Tax Day: A Celebration of Service

Brakeyshia Samms

Today marks Tax Day – the deadline by which most Americans file their personal income tax returns. This year we managed to get three extra days to file our taxes thanks to the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. on April 15. The hard work of my fellow volunteers in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance […]

The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part two)

Melissa McChesney

Part Two: I Didn’t Have Health Insurance in 2015 It’s tax season again and like last year we are providing high-level information on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts personal income taxes. Earlier this week, we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people […]

The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part one)

Melissa McChesney

Part One: I Had Insurance in 2015 It’s tax time again, and it’s the second year people will see changes to their income tax filing because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the first of our now-annual two-part blog series on the ACA and taxes, focusing on taxpayers who had health coverage in […]

Resources Help Texans Maximize Their Tax Refund

For many Texans, their tax refund represents the largest single payment they receive all year and serves as an important part of their income. Last tax season, 2.6 million Texans claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax credit for working people with low to moderate income, earning back approximately $2,600 per filer. The […]

ACA and Your Taxes, Part Two

Melissa McChesney

Earlier this week we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people who had health insurance for all of 2014. In Part Two, we provide an overview of the impact for people who did not have health insurance for some or all of 2014. The […]

ACA and Your Taxes, Part One

Melissa McChesney

It’s tax time, and one of the big changes many people will see on their taxes this year has to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result, everyone will see new questions, and some may need to use new forms when filing their federal income taxes for 2014. In this two-part blog […]

Countdown to Coverage: Last Call to Enroll in 2015, Avoid Fines

Melissa McChesney

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period for 2015 ends February 15, but there’s still time to sign up before the deadline. If you miss the deadline you will not be able to sign up for coverage until the fall, unless you have a qualifying life event. (Exception: enrollment in Texas Medicaid and CHIP for […]

Local Austin Mom Gets A Boost to Her Savings Account After Saving Tax Refund

Sharon Jones, a 37-year-old single mom in Austin, just got a big boost to her savings account thanks to the local organization Foundation Communities of Austin and OpportunityTexas’ Tax-Time Savings Project. Through its Tax-Time Savings Project (TSP), OpportunityTexas, CPPP’s joint initiative with RAISE Texas, partners with local organizations around the state, including Foundation Communities of […]