increase over 2016.  Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Men die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women. The highest suicide rate was among adults between 45 and 54 years old. In the CDC report, the most common factors contributing to suicide included:

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Social Security and SSI to Increase for 2019 – COLA Biggest in Seven Years

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has announced that there will be a 2.8% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2019. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be the largest in seven years. The COLA for the nation’s eight million SSI recipients will begin on December 31, and the COLA will begin for Social Security recipients in January of 2019.

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Social Security 2018 Red Book

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

The 2018 Social Security Red Book is now available! This informative guide explains Social Security work incentives, how working can affect your benefits, where to find local services, and more. The Red Book is a valuable resource for anyone who receives Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, as well as educators, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals.

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