RECENT DCA NEWS:
Bring Home Those Tax Prep Savings!
On February 10, we held our first-ever NYC Free Tax Prep-a-Thon in all five boroughs. We helped New Yorkers file their taxes for free and claim deductions and tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and NYC Child Care Tax Credit (NYC CCTC). If you missed the event, there's still time to file your taxes for free using NYC Free Tax Prep if you earned $66,000 or less in 2017. You can file online using our quick, easy, and secure service OR file in person with an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer at your local NYC Free Tax Prep site. The deadline to file taxes this year is April 17. Learn more at nyc.gov/taxprep.
DCA Files Charges Against Bail Bond Agent Marvin Morgan
On February 15, DCA announced charges against bail bond agent Marvin Morgan, and several insurance and management companies for engaging in deceptive and unlawful trade practices that preyed on vulnerable New Yorkers desperate to help bring their loved ones home. DCA's charges allege numerous violations of the City's Consumer Protection Law and seeks more than $57,500 in fines and restitution for 16 consumers, and a restitution fund for the affected consumers who have not yet filed complaints. DCA's investigation found that Marvin Morgan, who owned and operated Around the Clock Bail Bonds, Marvin Morgan Bail Bond Agency, and Marvin's Fianzas & Marvin's Bail Bonds, charged illegal fees, refused to provide copies of documents to consumers, and failed to return collateral owed to consumers. While New Yorkers lost thousands of dollars each to Morgan's scam, his insurance companies and managers looked the other way. On average, the consumers cited in DCA's complaint are owed over a thousand dollars each. DCA encourages any consumers who were victims of Morgan's deceptive practices to contact the agency to file a bail bond agent complaint by calling 311, or by filing a complaint at nyc.gov/dca.
How Can We Help New Yorkers Experiencing Income Volatility?
Half, if not more, of workers are in the U.S. are now independent contractors, freelancers, on-call workers, and temporary workers. They are faced with income volatility, which refers to a month-to-month change—a loss or a gain—in income of 25 percent or more. We issued a request for information (RFI) from the public about the impacts that income volatility has on New York City workers, consumers, and businesses and how the regulatory framework, policy landscape, and financial services market might evolve to support the needs of New Yorkers experiencing income volatility. Send us your comments before March 11.
Use Your Sick Leave and Stay Home If You Have the Flu
As influenza continues to spread across New York City, Departments of Health and Consumer Affairs reminded New Yorkers that they can limit the spread of influenza by seeking care from a medical professional and staying home from work if they are sick. Thanks to NYC's Paid Sick Leave Law, New Yorkers have the right to stay home and care for themselves or their family, regardless of immigration status. If you're an employer, know your responsibilities. If you're an employee, know your rights.
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