All local Social Security offices will be closed – see info about receiving continued services below

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.Please read our press release to learn more, including how to get help from the Social Security Administration by phone and online.

Here you’ll find information on Social Security office closures, safety preparedness in case of emergencies, signing up for direct deposit of your benefit payments, and more. 

Our web page is updated every 10 minutes. Please check back for the latest information about office closings and delays and to subscribe to your state/territory. Click this text link to go to the page.

Do You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The EITC is the largest, federal refundable tax credit for low to moderate-income workers.Congress enacted it in 1975, in part to offset social security taxes and provide an incentive to work.

Last year, 25 million eligible workers and families received about $61 billion in EITC. The average EITC amount was $2,504.  The EITC is as much as $6,557 for a family with three or more children, for tax year 2019. There is a smaller EITC for those with fewer than three children or taxpayers who do not have a qualifying child. EITC can be the largest single payment a taxpayer receives during the year – it canequal a few months’ wages.

EITC and the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit lift over 10 million people outof poverty annually – over half are children. Four out of five eligible taxpayers receive EITC. One in five eligible taxpayers are not receiving this valuable credit and possibly other credits, as well.  Almost a third will become eligible for the first time on their 2019 tax return, due to changes in marital, parental or financial status.

There is also free income tax preparation available through a program of volunteer tax preparers. Click this link for details about VITA.

February 12, 2020 Next Meeting of the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative

Attend the next Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  The collective meeting will begin at 10 am, and it will take place at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.  We have partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH)to host this month’s meeting.  
This month we will host a panel presentation highlighting the discussions of the 2020 Military Research Summit led by Dr. Carl Castro the Director of theUSC Military and Veterans Programs. The topic this year is Moral Injury.  We will examine, theory, measurement, and applications/implications.  
We will also have a special presentation by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, the Executive Director of the White House Task Force set to create the President’s Road-map to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS).   

Link to register for the February meeting.    
If you are interested in attending the Women Veterans or the Access & Engagement working groups, please arrive at 9 am.

Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) meeting Dec. 11, 2019

The next Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) meeting is on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  The collective meeting will begin at 10 am, and it will take place at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.  We have partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the office of Military Veterans Affairs to host the next upcoming meetings.  Please don’t forget to register for the December meeting.    
If you are interested in attending the Women Veterans or the Access & Engagement working groups, please arrive at 9 am.   
Please make sure to register for the meeting!
Get more information
lavetscollab@gmail.com 2138213617
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