By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer

Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke on Tax Day about filing for taxes and some of the credits and services the FY 2020 budget would provide for residents, particularly seniors and working families.

“We know what today is right? It’s tax day,” Mayor Bowser said during a press conference held at the United Planning Organization (UPO) Petey Greene Community Service Center. “And this means two things for D.C. residents. It’s the day before Emancipation Day and it’s the day that people in Washington, D.C. are paying their federal taxes without the federal representation that goes with it.”

Mayor Muriel Boswer spoke on Tax Day about plans to assist D.C. seniors and working families with tax relief, in a city that is taxed without official representation in the Federal government. (Courtesy Photo)

“So despite the fact that we don’t have a single vote in the Congress, Washingtonians will join millions of Americans across the nation in submitting our tax payments and or filing our tax returns by midnight.”

“We pay our taxes today and tomorrow we will continue to fight for statehood and or the votes in congress that we deserve.”

UPO, located at 2907 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue S.E., “is one of the many sites across Washington, D.C. where District residents can access free tax preparation services,” Bowser said. “I’m grateful for organizations like UPO that are providing free tax preparation services because it’s one more way that we can help D.C. residents, especially seniors and working families who are feeling the pinch.”

Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking Stephen Taylor also made note that April is also Financial Literacy Month.  “This month the District can take advantage of free educational programs resources and services that promote inclusive prosperity economic growth and personal financial well being,” Taylor said.

For more information about their services please go to www.disb.dc.gov.

The FY2020 budget proposal includes $5.2 million to expand the Schedule H tax credit for both homeowners and renters. This investment would make it possible to increase the maximum credit to $1,200 and effectively, expanding eligibility to approximately 3,000 new people, according to the mayor’s office.

The proposal would also increase the income ceiling thresholds for D.C. residents under 70 to $65,000 and to $80,000 for residents 70 years of age and older.

In addition, the plan to make a $20 million investment in workforce housing, to provide workers like teachers, social workers and hospitality workers access to housing; the $30 million boost to $130 million in total to the Housing Production Trust Fund and an additional $5 million boost to $15 million for the Housing Preservation Fund, are all efforts to provide D.C. residents with a “Fair Shot.”

Bowser was also flanked by Carolyn Matthews, vice chair on the Commission on Aging, Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, acting executive director of Capital Area Asset Builders  and Polly Donaldson, director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development.

For those seeking an extension on filing federal taxes please go to https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-4868. For information about federal taxes go to www.irs.gov. For information on local taxes go to the DC Office of Tax and Revenue at https://otr.cfo.dc.gov/ To see the full FY 2020 budget proposal and capital plan click here.