Dear MCAR member,

Please read the important FEMA Announcement, note that the MCAR office will be closed for Labor Day, and take advantage of member resources for tech support and education.

Kevin
Message from
Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez
Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced that the White House has approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and to support impacted residents in Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties. 
 
A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration helps people in those counties through eligibility for support including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment assistance and legal services. 
 
People who have sustained losses in the designated areas can now begin applying for assistance by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 TTY. FEMA is encouraging people to register online whenever possible. 
 
When registering, you will be asked for information, including: 
 
  • Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien 
  • Annual Household Income 
  • Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address) 
  • Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.) 
  • Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)
 
*Note: You must provide an email address if you want to review your registration status online. If you do not provide an email address, you will be required to contact FEMA for any updates to your registration.
 
People who are undocumented immigrants may be available for resources and services. For more information, visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/13/DisasterAssistanceGuideforImmigrantCaliforniansFinal.pdf (English) or https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/13/DisasterAssistanceGuideforImmigrantCaliforniansSpanishFinal.pdf (Spanish). 
Summer is going so fast! Just a reminder: Tech Helpline will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.
 
 Should you need to contact us, please email us at clientservices@techhelpline.com or call (888) 784-5404.
C.A.R. offers several resources to help you navigate the numerous changes and new information released. Below are the C.A.R. webinars we're offering you next week. If you missed a webinar, or would like to view it again, you can watch the recordings here.
How to Turn Your Home Office into a Major Tax Deduction
A home office deduction could potentially be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. Even if you have been claiming a home office deduction on your tax return for years, you're probably not getting the full tax savings you deserve.

In this webinar, you will learn:
  • Five different ways you can qualify for the home office deduction
  • The "Blueprint Magic Trick"
  • How to make more of your income qualify for a lower tax rate by setting up your home office properly.
  • The tactics used by the IRS to disqualify your home office
  • The strange way that a legitimate home office unlocks significantly more deductions for your vehicle
  • How to deduct the stuff IN your office
LoneWolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) Broker/Team Edition Best Practices in a Paperless World
Get to know the Lone Wolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) Broker/Team Edition Best Practices in a Paperless World! Lone Wolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) Broker Edition (and Team Edition) allow you to manage all of your transactions, accounts, and forms effortlessly in a comprehensive platform. Review and approve transactions and documents remotely, and seamlessly communicate with your agents on their transactions. Join us and learn how you can streamline your office workflow.
 
We will cover:
  • Sharing Transaction templates, checklists and clauses
  • Approving documents
  • Emailing and signing documents digitally
  • Sharing docs with your clients using zipCommunity™
  • LIVE Q & A - bring your questions