DCA eNewsletter: March 2018

By Newsroom America Feeds at 30 Mar 2018

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DCA Releases Two Reports on the Paid Care Industry in NYC
Home-based paid care work is a rapidly growing field of employment in New York City and across the nation. On March 27, 2018, DCA released two reports detailing the concerns of many home-based paid care workers who face exploitative working conditions and violations of longstanding labor standards including minimum wage and overtime laws on a daily basis. Paid care workers provide essential care to children, the elderly and disabled, as well as basic services like house cleaning. For more information about workplace laws or to file a complaint, visit nyc.gov/dca.

DCA Reminds New Yorkers to File Their Taxes for Free
With Tax Day quickly approaching, DCA reminds New Yorkers to file taxes before the April 17 deadline. If you earned $66,000 or less in 2017, use NYC Free Tax Prep to file for free and save on tax preparation fees. You can file online using our quick, easy, and secure service OR file in person at your local NYC Free Tax Prep site where IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparers help you claim deductions and tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and NYC Child Care Tax Credit (NYC CCTC). Learn more at nyc.gov/taxprep.

Do You Sell Electronic Cigarettes in NYC?
DCA would like to remind businesses that applications for Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer licenses will be accepted until April 25, 2018. Businesses can apply online or in-person at DCA's Licensing Center (42 Broadway, First Floor in Manhattan) or the Small Business Support Center (90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, Fourth Floor in Jamaica, Queens). The DCA Licensing Center and Small Business Center are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Licensing Center opens early at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Read license application checklist to submit your application before the deadline.

Are You Struggling with Your Student Loan Debt?
For National Consumer Protection Week, DCA joined multiple federal, state, and city agencies to speak about the growing consumer concern related to student loan debt, and encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of free City tools and resources including DCA's Financial Empowerment Centers and DCA's "Quick Tips Once You Have Student Loans" to help better understand their student loans and how to repay them. If you're considering taking out additional student loans, want help repaying student loans, or are having trouble with a debt in collections, a financial counselor can help you review your options. Call 311 to schedule an appointment near you or book an appointment online.

For more DCA news, visit nyc.gov/dca

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