Two MELS Webinars on Taxes, Divorce Now Online


More than 800 DC 37 members watched two virtual MELS webinars in February that are now available online. 

“The pandemic has increased the need for the legal services we provide our members,” said Bill Whalen, chief counsel and director of DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services. “We are seeing successful turnouts for the virtual webinars we’ve held to help our members with their 2020 taxes and free tax prep and matrimonial law. DC 37 continues to anticipate members’ needs in order to provide services they can really use.”


The Jan. 27 MELS Tax Tips live event had 280 DC 37 members and retirees watch MELS Co-Supervising Attorney Shelly Barasch, who is also an accountant, explain what’s new for tax year 2020, filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and more. View the video or view the slide show, here: MELS Tax Tips webinar video: MELS Tax Tips webinar slides:


The Food Bank for NYC offers free, contactless tax preparation services for low income New Yorkers to help them get the refunds and credits they are entitled to, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that can be worth up to $8,852 for some families. Food Bank for NYC:

The IRS deadline to file income taxes is April 15, 2021.


At the MELS matrimonial webinar on Feb. 18, attorneys and family court experts explained the issues decided in a divorce; how to have MELS represent you; what documentation you need to begin divorce proceedings, and more. To view the MELS Divorce Webinar visit:  MELS Divorce Webinar Slides:

For more information on the free legal services the union provides, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email


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