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Get help with tax preparation

It’s that time of year again: Tax time. If you are puzzled by the tax law or which credits and deductions to take, or need assistance with your tax return, you may want to visit a volunteer site. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program offer free tax help if you qualify.Trained community volunteers can help you with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly for which you may qualify. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, many sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster if you have your refund deposited directly into your bank account.There are several places around the valley that offer the VITA program. Call 945-9117 to make an appointment at any of these locations. If you are in Rifle or Parachute, you may also call 625-1366. A tax counselor will also be at the site during the times indicated for nonscheduled appointments.This service will be offered from Monday, Feb. 13, through April 7.Locations offering VITA:n Glenwood Springs, 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays or 1-4 p.m. Thursdays at CMC Senior Programs, or by appointment. n Spring Valley, 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Spring Valley CMC Quigley Library, or by appointment n Basalt, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Basalt Library, or by appointment n Carbondale, 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 28 at Carbondale Senior Housing Commons Two, or by appointment n Rifle, 9 a.m. to noon Mondays at Rifle Senior Center, or by appointment n Parachute, by appointment only, Parachute Library


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