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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Reclaim inner solace
April 2, 2021

Trying to take care of yourself throughout the last year has been challenging to say the least. Many of our favorite self-care businesses or destinations were closed or not safe. This week, I’d like to offer some ways you can take care of yourself and reclaim some inner solace.

A little peace of mind goes a long way. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you may still have Covid-19. The vaccine and Covid testing are key to protecting our community and keeping us healthy. Testing is seven days a week, free, confidential and available to everyone, regardless of immigration status. 

Covid-19 is easily passed from one person to another, this is especially true now with new variants that can spread more quickly. By testing, you help identify these variants, feel safer and get reacquainted with your favorite activities. To make an appointment and learn more about available resources call (707) 565-4667 or visit SoCoEmergency.org/test.

Having extra moolah in your pocket makes us all feel a bit better. With the tax filing deadlines right around the corner, I’d like to remind you about available tax preparation resources. 

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program prepares tax returns, including electronic filing, at no cost to taxpayers. There is no income limit, and though the focus is low-to-moderate income households headed by someone 50 years and older, there is no age limit (if you're under 50, you're still welcome to use Tax-Aide services.) AARP membership is not required. Visit their website at www.aarpca2.org/sonoma-napa for specific details.

In addition, the Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation software with no income limit, plus video and/or phone assistance from a certified AARP volunteer tax counselor. Request this Alternative Tax Preparation service at aarp.org/taxaide or call 707-327-2401 to make an appointment. 

You always have the option of preparing your own taxes using the IRS Free File program, which is now open at irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free. That program includes free tax preparation software if your income is $72,000 or below. 

The United Way of Wine Country is offering its Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! program. Your taxes will be prepared for free by IRS certified preparers. To qualify for free tax help and possible earned income tax and child care credits, your combined household income must be $66,000 or under. Being a U.S. citizen is NOT a requirement. For a current list of available United Way Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! free tax preparation sites, visit www.unitedwaywinecountry.org. Who doesn’t feel good about getting their taxes done?

Some consider being physically active as the epitome of self-care. The Callinan Sports & Fitness Center is now open by reservation and our friendly staff are excited to welcome you back. Whether you want to do cardio on our Matrix equipment, build on Hoist strength, pump some iron in our full weight room, or shoot some hoops on our collegiate size basketball court -- reserve your spot today at www.cityofrohnertpark.perfectmind.com.