@DDOTDC: Semi-Annual Circulator Forum | February 25, 2014 @ 6PM

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is holding its Semi-Annual Circulator Forum. At the forum, DDOT will solicit feedback from passengers on the strengths and weaknesses of the bus system to ensure the DC Circulator continues to meet the needs of current and future riders.

The Circulator’s route performance, future route extensions (including the planned National Mall route), a potential fare increase, and current operations are among the various items that will be presented and discussed at this forum. The 2014 DC Circulator Development Plan Update, currently underway, will also be brought up at the meeting.

What: Semi-Annual DC Circulator Public Forum

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market – The North Hall

225 7th Street SE

Transit: Circulator: Union Station / Navy Yard Route

Metrorail: Eastern Market (Blue and Orange Lines)

Metrobus: Visit http://www.wmata.com

For those unable to attend this forum or who wish to submit comments at a later date please forward comments to Circe Torruellas at circe.torruellas@dc.gov or call 202-671-2847. You may also submit comments by clicking on the contact us link located on the DC Circulator website at dccirculator.com.

Norton: @EleanorNorton Tax and Financial Services Fair | February 15, 2014 @ 10AM

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that a press conference will kick off Norton’s annual free Tax and Financial Services Fair on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place NW). The Tax and Financial Services Fair will run from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The speakers at the press conference, in addition to Norton, will be announced shortly. Norton will address the status of several of her D.C. tax initiatives, such as the $5,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit, which she has introduced a bill to revive, and her bill to offer employers a $5,000 tax credit against the payroll tax liability for each new net person hired who has been unemployed for 27 weeks, which would encourage employers to look twice at the long-term unemployed.

The Tax and Financial Services Fair is for D.C. residents only, and preparation of tax forms is only available to residents with a household income of less than $52,000 a year and income only from wages, salaries, and pensions. Norton’s one-day Fair features tax preparers who serve on Norton’s Congressional Tax and Financial Services Advisory Committee, whose services are available throughout tax season, until April 15. The Fair offers not only tax preparation, but also financial services, including information on the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program, college savings plans, and how to sign-up for credit unions.

“Many residents who cannot afford commercial tax preparers pay unnecessarily because they do not know that free-of-charge IRS-certified tax preparers attached to neighborhood institutions are there to prepare their taxes,” said Norton. “We particularly want to get the word out to D.C. residents with family incomes of $52,000 or less. All D.C. residents pay federal taxes without a vote in return. These residents, above all, should not have to pay to pay.”

Members of the Tax and Financial Services Advisory Committee participating in the Fair are: AARP, Community Tax Aid/DC EITC Campaign DC EITC Campaign, DC Employees Federal Credit Union, DC Office of Tax & Revenue, George Washington University Law School, Howard University, Janet R. Spragans Federal Tax Clinic, Taxpayer Advocate Service, UDC School of Business, UDC Low Income Tax Clinic.

A major goal of Norton and the Tax and Financial Services Advisory Committee is to promote and popularize the neighborhood tax preparation sites to better acquaint residents with free tax preparers in their own neighborhoods, which operate throughout tax season. Residents who are unable to come to Norton’s one-day Fair often will find free tax services near where they live.