Low Income Tax Payers Get a Break - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/24/04

Low Income Tax Payers Get a Break

Even though it's just the second week into the tax season, many people have already filed their returns to avoid the last minute rush. But if paying to have your tax returns filed puts a dent in your pocketbook you just can't afford, a group of more than 60 local volunteers can help.

Filing your tax returns can cause you to spend money that you don't have, but the Coalition of Community Assistance Volunteers dedicates hours of their time to help low income tax payers.

"Our goal is to help them get all of the refund that is due to them," explains volunteer Marion Bryant.

And it doesn't cost a penny.

"Every penny of their refund goes into their pocket. We don't take anything. We want those who can afford it the least to have the most," she said.

Last year, the group filed over 1,500 returns, and this year, they hope to do the same.

"We're trying to establish these sights where people feel comfortable to let us file their tax return and claim as much money as they can," she adds.

Lynda, a single mother who also supports her grandchild, paid a hefty price to have her tax return filed last year. She says that it cost her about $200.

"They said it was like $80, and when it totals out, they charge you for every little-bitty thing, it kind of hurt you know," says Lynda.

It's tax payers like Lynda that the coalition hopes to help. Marion says that they can offer financial counseling to help these tax payers over come poverty.

Jack Durbin has over 40 years of tax experience, but he volunteers because he loves to help people.

"I just enjoy volunteering and just helping in the community, being active. I'm 81 years-old, and that's the way I stay healthy," he said.

Much like what he hopes the economy can be when tax payers spend their refunds in Lubbock.

"If there is a refund due, to have that money come back into the community and to help the economy in the community," he explains.

"We just want people to come and not hesitate to come and be afraid that they're not going to get the quality that they deserve and that we want to provide," said Marion.

You can file your tax returns through April 15th.

For more information, you can contact the Coalition of Community Volunteers at (806) 766-7280.

Please bring the following items to the tax help locations:

  • Forms W-2 (from every place you worked in 2003)
  • Forms 1099
  • Social Security Cards (for yourself and all dependents)
  • Picture I.D. for taxpayer
  • A copy of your 2002 Tax Return
  • Any other info that would help preparers
  • Voided Check for checking and/or deposit slips for savings (for direct deposit refunds)

Eligibility Guidelines:

Family Size: 1, Income Ceiling: $22,450
Family Size: 2, Income Ceiling: $30,300
Family Size: 3, Income Ceiling: $38,150
Family Size: 4, Income Ceiling: $46,000
Family Size: 5 or more, Income Ceiling: $52,000

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites:

  • MAHON LIBRARY -- 1306 9th St. -- Every Saturday through April 10th, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • PATTERSON LIBRARY -- 1836 Parkway -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday through April 10th, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Mondays only beginning January 26th, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • MAGGIE TREJO SUPERCENTER -- 3200 Amherst -- Tuesdays, Thursdays through April 13th, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • LUBBOCK SENIOR CENTER -- 2001 19th St. -- Wednesdays, Thursday through April 15th, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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