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MPLP Newsletter - Spring 2007

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Issue 33 Spring


Table of Contents


Elder Law

Family Law

Housing Law

Public Benefits



MPLP 2007 Events

MPLP 2007 Taskforces



With one month to go in the 2006 tax season and ICAN E-File has already totaled $1.75 million returned to low-income wage earners in Michigan. This passes last years' season ending mark of $1.4 million and it is only March 5th.

I-CAN E-File is web-based software developed by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County that allows low-income workers to electronically file their income taxes and apply for the EITC online at no charge. It is written at a 5th grade literacy level and is available in English and Spanish. And, thanks to continuing support from the Michigan Credit Union League, I-CAN!-EIC also allows low-income Michigander's to file their Michigan state tax returns and claim the Michigan Home Heating and Homestead Property Tax credits.

The Michigan Poverty Law Program has partnered with Michigan credit unions and Michigan Works! agencies as well as other legal aid programs to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit and ICAN E-File to low-income wage earners in Michigan. Over 100 credit unions are participating in this year's campaign.

For more information on ICAN E-file and other free tax preparation services see

Steve Gray

Michigan Poverty Law Program
Ann Arbor, Michigan

E L D E R   L A W - Articles by Alison Hirschel , MPLP Elder Law Attorney

Free Tax Help Available for the Elderly

MPLP Seeks to Advocate on Issue of Lack of Dual Certification of Nursing Home Beds for Medicare and Medicaid

Michigan’s Implementation of the DRA Citizenship and Identity Verification Requirement for all Medicaid Applicants and Recipients to Begin April 1, 2007

F A M I L Y   L A W - Articles by Rebecca Shiemke , MPLP Family Law Attorney

Social Security and Child Support

10 Custody Myths and How to Counter Them

H O U S I N G   L A W - Articles by Jim Schaafsma, MPLP Housing Attorney

FY2007 Appropriations for HUD Set

P U B L I C   B E N E F I T S - Articles by Lisa Ruby, MPLP Public Benefits Attorney

Welfare Reform

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