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Be a Volunteer for EITC Awareness Day
Help us spread the word to eligible New Yorkers about tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and free tax preparation and financial counseling services.
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DCA Joins Flatiron Partnership and Two Flatiron Businesses to Kick off the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season
DCA Joins Flatiron Partnership and Two Flatiron Businesses to Kick off the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season
DCA offers list of 10 savvy shopping tips to holiday shoppers and Commissioner Menin encourages shoppers to shop local to support New York City businesses.
Read press release and get shopping tips
Learn about the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s “23 Days of Flatiron Cheerr”


DCA Launches Unprecedented Investigation into Used Car Auto Lending
DCA issued subpoenas to two auto finance companies owned by Banco Santander S.A. in order to investigate used car dealer financing practices, in particular subprime loans underwritten by lenders such as Santander and arranged for consumers by the used car dealerships. This approach aims to ensure New Yorkers with low incomes are not misled into taking out expensive loans with hidden fees to buy a used car.
Read press release
Read DCA's Used Car Buyer Guide
Does your business sell used cars? Read our inspection checklists to help avoid violations


NYC Works Better with Paid Sick Leave
NYC Works Better with Paid Sick Leave
As of July 30, more than a million workers are now able to use the sick leave they have earned to care for themselves or a family member.
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Learn more about the Paid Sick Leave Law
Read statement from Mayor de Blasio
Read DCA press release




DCA Investigates the Sightseeing Bus Industry
DCA has issued subpoenas to all 14 sightseeing bus companies in the City. DCA is committed to working with New York State Department of Transportation, which is responsible for inspecting buses every six months, and other agencies to improve safety and oversight of the industry.
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Read DCA Story on launching investigation of sightseeing bus industry


Court Upholds Tenant Screening Law

Court Upholds Tenant Screening Law
The Tenant Screening Law (Local Law 2 of 2010) requires rental agents to post a sign informing prospective tenants whether or not tenant screening reports are used. The law also requires rental agents to notify prospective tenants if they do not lease or rent to them based on information in the tenant screening report and their right to obtain a free report if the agent does not lease or rent to them based on the report. DCA enforces the law to protect New Yorkers from being blacklisted from renting a home based on inaccurate reports.
Read press release
Businesses: Download inspection checklist on tenant screening reports


DCA and Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs (MOVA) Advocate for Stronger Protections for Military Families

DCA and Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs (MOVA) Advocate for Stronger Protections for Military Families
DCA and MOVA sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to commend their proposal for changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) and to urge them to extend MLA protections to other credit products such as rent-to-own transactions and fee-based overdraft services. DCA is working with MOVA to combat scams targeting our veterans including adding a field on our complaint form.
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Read joint letter to DoD
File a complaint


DCA Launches Five-Borough Business Education Tour with the City's Chambers of Commerce

DCA Launches Five-Borough Business Education Tour with the City's Chambers of Commerce
Read press release
Learn about the Small Business Relief Package
Learn about Small Business First
Visit DCA’s Business Toolbox


Have a legal question? Ask our Legal Ombudsman

Have a legal question? Ask our Legal Ombudsman
Besides applying and renewing your license at the DCA Licensing Center at 42 Broadway in Manhattan, you can speak with our legal ombudsman on Mondays and Wednesdays or our inspector on weekdays about business laws and how to avoid violations.
Read amNewYork article introducing our legal ombudsman
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Read our inspection checklists


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