Ties That Bind

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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Are you one of many Oregonian grandparents missing out on a tax refund?

If you have grandchildren living with you, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Many Oregonians are not getting their share of one of the largest income tax refunds available to working people. In fact, Oregon is dead last among the 50 states in the percentage of eligible families who actually receive EITC refunds. What does that mean in real life? Fewer than 1 in 4 families get money they should.  And according to the IRS, qualifying grandparents are even more likely to miss out.

In a nutshell: if you have a social security number, if you worked last year and earned less than $40,000, and if a child younger than 19 has lived in your home for at least six months, you qualify! (As long as no one else is claiming the same child.) Of course, special rules and restrictions may apply.

The average refund is more than $3,000.

We will help walk you through the process of finding out if you qualify–and where to find free tax help. For details click over to our Money Help page. Don’t miss out!

25 Ways to Ask, “How was your day?”

Just about every child will have a one word answer to “How was school?” If you’d like to hear more, ask about something the child cares about.  
1. Who did you play with at recess?
2. Did you learn any new words?
3. What are you reading?
4. Do you have any art on the wall?
5. What is something you did today that you’d love to do every day?
6. Was anyone away from school?
7. Teach me something you learned.
8. Do you have any papers for me to see?
9. Was everyone good on the bus?
10. Did everyone have someone to play with?
11. What made your teacher smile?
12. Did anything make your teacher frown?
13. What made you feel happy?
14. Did anything make you feel sad?
15. Did you give anyone a hug?
16. What did you find difficult?
17. Did you see anyone feeling sad?
18. What is your favorite word right now?
19. Who did you have lunch with?
20. Did anything make you feel worried?
21. What was the hardest part of your day?
23. Tell me something that made you laugh.
24. Did anything make you feel frustrated?
25. Did you do something kind for someone?