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Free tax preparation offered for members
February 14, 2008

Tax help could lead to reductions in amount of tax owed, tax refunds

The CRIT Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the IRS recently announced free tax help is available throughout the Parker area.

The free tax help site is located in the Employment Development & Training Office, 13390 1st Avenue in Parker, and is by appointment only. Local residents need to call (928) 669-8555 to schedule an appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

IRS trained volunteers will discuss and determine eligibility for important federal tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Telephone Excise Tax Refund. Tax credits can reduce federal income taxes and may result in refunds.

Tribal members and other area residents are asked to bring: photo identification for themselves (and their spouses); 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); a copy of last year’s tax return and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2007. If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Free electronic filing is offered at the CRIT site. Electronic filing provides the highest degree of speed, accuracy and security in filing tax returns. And Direct Deposit can increase the speed of your refund to as little as 10 days and your check can’t get lost or stolen.

Last year about 300 people took advantage of the service. For information about other free tax help sites, contact the IRS at 800-829-1040, Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., or visit the IRS’ web site at www.irs.gov.

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