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IRS offers incentive to first-time homebuyers in Arkansas

IRS offers incentive to first-time homebuyers in Arkansas

The Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) recently introduced a program that offers a Federal Tax Credit for First-Time-Homebuyers.  It is called the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program.  The MCC Program is offered by the Internal Revenue Service to encourage borrowers to buy their first home. 

For borrowers that qualify, if offers them up to a $2,000 Federal tax credit for each year that the house they are buying is used as their principal residence.  To qualify borrowers must be first-time-homebuyers, except in targeted counties; must meet household income limits, which vary by county; and not exceed a purchase price of $225,000.  The MCC is not part of the home financing, but rather an incentive the IRS offers to get first-time-homebuyers to buy a home.

Get your plate in shape

Get your plate in shape

Coalition Educates Children, Adults on What, When and How to eat to be Healthy, Combat Obesity

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Feb. 28, 2012) – March is National Nutrition Month® and a good time to “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Arkansas was named the ninth most obese state in the country, according to the eighth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, nearly one-third of our state’s adults – 30.6 percent – are obese.

While these statistics are staggering, they represent only part of the health problem in Arkansas.  Obesity is a primary contributor to serious chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.  According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 53 percent of Arkansas adults are living with at least one chronic disease.  

Providers needed for Summer Food Program

Providers needed for Summer Food Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking schools, nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are willing to provide children with nutritious meals and snacks during the summer as part of the agency’s Summer Food Service Program.

This 100 percent federally-funded program was created to ensure low income children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year don’t go hungry when school is not in session.

Last year, 150 providers at more than 400 sites across Arkansas served more than 1.4 million meals to children.

Girls get ready for 'Camp iRock'

Girls get ready for 'Camp iRock'

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting applications for Camp iRock 2012, to be held June 3-9 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center seven miles west of Little Rock. Camp iRock is a free, week-long experience that takes advantage of interactive dialogue, workshops, and exercises to promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles and self-confidence in young girls.

The common threads among diseases that disproportionately affect minorities are poor nutrition and obesity. As a result of this epidemic, the AMHC voted to add nutrition and fitness as an overarching focus. Camp iRock was created to curve the impact of poor nutrition and obesity in Arkansas. The 2012 camp will focus on empowering young girls with the tools they need to improve their health and lifestyle choices.

Not too late to get free tax help

Not too late to get free tax help

Free Face-to-Face Tax Help Available

-- More than 80 locations across Arkansas --

-- 367K Arkansans eligible --

 

Arkansans looking for assistance with their taxes can likely find free, face-to-face help with preparing and filing at a location not too far from their homes.

The IRS-sponsored VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and TCE Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs are in their 42nd year of providing free tax assistance in communities across America. 

In Arkansas this year, there are more than 80 community locations staffed by certified volunteers who have been trained by, or with the assistance of, the IRS in basic tax law and tax form preparation.

Ever thought of running for public office on the Green Party ticket?

Ever thought of running for public office on the Green Party ticket?

The Green Party of Arkansas will be using a convention rather than a Primary Election to select the Green candidates for the Nov. 2012 General Election.

 

The Green Party of Arkansas 2012 Convention will be held  Sunday, May 6 from 2pm until completed (location to be announced).

 

Anyone interested in being a candidate must attend.  All Green Party members/supporters are encouraged to participate in the convention. Endorsements in non-partisan elections may be done at the convention.

 

The Ark. Secretary of State has a free handbook with the election rules and various forms you can download:

http://www.arkansas.gov/sbec/pdfs/2012_Running_for_Public_Office.pdf