December 2013 e-Newsletter: Constituent Services Edition

12.15.13     Constituent Services e-Newsletter
 

Recent Press Releases:

Sen. King and Hannah Dorr of North Yarmouth Highlight Benefits of ACA for Children with Pre-Existing Conditions »

Collins, King Announce Nearly $74 Million Contract Modification for Bath Iron Works »

King Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela »

Senators Collins and King Send Letter to Secretary Shinseki Supporting Continuation of the ARCH Program in Caribou »

 

Sen. King joins with representatives from the Maine State Society and Wreaths Across America to lay a wreath on the Capitol steps to honor and remember military service members and their families who are separated this holiday season.

Sen. King tours the Advanced Structures and Composites Lab at the University of Maine in Orono. 

King chairs meeting of the Senate Rules Committee.

King meets with a constituent at Capitol Coffee.

 

Resources for Constituents

In an effort to help Mainers access resources offered by our federal government, I have highlighted a few cost-saving opportunities and support services that have been made available. Please feel free to forward this information along to other agencies or individuals in need of the services described below. 

In addition, if you need to meet with a constituent services representative please stop by one of our state offices or join us at one of our "Your Government Your Neighborhood" outreach locations.

Taxes

I have included some resources that will hopefully save you both money and time filing your taxes:

  • The Saver's Credit: Low and moderate-income employees now have an opportunity to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2013 and for future years. Learn more about who is eligible here.
  • For employers: Hire Veterans by Dec 31 and Save on Taxes. If you plan to hire soon, consider hiring veterans. If you do, you may be able to claim the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit worth thousands of dollars. Lear more here.
  • For tax-exempt organizations: The IRS recently produced this user-friendly online form to help folks through the process of applying for their organization's tax exempt status. Check it out here.

Veterans

  • Veterans to Receive 1.5% Cost-of-Living Increase in 2014. Veterans, their families, and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5% cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Learn more here.
  • My HealtheVet: The Department of Veterans Affairs is urging all veterans and service members to start using www.myhealth.va.gov to access important VA healthcare information and services. The benefits of My HealtheVet Personal Health Record include, VA prescription refills, VA notes, VA Blue Button, and secure messaging with VA healthcare providers.

Housing

  • Are you in need of housing advice? Counselors from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are available to help guide you through buying a home, renting, default, foreclosure avoidance, credit issues, and more. Best of all - their services are provided free-of-charge! For a list of the HUD-approved housing counselors in Maine click here.

Immigration Services

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently redeveloped their website to provide a more user-friendly interface including a better navigation system and tool selection for visitors. Now at www.uscis.gov you can find free online tools to:
    • Check your case status
    • Make an appointment at your local USCIS office
    • Find tips on what to do before you file your applications
    • Learn about case processing times
    • File certain forms electronically
    • Change your address
    • Research your family's immigration history

 

Please visit http://www.king.senate.gov for more updates and let us hear from you. Our toll free number in Maine is 1-800-432-1599.  

                                         

 

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Augusta, Maine 04330
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Presque Isle, Maine 04769
Phone: (207) 764-5124
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383 US Route 1, Suite 1C
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Phone: (207) 883-1588
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Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5344
Fax: (202) 224-5011
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