Low income and senior citizens in the Clovis-Portales area can file free tax returns through Tax Aid, a program sponsored by the American Association for Retired People.
Tax Aid services are available through April 17 at Roy Walker Community Center and Baxter Senior Center in Clovis and at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
Tax Aid is staffed by local volunteers who are certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
Shelley Winn, local coordinator for the Roy Walker Community Center, said the free tax service is invaluable to senior and disabled citizens on fixed incomes. It allows them to keep more of their disposable income. Up to 50 percent of the tax refunds filed by the organization last year were state-only returns for Social Security income and Social Security disability recipients.
Who can file
Anyone filing personal state or federal income taxes. There is no qualifying income ceiling, however, the center does not file business taxes.
What to bring
Residents filing returns are required to provide:
• Picture ID
• Social Security card
• All W-2 forms.
Roy Walker Community Center, 316 W. 2nd, Clovis
• Hours: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday on a first come first served basis.
• Volunteer Carolyn Harris urged residents to show up early. She said a line forms outside the center by 8:30 a.m. The Roy Walker site processes 18 to 30 returns daily.
Baxter Senior Center, 908 Hickory St.
• Hours: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday — by appointment only. Phone: 575-769-7908
• Serves only senior citizens
Eastern New Mexico University
College of Business building, rooms 137 and 138. Phone: 575-356-8576
• 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
Top three tax errors
Winn said the three most common tax mistakes are:
• Not including all W-2 forms.
• Failing to take allowable medical deductions.
• Claiming energy credits that are not allowable.