News to Use Podcast Transcript: Jan. 27, 2010
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Jan. 27, 2010. Coming up, find out about free income tax assistance, census 2010, and nominations for the Human Rights Awards.
This year’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program launched January 23 at 18 sites throughout Northern Virginia. Locally known as the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign – Creating Assets, Savings and Hope – the program offers free tax preparation services to working families and individuals who earned less than $49,000 in 2009.
IRS certified volunteers will help make sure that low-income families and individuals receive the maximum tax refund to which they are entitled and help determine if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
A list of locations and items to bring for those seeking tax preparation assistance can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/
The 2010 Census officially began this week in Noorvik, Alaska; and it will start in Fairfax County in mid-March, when forms are mailed to residents. County officials want everyone to be counted because the census brings back millions of dollars for schools, roads and other important local services.
It is quick and easy to answer the census form because it is one of the shortest in history. It is only 10 questions that should take about 10 minutes to answer.
By federal law, information from census forms cannot be shared with any local, state or federal government agency, including Fairfax County. Census workers also take an oath for life to keep this information confidential. There are stiff penalties for U.S. Census Bureau employees who disclose this information, including fines of up to $250,000, up to five years in prison or both.
The U.S. Constitution requires that a census be conducted every 10 years to count everyone living in this country. Everyone must be counted — not just citizens — as stipulated by the Constitution.
The Fairfax County Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for its 32nd Annual Human Rights Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 26. The awards recognize individuals, nonprofits and businesses that advanced human rights in Fairfax County last year.
Nominees should demonstrate accomplishments to eliminate illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age or disability in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, private education and credit. These accomplishments can be a single significant action, long-term activities or corporate equality programs of an extensive and outstanding nature.
For more information and to get a nomination form, call 703-324-2953.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.