Tax aid offered to low income, senior citizens

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Silvia Macias, left, of Clovis has her taxes prepared Thursday by volunteer Ann Sweat of AARP tax aide at Roy Walker Recreation Center. This was Macias’ first time using the free service and Sweat has been a volunteer tax preparer for four years.

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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.