by WJ on Feb 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The Little Rock YouthBuild program is underway for 2017!

If you’re interested in an exciting career- and life-building experience, come to the Arkansas Workforce Center at Little Rock during the week of February 6 or February 13 and check out Mental Toughness!

The Mental Toughness phase of the program is a key milestone in identifying youth who will become part of the first of two YouthBuild cohorts planned for this year. Mental Toughness activities include:

·        Introductions to career options from actual practitioners

·       Personal assessments

·       Trust and team-building exercises

·       Leadership styles

·       Physical exercise

YouthBuild is part of the Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s (LRWDB) ongoing efforts to help youth in acquiring a GED and industry recognized and accredited certifications in in-demand career pathways like:

·        Construction

·        Industrial equipment technology

·        Home caregiver

·        Certified nursing assistant

·        Commercial truck driving

For more information on the Little Rock YouthBuild program, please contact:

Melissa Mitchell

YouthBuild Program Director

Arkansas Workforce Center at Little Rock

5401 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72209

501.320.3057  Office

501.319.4592 Cell

501.537.0729 Fax

 

 

 

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by WJ on Feb 1, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Little Rock residents can receive free tax return assistance at this annual event, which takes place the day before the Super Bowl.

Super Saturday is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building. While reservations are not required, those wishing to secure a time may call 501-682-0228.

Participants can also check to see whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax credit. The Earned Income Tax Credit is for low- to moderate-income workers. According to the IRS, four out of five eligible workers, self-employed people, and farmers claim and receive their Earned Income Tax Credit. This year, married couples with incomes of $53,505 or less from wages, self-employment or farming might qualify for the EITC. Many workers may also qualify for other tax credits. 

“So many residents qualify who may not even know it,” Mayor Mark Stodola said. “It’s worth it to find out, because the EITC helps working families and boosts economic development by injecting those funds back into our community.”

Organizations like the City of Little Rock, the Arkansas Workforce Development Board, Entergy Arkansas, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Central Arkansas Development Council work as part of the EITC Coalition to empower families and grow our communities. In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has recognized Entergy's Super Tax Day initiative as the best economic empowerment program in the country.”

The theme for this year’s Super Saturday is the resurgence of refund anticipation loans, which are interest bearing loans and not a quicker way of receiving refunds from the IRS.

To help preparers accurately determine EITC eligibility and prepare returns, individuals should bring the following items, and both spouses must be present to sign joint returns:

  • 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.
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