Tax help still available

Bt Thomas Garcia: QC Sun writer

With the April 15 tax deadline fast approaching, area residents can still take advantage of free tax help from Internal Revenue Service trained volunteers.

There are three sites in Tucumcari offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), helping residents file their federal and state income tax returns.

The sites are at Everyone’s Federal Credit Union, 505 E. Route 66; Eastern Plains Community Action Agency, 210 W. Center St.; and Mesalands Community College, 911 S. 10th.

“We can help people, especially those who cannot afford paid tax assistance,” said Tracey Anaya, one of the volunteers.

Spanish speaking residents can find assistance at EPCAA, said Dora Pacheco, who has provided assistance since 1987.

Anaya said the IRS-trained volunteers will discuss and determine eligibility for federal tax credits that include the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. She said tax credits can reduce federal income taxes and may result in larger refunds.

All three locations are preparing basic returns only. They are not preparing itemized or small-business returns.

If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

The IRS projects 626,000 out of 899,400 tax returns submitted by New Mexicans for 2009 will be electronically filed, according to an IRS press release

Items you’ll need to bring for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance:

• photo identifications.

• Social Security numbers or Individual Tax Identification numbers for each person listed on the tax return.

• All wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2); interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099 or 1098).

• A copy of last year’s tax return and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2009.