by WJ on Feb 25, 2016 at 4:27 PM

On February 6, 2016 the Central Arkansas Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition held its annual “Super Saturday” event at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds Arts & Crafts Building. The EITC Coalition includes the City of Little Rock, Entergy Arkansas, the Central Arkansas Development Council, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Arkansas Workforce Centers.

The event is a day of free tax preparation that is designed to help qualified working families claim up to $6,000 in the earned income tax credit. In a single day, 296 working families filed their taxes free of charge, saving them around $100,000 in preparation fees. An estimated $331,000 in additional EITC refunds will be returned to the Little Rock economy.

The theme for participants this year was “Prepare Your Future,” which emphasized the tools and resources that can help people invest in their retirement, buy a home, make improvements to their home, start their own business, and protect themselves from scams. Attendees were able to take advantage of the Super Saturday Resource Fair to get help with these types of financial questions and issues. Members of area businesses, organizations, and service providers, dressed in their favorite NFL team, “tailgated” at the fairgrounds to showcase their services for local tax customers.

As in previous years, the Super Saturday event served as a critical resource to empower families and benefit the local community!

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by WJ on Feb 24, 2016 at 3:27 PM
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Brenda Winston, Senior Business Services Consultant at the Little Rock Workforce Center (LRWFC) has been nominated for a Community Outreach Award by the Human Resource Management Association of Arkansas (HRMA). This award recognizes service to the Human Resources Management Association in the area of community service.  Individuals nominated for this award have given many hours of service on behalf of HRMA and the profession and contribute to the promotion and advancement of the HR profession through involvement in the community and HRMA.  Nominees have also shared knowledge and experience with other professionals and are committed to their own professional growth and development.

The  Community Outreach Award will be among several awards presented at HRMA’s Oscars of Leadership Development luncheon on March 3, 2016. HRMA will also recognize members in the categories of Rising Star, Distinguished Member, and Organization of the Year. The red carpet event will be held at Next Level Events - Union Train Station - Little Rock, Arkansas from 11:30 to 1:30.

As a way to reach HR professionals, the Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) is a proud sponsor of HRMA’s leadership development awards ceremony. If you are interested in attending the awards event to honor Brenda, please contact:

W.J. Monagle

Executive Director, Little Rock Workforce Development Board

501-683-3843 (O)

w.j.monagle@arkansas.gov

Congratulations on your esteemed nomination, Brenda Winston!

 

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by WJ on Feb 24, 2016 at 3:22 PM
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On February 8, 2016 the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS) announced that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Combined Plan was published for public comment. The plan is available for comment for a 30 day period that ends March 10, 2016.

Publishing the Combined Plan is the next step in the transition from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 to the new WIOA of 2014. The WIOA was signed into law on July 22, 2014 and takes full effect on July 1, 2016. Once the state Combined Plan is approved, the Little Rock Workforce Development Board will work to develop a Local Four-Year Plan and draft updates to local bylaws, policies, and procedures to reflect WIOA changes.

Please forward questions or requests for additional information to:

W.J. Monagle

Executive Director, Little Rock Workforce Development Board

501-683-3843 (O)

w.j.monagle@arkansas.gov

Farrah Hammond

Project Director, Arbor E&T DBA RESCARE Workforce Services

501-907-1930 (O)

farrah.hammond@arkansas.gov

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by WJ on Feb 4, 2016 at 1:58 PM
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Little Rock residents are encouraged to come out to Super Saturday to check their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and get help with free tax return preparation! “It is our hope that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to see whether they are eligible for the credit and to get assistance on tax preparation,” Mayor Mark Stodola said. “Economically, the EITC empowers families and benefits communities such as ours.”

The theme for participants this year is “Prepare Your Future,” which will emphasize the tools and resources that can help people invest in their retirement, buy a home, make improvements to their home, start their own business, and protect themselves from scams. This year, married couples with three or more children with incomes of $53,227 or less from wages, self-employment or farming might qualify for the EITC and save up to $6,242. In Arkansas, the average credit received was $2,608 per family for tax year 2014.

The EITC Coalition includes the City of Little Rock, the Arkansas Workforce Development Board, Entergy Arkansas, the Internal Revenue Service, Central Arkansas Development Council, Arkansas Community Institute, and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) - Arkansas Chapter among others.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

 ·         Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 – 9 am to 3 pm

 ·         Arkansas State Fairgrounds – Arts & Crafts Building (located at 2600 Howard St.,

      Little Rock, AR)

 ·         While reservations are not required, those wishing to secure a time may call

     501-682-0228 to make a 30-minute appointment.


EVENT FLYERS:

 ·         Click here to see a flyer for the Super Saturday Tax Filing event:

        Super Saturday 2016.pdf (1.10 mb)

 ·         Click here to a flyer for the Resource Fair & Tailgating event:

        Super Saturday Little Rock Tailgate 2016.pdf (341.77 kb)

 

ITEMS REQUIRED FOR TAX PREPARATION:

 ·         Photo proof of identification

 ·         Social Security cards for themselves, their spouse and all dependents claimed

 ·         All income statements including forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security,

     unemployment, and other statements such as pensions, stocks, interest and any

     documents showing taxes withheld. Self-employed participants will need records of

     all their income

 ·         All records of expenses including tuition, mortgage interest or real state taxes.

     Self-employed participants will need records of all their expenses

 ·         Copies of their prior year federal and state returns, if available

 ·         Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of their refunds

 ·         Dependent child care information, including name and addresses of those who were

     paid for the services, including caretaker’s Social Security Number or other tax

     identification number

 ·         Both spouses must be present to sign joint returns

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by WJ on Feb 2, 2016 at 4:16 PM
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The Little Rock Workforce Investment Board recently published its annual report for fiscal year 2015, which began on July 1, 2014 and ended on June 30, 2015.

As highlighted in the report, the LRWIA achieved performance goals for all nine of the common measures and all four of the local measures as contracted by the LRWIB for the second time in two years. The Board also successfully pursued 17 additional goals targeted toward the employment and training needs of special populations of persons with disabilities, homeless, ex-offenders, out-of-school youth, and veterans.

The LRWIB welcomed over 72,000 separate visits during this fiscal year, leveraging the partnership of 15 partner organizations in the Little Rock  Workforce Center (LRWFC) to provide a wide range of services.

The LRWIB implemented several innovative programs, including Little Rock YouthBuild, the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and PROMISE Grant. The LRWFC hosted a variety of events such as Citizenship and DACA Renewal Workshops; Income Tax “Super Saturday”’ a clothing, toys, and supplies drive for the Women and Children First Center Against Domestic Violence’ and multiple career fairs. The Little Rock Area Workforce Center also produced several success stories across the spectrum of customers, including youth, adults, dislocated workers, and ex-offender participants.

During the next fiscal year, the LRWIB is poised to experience the dawn of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) of 2014 as the organization transitions to the Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB).

Click here to read more about the LRWIB’s accomplishments in the FY2015 Annual Report: LRWIB Annual Report 2015.pdf (629.10 kb)

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