IHSS Updates

IHSS providers may be eligible for $1200 tax credit

IHSS providers may be eligible for $1200 tax credit

Taxes are due soon, and IHSS providers may qualify for a $600 or $1200 tax credit through the Golden State Stimulus. The deadline is May 17th for providers who are eligible to file for this credit. Live-in providers whose wages are exempt from taxes may qualify by using their last paystub of the 2020 tax year which can be found on the Electronic Service portal.  Golden State Stimulus payments are being issued by the State of California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). More information about the Golden State stimulus can be found here.  Additionally, all IHSS providers can e-file their California taxes directly to the FTB by using CalFile.  To qualify, an IHSS provider must: Have […]

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IHSS providers: You can claim up to four hours for your client’s vaccine visit

IHSS providers: You can claim up to four hours for your client's vaccine visit

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has expanded to include IHSS recipients aged 16 and older. Because of this, CDSS has authorized compensation for providers who accompany their clients to receive the vaccine. Providers will be able to claim up to two hours per vaccine, four hours total. If you are already authorized to take your client to appointments, you will just need to claim these hours under that on your timesheet. If you’re not, however, you will need to fill out this Claim Form and submit it to your local IHSS office. We also recommend sending a copy to your social worker […]

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URGENT for UDW Members: Sign Updated Card to Stay a Member

URGENT for UDW Members: Sign Updated Card to Stay a Member

IMPORTANT! In order to remain a UDW member and have dues payments automatically deducted, you must reauthorize your membership here. Last month, the federal government announced the official rule change aimed at prohibiting home care providers like us from automatically deducting union dues and health care payments from our own paychecks. This new rule could go into effect as early as July 5. Read more about the rule change here. The form on www.MyUDW.org contains updated language that will allow you to continue having these payments deducted from your paycheck. We are also working hard to find a solution to help you […]

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UDW members demand lawmakers protect our privacy from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

On Tuesday, February 13, we joined IHSS providers from SEIU 2015 in a rally and lobby day at the California State Capitol. Together, we had a clear message for lawmakers: Protect the privacy and dignity of caregivers and our clients from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). We wanted legislators to know that we have serious concerns like: How will it work? Will it invade my or my client’s private lives? How much will it cost? These are important questions about the federally-mandated implementation of EVV that have yet to be decided by the state. That’s why we were at the capitol—and […]

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CDSS offers clarification on this year’s W-2

CDSS offers clarification on this year’s W-2

A lot of IHSS providers have noticed that our 2017 W-2s don’t look quite right—or at least don’t look the same as last year. Many of us are concerned that our W-2s contain errors that could cause us big headaches—or cost money—when we file our taxes. But now we can breathe easier! According to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), there is no epidemic of incorrect W-2s. Instead, your W-2 may look very different than last year because live-in caregivers are able to file a form exempting our caregiver wages from taxes. This change is making many family providers’ […]

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