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Free tax preparation for low income Lubbock families

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It's tax time and the Coalition for Community Assistance Volunteers, CCAV, will open its doors Tuesday to give free tax preparation for qualifying families.

"You qualify by meeting certain income requirements like $45,000 for a family of four or $27,000 for a single person," said Lesley Washington, CCAV advisory board member.

For years the CCAV has been helping low income families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program allowing them to file their taxes free of charge. Families that qualify just have to bring in their tax forms along with a few other items.

"Social security cards for anyone mentioned on the tax return, those having income as well as children being claimed. They need to bring a picture ID, and they also need to bring any sort of evidence of deductions they want to take," said Washington. A voided check is also needed if you plan on getting a return back.

While the services are free, it's a first come first served basis. "People have in the past started lining up an hour or two before the doors open. I think it tends to build as it gets closer to the April 18th deadline, so it's good to come early," she said.

This year there are three extra days to file a tax return, and that's not the only changes you can expect to see.  "If you're claiming a teacher education expense, or tuition and fees deduction you should not file until end of February. Congress passed a regulation late so the IRS is not prepared for those deductions," said Washington.

To get free help from CCAV their office is open: 

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5p.m. to 8p.m.

Wednesday from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

Saturday from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

All day on April 18th.

To visit their website (click here) or you can call 806-687-2228 for more information.

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