The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: March 2019
Free Tax Return Preparation for Seniors
If you need help preparing your tax return, learn about the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs:
VITA Program: If you make $52,000 or less, IRS-certified volunteers can inform you about tax credits for which you may qualify and prepare a basic tax return with electronic filing.
TCE Program: If you are 60 years of age or older, you may qualify for free tax help from IRS-certified volunteers who specialize in issues unique to seniors.
There are thousands of locations across the United States where you can get free tax help through the VITA and TCE programs. For help, call 800.906.9887.
Join Me at Super Best Grocery Store—March 12
Delegates Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Ben Barnes, Mary Lehman, and I have been working to protect our healthcare, our federal employees threatened again with a shutdown, and our seniors. To answer your questions and help, we’ve scheduled mobile office hours on Saturday, March 12, at Super Best grocery store on Route 197 near Contee Road. From 12–2 pm, I'll be there to hear your concerns. I hope to see you.
Evening of Jazz to Support Local Students—March 24
There are a lot of problems in our country and in our world. But there are also a lot of good people who are making good things happen for our neighbors.
Nearly 30 years ago, Joe Fisher set out to help low income kids get prepared to get into—and succeed in—college. And he's done it. First Generation College Bound, his nonprofit, has a life-changing effect on young people to realize a dream that often seemed out of reach—to be the first in their family to earn a post-secondary degree.
And if you'd like to help Joe and his kids, you can attend a great evening of jazz on Sunday, March 24, from 4–7 pm at Laurel High School to support their College Success program. Visit www.fgcb.org to buy tickets and learn more.
We Want to Hear Your Views
The 2019 Maryland legislative session continues through March and ends on April 8. Delegates Peña-Melnyk, Barnes, Lehman, and I are working to pass a balanced budget while protecting education, public safety, and help for seniors and the unemployed. If you have concerns on these or any other issues before this year’s legislature, please contact us at the email address or phone number below.
After April 8, we'd be pleased to attend one of your organization’s (homeowner or tenant association, business, church, or other group) upcoming meetings to report to your members on the legislature's actions, discuss local issues of concern to you, and answer your members' questions. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a mutually convenient date. If so, we request that you provide a few dates and times that would work out by contacting CommunityLiaison21@gmail.com or 301-858-3141.
Summer jobs for ages 14-22 -- deadline March 22
The Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) provides an opportunity for young people to participate in career development, life-skills training and summer employment opportunities. The deadline to apply is March 22, and employment runs from June 24 - August 2. Ages 14-17 earn $9.80/hour and ages 18-22 earn $11.50/hour. Visit YouthAtWork.mypgc.us or call 301-883-6200 to learn how to apply.
Please let us know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if we can help you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 301.858.3141.