from the New Mexico News Connection - A statewide news service for New Mexico
Albuquerque - The April 15th tax deadline is just a few weeks way, but help preparing and filing taxes is still available across the state. There's just a few weeks left until the annual tax deadline, but the good news for late-filers is that help is still available in the Land of Enchantment. CNM's Tax Help New Mexico program has sites open across the state that will do free tax preparation for most seniors over 65 and people with income under fifty-thousand dollars.
Program Director Diana Matier says this year there's special deductions for new car purchases and many new or altered credits that could mean cash in your pocket, "We have the first-homebuyers credit; if you went to college for the first four years you can get up to a thousand dollars cash; there's a 'making work pay' credit, so if you worked last year you're eligible to up to 400 dollars per person."
Matier says to be sure to bring your original Social Security card, state photo ID and all your tax documentation, including your property tax statement if you have one... it could mean another special deduction this year. She says to call 505-224-4TAX (or visit cnm.edu/taxhelp ) for more information and a list of sites nearby.
Matier says one of the most important pieces of advice she can give is not to procrastinate any longer, "Come on by right now, there's not that much wait at the sites right now. But if it's closer to the April 15th deadline, there will be more of a wait." She says if you must wait until the last minute, the main campus site in Albuquerque will be open until midnight on April 15th.
Diana Matier, CNM Tax Help New Mexico