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February 2, 2015
A Taxing Issue
           Congressman Langevin and the RI Community Action Association

Dear Friends,

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Tax season is upon us, and before the April 18 filing deadline arrives, I want all Rhode Islanders to be aware of the available resources and benefits.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a wonderful resource that helps individuals with income less than $54,000 through the tax filing process. In Rhode Island, the program is sponsored by the Rhode Island Community Action Association, and I’m so grateful for the IRS-certified tax preparers who volunteer their time.

Rhode Islanders can also learn more about IRS and Rhode Island Free File programs this Friday, February 5, at 2 p.m., at my annual Free File Briefing. This year’s briefing and interactive demonstration will be at the Cranston Public Library. Many people assume they are ineligible, but 70 percent of taxpayers can actually take advantage of these free services.

If you’re planning to handle your taxes at home, make sure you know about tax credits available to you. I was proud to vote to renew and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, for example, which will help working families recoup thousands of dollars. I supported efforts to make this tax credit permanent, along with the Child Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, providing added certainty to the finances of Rhode Island households.

Lastly, be careful out there! My office has received calls from constituents targeted by scam artists posing as IRS representatives. The Internal Revenue Service will never call you to make demands for owed money or ask for personal information. When in doubt, just call my office at 401-732-9400.

Happy filing!

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin with Atrion's Tim Hebert
State of the Union
With negativity and fear-mongering dominating the headlines, it was refreshing to hear President Obama deliver a State of the Union address that highlighted the good things happening in our country. Our economy continues to grow stronger and we are leading the way on global efforts to combat climate change, but when I look at the work that remains – cutting red tape for business, tackling immigration reform, passing commonsense gun reforms and growing more American jobs – I know rhetoric alone isn’t going to get it done.
 
Congressman Langevin with Senator Claiborne Pell in 1987
Be a Mentor
January was National Mentoring Month, and I was excited to celebrate it with the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership. I have been blessed with extraordinary mentors over the years, but thousands of young people in Rhode Island lack the social network necessary to develop these life-changing relationships in their own lives. If you or someone you know has kindness to give, consider becoming a mentor.
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