DCA eNewsletter: February/March 2017

By Newsroom America Feeds at 31 Mar 2017

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DCA Files Charges against Predatory Used Car Dealer
Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced extensive charges against Queens-based used car dealer, Major World, for deceptive financing and sales practices that result in predatory lending targeting low income and immigrant New Yorkers. The dealerships have had a long-standing practice of luring unsuspecting consumers, particularly those with limited English proficiency, with promises of great deals on used cars and financing, regardless of credit history, income, or income-to-debt ratios. DCA seeks more than $2 million dollars in consumer restitution and fines. If you were a potential victim of Major World's deceptive practices, please file a complaint online or call 311. Also, if you're planning to take our a loan when buying a used car, please read our new guide, Getting Your Finances in Gear to Buy a Used Car, which is currently available in English and Spanish, with additional languages coming soon.

DCA Urges New Yorkers to File Taxes for Free
With Tax Day (April 18) quickly approaching, we encourage New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less in 2016 to use NYC Free Tax Prep services to file their taxes safely and for free. Using NYC Free Tax Prep will ensure you are maximizing your refund by saving on costly tax preparation fees and claiming important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and New York City Child Care Tax Credit (NYC CCTC). Learn more at nyc.gov/taxprep

Already filed your taxes? What will you do with your tax refund? Get free financial counseling at an NYC Financial Empowerment Center to make the most out of your refund.

DCA Protects Immigrant New Yorkers
Together with the City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), and the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs Unit (CAU) we held a #OneNewYork Day of Action to remind fellow New Yorkers, especially those hailing from Muslim communities, that the City is committed to protecting the rights of all New Yorkers where they live, work and shop, and also offers a variety of services to those in need, regardless of immigration status or ethnicity. We continue to work closely with our community partners to educate New Yorkers about City's protections and resources. Read our Consumer Protection Tips for Immigrants, available in 11 different languages.

DCA Cares for Care Workers
On March 4, DCA joined domestic and care workers, workers' rights groups, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and NYC Commission on Human Rights for a meaningful dialogue about ensuring dignity and safety in the workplace and building stronger communities to overcome discrimination and exploitation. DCA's Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) serves as the City's focal point for labor issues and workers in New York City, giving a dedicated voice in City government to the issues facing workers. Our Paid Care Division within OLPS is dedicated to defending the rights of paid care workers, improving the quality of paid care jobs, and strengthening the paid care system. Learn more about how we protect paid care workers.

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