Does the IRS Owe You Money?
Sherman Announces How Los Angeles Residents Can Find Out If They Have Unclaimed Tax Refunds
LA County Has $60 Million in Undelivered & Unclaimed Returns
Plus Tips to Avoid to Tax Scams & Fraud
There are 4,176 taxpayers in Los Angeles County who are owed $6,722,735 in undelivered tax refunds. In many instances, the United States Postal Service was unable to deliver refund checks due to mailing address errors. Many more individuals who have not filed are eligible for a significant refund if they do file. In California there is an estimated $200 million, and in LA County there is an estimated $60 million in unclaimed refunds payable to roughly 22,000 Angelinos. That is an average of $1,713 dollars per person nationwide. To find out the status of your refund contact the IRS directly on the “Where’s My Refund?” hotline by calling 1-800-829-1954. If you have not yet filed a return find more details at http://www.irs.gov
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Rep. Sherman Holds Five Town Hall Meetings
This past week, Congressman Brad Sherman hosted five town hall meetings in the San Fernando Valley.
On Monday March 17th, Sherman held a meeting to discuss issues facing senior citizens at the Fountainview Jewish Home. Sherman highlighted his continued work to lower the cost of prescription drugs, as well as fight against any plan that privatizes Social Security or turns Medicare into a voucher program.
Three of the town hall meetings were held at Valley high schools with a focus on issues related to students and younger citizens. During Congressman Sherman’s time in Congress he has met with students of nearly every public and private school in the San Fernando Valley. This week Sherman’s meetings were held at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, and Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City. During these town hall meetings, Sherman spoke about his work in the nation’s capital and answered questions from the students. He also presented a flag flown above the U.S. Capital to the student body president of each school.
Congressman Brad Sherman Receives Humane Advocate Award from the Humane Society
Congressman Sherman Receives Humane Advocate Award from Wayne Pacelle, President Humane Society USA
Congressman Brad Sherman received the Humane Advocate Award from the Humane Society of the United States. This is Congressman Sherman’s sixth consecutive award from the Humane Society.
Sherman was given the award for his leadership efforts on animal welfare issues and for his consistently perfect score on the Humane Society’s Legislative Scorecard.
January 17, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. It is important for residents of the San Fernando Valley to remember how vulnerable we are to earthquakes. Many Valley residents have vivid memories of the destruction caused by the Northridge Earthquake. Fifty-seven lives were lost and more than $20 billion dollars in property damage resulted from those ten seconds of violend shaking.
When calamity strikes, good preparation can help mitigate the damage caused, keep loved ones safe, and make it easier for our emergency services to respond effectively.
Here are some preparations those of us in earthquake country can make today to help make our homes and families safer.
Know your home
- Identify "safe places" in each room of your house -- under a robust table/desk or against an inside wall.
- Practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" drills in each room with your family.
- Know all the potential exits to your home.
- Plan a meeting location outside of the home for your family.
For more information about earthquake preparedness, I encourage you to take advantage of these resources:
- FEMA's Emergency Supply List
- California Governor's Office of Emergency Services: Preparing Your Family for an Emergency
- California Governor's Office of Emergency Services: Tips for the Elderly
Mortgage Modification for those Facing Hardship
Congressman Sherman helped create the HAMP program to help those having significant difficultly making their mortgage payments. The goal is to reduce foreclosures, which are a tragedy for the families involved, and adversely affect the neighborhood. Qualifying homeowners often have their payments reduced to 31 percent of their monthly pre-tax income.
For help finding out if you’re eligible for a lower payment under these new policies, you can contact our Valley office at (818) 501-9200.
You can find out if your mortgage is owned by Fannie or Freddie by going online to:
http://www.FannieMae.com/loanlookup/ or https://ww3.FreddieMac.com/corporate/, or calling 1-800-7FANNIE or 1-800-FREDDIE.
For more information you can also visit: http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/
Refinancing at Lower Rates for Those with Low Equity (or No Equity)
Mortgage rates are at historic lows and many homeowners want to refinance to reduce their monthly payments by hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But many homeowners do not have the 20 percent equity required to refinance, and some owe more than the current value of their home.
Congressman Sherman cosponsored the HOME Act which allows those with mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to refinance – even if they owe more than their home is currently worth. Even if you write your check to a major bank, your mortgage is probably owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
This provision will help create jobs in the San Fernando Valley. Homeowners who save hundreds of dollars each month are good customers for local Valley businesses. Furthermore, it does not expose the federal government to additional risk because these mortgages are already guaranteed or owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.