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Community partners host CARES Act Stimulus Funds Education event for people impacted by incarceration

The East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition (EBRPPRC) is partnering with the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) and their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to offer free information and tax guidance to family members of incarcerated people on Monday, November 9th at the River Center Library in downtown Baton Rouge from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m..   The VITA tax preparation services will be by appointment only.  Those wanting to sign up to meet with the tax volunteers should call (225) 800- 2092.  A host of community partners will be offering everything from healthcare information to asset building programs to voter engagement at informational booths outside in the library courtyard insuring social distancing.  This event is open to the public.

The VITA tax preparation services will be by appointment only and inside the library in a Pandemic approved environment.  Those wanting to sign up to meet with the tax volunteers should call (225) 800- 2092.  Appointments will be first come, first serve. The special EIP return is only for people who have not filed a 2019 return, have no 2019 filing requirement, and have not received the stimulus. For EIP, all they need is ss cards for everybody on the return (no ITINs), photo ID, address, phone #, dob, occupation, IPPIN, if any, and bank routing and account #s.  For regular returns, they need all the above, plus income and deductions/credits documents.

There is metered parking, lot parking and the super rare free parking in downtown Baton Rouge.  The library is located at the corner of North Blvd and St. Louis Street, directly across from the 19th JDC and around the corner from the Baton Rouge City Court.

Partners include the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana, the Promise of Justice Initiative, EBRPPRC, the EBRPP, Capital Area United Way, United healthcare, Equipping Black Men, The Bail Project, La Bella La Femme, Southeast Legal Services, PREACH, the Power Coalition and more.

On September 24, a federal judge ruled in favor of an injunction against the IRS requiring them to stop withholding stimulus funds from incarcerated people. As a result, the filing deadline has been extended several times. As of today, the IRS will accept online filings on or by November 21.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has already issued guidance to allow the tax forms into their facilities.  The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana reached out to area Sheriffs to ask that local jails also provide forms or access to the IRS website.

Lieff Cabraser, the law firm representing the incarcerated class of people, has the most updated information available on their website (https://www.lieffcabraser.com/caresact-relief/). If there is another extension for filing, that website is like to contain that information

 

The East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition advances solutions and works collaboratively with criminal justice coalitions to reduce mass incarceration and to uphold the basic human rights of those incarcerated at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and their families through education, advocacy, transparency and accountability.

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