by Dr. Daniel Low
“I’ve never had a doctor ask,” he quipped. “Well, taxes are important, Mr. Jones,” I chuckled. Like many others, Mr. Jones had recently summoned the courage to come to his first clinic visit in nearly two years, previously avoiding the medical establishment as COVID-19 raged across the country. With so much time between our last visits, he was expecting questions about his diabetes management and colon cancer screening (which we covered), but whether he needed help filing taxes? That was not what he was expecting.
Continue reading OPINION: Wellness = Health + Financial Literacy
curated by Emerald Staff
A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!
Free Tax Preparation Online From United Way of King County
Feb. 12–Apr. 18, 2021
Continue reading NEWS GLEAMS: Free Tax Prep Online, a Volunteering Opportunity, Political Candidate Training Program, & Journalism Scholarship
United Way of King County will offer virtual Free Tax Preparation services (available in 20 languages) to low- and moderate-income working families with the assistance of IRS-certified volunteers starting on Friday, Feb. 12. The trained volunteers will help filers claim all the credits for which they are eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which is widely considered a powerful tool to help people get out of poverty. Due to the coronavirus pandemic social distancing guidelines, in-person tax preparation assistance will not be available this year.
To get started, visit United Way of King County’s “Get Free Tax Help” webpage.
by Kshama Sawant
“It should surprise no one that the Mayor who has overseen police indiscriminately tear gas protest movements is now trying to gaslight an entire city into thinking she believes that Black Lives Matter.”
Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan, who has given us torrents of tear gas, blast balls, and pepper spray, who has staunchly defended Amazon and billionaires from even minimal taxation, and who has presided over brutal austerity budgets, is now offering a 2021 budget that will only double down on hard times for Seattle’s working people and marginalized communities.
Behind her gauzy rhetoric about “reimagining policing” and the “largest-ever investment in racial equity and justice,” Mayor Durkan is proposing a business-as-usual budget that fundamentally fails working people, especially in Black and Brown communities.
Continue reading OPINION: Mayor Durkan’s Austerity Budget Fails Working People and Black and Brown Communities, Fails to Defund Police
by Sumayyah Waheed
Washington State: We’re known for our natural beauty, tech innovations, agriculture, and bold spirit. But we’ve fallen behind in one place: our upside-down, regressive tax code. In a state with so much spirit and potential, no one should be in last place. But our terrible tax code stands in the way of that.
Continue reading Washington is in Last Place — Again. Here’s How We Fix It.
by Carolyn Bick
If Mayor Jenny Durkan agrees, most of the money garnered from the Sweetened Beverage Tax will continue to fund education and nutrition programs within the communities most disproportionately affected by the tax.
Continue reading Will Sweetened Beverage Tax Money Support The Community Equitably?