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IRS Warns of Robo-call Scams

This week the IRS warned taxpayers that there has been a recent increase of IRS impersonation scams in the form of automated calls.  These callers are demanding tax payments and making threats against taxpayers.  The recent scams are mostly “robo-calls” where scammers leave urgent callback requests through the phone telling taxpayers to call back to settle

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Having problems with federal student loans?

Got a federal student loan complaint? The U.S. Department of Education has officially launched a new complaint site to help solve problems borrowers are having with federal student loan balances, loan servicers, debt collectors and schools’ financial aid offices. Student loan holders can file a complaint using their Federal Student Aid identification number (FSA ID) or they can

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You Can Get Tax Transcripts from IRS.gov

The IRS recently opened up its “get transcript” function on irs.gov after one year of unavailability. This tool gives taxpayers access to a copy of their tax transcripts and other important tax documents.  The IRS has strengthened its authentication process to protect against identity theft.  The new process is a two-step authentication process. To access

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Bridging the Justice Gap with “Low Bono”

The access to justice gap is wide in Arkansas. Nearly one-third of Arkansans qualify for free legal services. Arkansas’s two pro bono law firms, Legal Aid of Arkansas and Center for Arkansas Legal Services, work diligently to address the gap in access to justice.  However, a large portion of individuals who financially qualify for pro

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Tax filing season is over. Now what?

Filing season for 2015 is behind us, but many taxpayers still owe the IRS.  During May the IRS sends out many tax due notices, causing panic for many. If you can’t pay the entire balance due, you don’t have to.  The IRS has collection alternatives, including monthly payment plans.  The most important thing to do: respond to

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Update from the Executive Director

Starting in May, Lee Richardson will provide monthly updates about Legal Aid’s activities, events, and staff. Lee Richardson is the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Arkansas.  The 4th Annual Law Day Running Festival was Saturday, May 7. Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, and runners who made our event a success. We had a lower turnout

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LEGAL AID FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST DHS

The Department of Human Services has unjustifiably and arbitrarily cut Medicaid services for two individuals with severe disabilities, putting them at risk of having to leave their homes and go to nursing facilities.  In response, the two individuals, Bradley Ledgerwood of Cash, 34 years old, and Ethel Jacobs of West Helena, 90 years old, have

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Legal Aid Honors Volunteer Attorneys

In observance of Law Day, May 1, 2016, Legal Aid recognized the outstanding volunteer attorneys who donated their time to help clients who could not otherwise afford an attorney. These private attorneys help us ensure equal access to justice for all. Click the name of an Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney to view his or her

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LEGAL AID OF ARKANSAS CELEBRATES NATIONAL REENTRY WEEK

WHAT IS IT? National Reentry Week is a program created by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). WHEN IS IT? April 24-30, 2016 WHERE IS IT? Nationwide! The DOJ is partnering with national and local organizations across the country to coordinate events, and to draw attention to the importance of reentry work. WHY DO

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Legal Aid Defeats Misuse of Drunk, Insane, or Disorderly Statute

Until recently, the Craighead County District Court was using a non-criminal statute to criminally sanction people with mental illness. The CCDC has a history of imposing fines and fees on individuals arrested under A.C.A. 12-11-110, Arkansas’s Drunk, Insane, or Disorderly statute. The DID statute gives officers authority to detain someone who is an obvious danger

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