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Working Californians win the Fight for $15

April 4, 2016 Today, we took a big step forward in our fight for justice for home care workers and families. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), which creates a plan to raise California’s minimum wage incrementally to $15 by 2022, and provides all workers with paid sick days. “We must bring balance to an unbalanced system,” said the governor minutes before he signed the bill. For home care providers, including UDW’s 92,000 IHSS workers, this new law will have a monumental impact. Currently, we make on average just $10.71 an hour, and work without […]

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Take advantage of FREE tax prep & find out if you qualify for the CA Earned Income Tax Credit

Take advantage of FREE tax prep & find out if you qualify for the CA Earned Income Tax Credit

The deadline for filing our IRS tax returns – Monday, April 18th – is approaching. And this year, a new cash back tax credit is easing the financial stress of many California families. The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a new state tax credit aimed at putting much needed money back in the hands of California’s lowest income families. The CalEITC has the potential to help about 600,000 families – including qualifying IHSS home care providers. The credit will boost incomes and help many low-wage workers provide for their families. With the CalEITC, families who live paycheck to […]

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Important tax update for IHSS providers who live with their clients (IRS notice 2014-7)

Important tax update for IHSS providers who live with their clients (IRS notice 2014-7)

UPDATE – 11/3/2016: According to the latest guidance from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), wages received by Waiver Personal Care Services (WPCS) and/or In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers who live in the same home as the recipient of those services are not considered part of gross income for federal income tax purposes. CDSS recently mailed the ‘Live-In Provider Self-Certification Information Notice’ and the ‘Live-In Self-Certification Form For IRS Federal Tax Wage Exclusion’ (SOC 2298) forms to providers with the same address as their IHSS client. Those providers are candidates to claim the IRS Wage Exclusion from Federal Income Tax. SOC 2298 allows […]

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Important dates and forms for the new IHSS timesheet rules

Important dates and forms for the new IHSS timesheet rules

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has made changes to IHSS program rules related to the 2016 implementation of overtime, travel time, and medical wait time. Some of these rules affect the way we complete our IHSS timesheets. We advise all providers to be aware of the following dates and required forms. MARCH 15, 2016 CDSS mailed several informational notices and forms to IHSS providers and recipients. March 15, 2016, is the date by which your client must review, complete, and postmark IHSS form SOC 2256 – the In-Home Supportive Services Program Recipient and Provider Workweek Agreement. Note: this […]

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Good news for IHSS parent and grandparent providers!

Good news for IHSS parent and grandparent providers!

Overtime for IHSS providers was a hard fought, much deserved victory for us all. Finally, after decades of exclusion from this basic labor protection, homecare providers, like most other workers, will be paid time and a half for overtime hours starting February 1, 2016. UDW has been working hard to make sure overtime is a benefit that will help improve the lives of all IHSS providers and their families. The new overtime workweek limits have been a concern for a relatively small number of family providers who work very high hours every week. Some of these providers are parents who […]

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