North State Food Bank 2017 Tailgate Calendar

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Bringing Baby Home Workshop for New and Expecting Parents

Pregnant couples, people interested in becoming parents and those who have children who are infants or toddlers (age 0-3) sign up for this free workshop.

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SUMMER CAMPS 2017

SUMMER TIME MEANS SUMMER CAMPS!

Are you looking for something for your kids to do this summer? There are camps, classes, sports and fun for all. Registration starts soon, some scholarships are available for eligible families, be sure to ask.

CHICO AREA RECREATION DISTRICT, CHICO  CLICK HERE

FEATHER RIVER RECREATION AND PARKS DISTRICT, OROVILLE   CLICK HERE

PARADISE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT, PARADISE    CLICK HERE

YMCA OF SUPERIOR CALIFORNIA, OROVILLE   CLICK HERE

GROWNING UP CHICO MAGAZINE, BUTTE COUNTY   CLICK HERE

CARD Summer Camps and Classes

Registration for summer camps and classes starts Monday, May 1st.

There is a new registration process and everyone must create a new account. Click the link. Link to CARD

Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child is April 24th – 29th. Celebrate in Butte County with FREE events all week.

Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child is April 24th – 29th. Celebrate in Butte County with FREE events.WOYC 17 8x11color

Free Family Day at the Museum of Anthropology

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Medicare Workshop for Boomers

PASSAGES Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) is presenting Welcome to Medicare workshops for those turning 65 this year or younger adults who will be entitled to Medicare due to a disability. As people get closer to Medicare eligibility, there are several things to consider.  In light of the fact that Medicare’s coverage is much like employer group coverage it’s important to know what questions to ask:

  • How will my retiree plan work with my Medicare?
  • Can I delay enrolling into Medicare and not be penalized?
  • Do I need a drug plan?
  • Are there programs available to lower my Medicare health and prescription costs?

Join HICAP on February 9, 2017, 10 a.m. at Lakeside Pavilion, 2565 Lakeside Village, Chico.

Registration is required by calling 898-6716.  This free workshop is designed for “Boomers” and others who will be new to Medicare this year who want to understand how their Medicare benefits work.  Family members or caregivers are also welcome to attend.

People who are new to Medicare will be deluged with information from different insurance companies marketing their products.  Ronda Kramer, program manager for Passages HICAP warns signing up with the wrong plan, or not doing anything may cost new Medicare recipients thousands of dollars, and they may not be able to make changes if enrollment deadlines are missed.

For more information, call HICAP at PASSAGES at 1-800-434-0222.

2016 Annual Report

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Earned Income Tax Credit Information & Free Tax Preparation

With tax season now in full swing, Butte 2-1-1 is helping working families in Butte County get the information and assistance they need to get the most out of their returns.

2-1-1 is helping connect working families and individuals to free tax preparation assistance and providing information about the Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credit that often times goes unclaimed. Call 2-1-1 to find the free tax preparation site nearest you.

What is the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit?

EITCimmage

The Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EITC or EIC is a benefit for working people who have low to moderate income from working for someone else or running or operating their own business.

EITC is a tax credit to help people keep more of what they have earned. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. More information about EITC is available at the IRS’s website. 

Who is eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit?

Families and individuals whose adjusted gross income was less than $53,505 in 2016 may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and could receive larger refunds. It can mean up to $503 in EITC for people without children, and up to $ $6,242 for families with three or more qualifying children. See the chart bellow for specific income limits and maximum credit.

2016 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limits for Earned Income Tax CreditEITC chart

Who is a qualifying Child?

Relationship

  • Your son, daughter, adopted child, stepchild, foster child or a descendant of any of them such as your grandchild.
  • Brother, sister, half-brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister or a descendant of any of them such as a niece or nephew

Age

  • At the end of the filing year, your child was younger than you (or your spouse if you file a joint return) and younger than 19
  • At the end of the filing year, your child was younger than you (or your spouse if you file a joint return) younger than 24 and a full-time student
  • At the end of the filing year, your child was any age and permanently and totally disabled

Residency

  • Child must live with you (or your spouse if you file a joint return) in the United States for more than half of the year

What is the State Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)?

CalEITC is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals.  The CalEITC could boost income for an estimated 600,000 eligible families and individuals.

Who is eligible for CalEITC?

You may be eligible for the CalEITC if:

  • You have earned income (not from self employment) within certain limits
  • You, your spouse, and any qualifying children (same guidelines as Federal EITC) each have a social security number (SSN)
  • You do not use the “married/RDP filing separate” filing status
  • You lived in California for more than half the tax year

Review the chart below to see if you may be eligible

Flow chart of who is eligible for CalEITC

Call 2-1-1 today for more information about EITC and to find free tax preparation assistance!