DO NOT GIVE AWAY YOUR MONEY

By Nikia Owens, Ph.D. Refund Anticipation Checks (RACs) and Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) are financial products often offered by some tax preparation companies that provide customers with an advance on their expected tax refund. RACs typically involve a fee for setting up a temporary bank account where the IRS can directly deposit the refund, which

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Can I File Taxes With No Income?

By Nikia Owens, Ph.D. Yes, you can file taxes with no income! A common misconception prevails in the complex world of personal finance and taxation: filing a tax return is unnecessary if one’s income falls below the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) threshold or if there is no income in a given year. While rooted in

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40,000 TAX FILINGS: GETTING STARTED 

By Nikia Owens, Ph.D. Campaign for Working Families (CWF) recently hosted a volunteers’ day event, marking the commencement of volunteer engagement and preparations for an ambitious goal: providing support for an estimated 40,000 tax filers in the 2024 season. This gathering was a functional exercise in logistics and a vibrant display of communal spirit and

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LEVEL-UP YOUNG PEOPLE – Understand and Manage  Your W-2 with Campaign for Working Families.  

By Nikia Owens, Ph.D. Introduction Embarking on the journey of filing taxes for the first time can be daunting, especially for young people who may have taken up summer jobs or part-time work. Understanding your W-2 form is a critical step in this process. Campaign for Working Families (CWF) is committed to guiding you through

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A Gift of Gratitude

 A Message of Heartfelt Gratitude from Campaign for Working Families by Dr. Nikia Owens, Ph.D. As we transition from the warmth of Thanksgiving to the spirit of Giving Tuesday, I am filled with profound gratitude. Reflecting on the journey of Campaign for Working Families (CWF), it’s a privilege to extend my deepest thanks to everyone who

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7 DIY Tax Steps

 By Nikia Owens, Ph.D. by Drazen Zigic on Freepik It is that time of the year, and a few people may be considering doing their own taxes. Well, think of doing your own taxes, like navigating a complex recipe. You need the right ingredients (your financial documents), a good understanding of the recipe (tax laws), and

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