SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Santa Fe Community College and AARP Foundation Offer Free Income Tax Help


Santa Fe Community College issued the following announcement on Jan. 25.

Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, will host free income tax preparation assistance beginning Feb. 4 through April 15. This year, the free service will be available on an appointment basis at a new location, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. This year the Higher Education Center is the only AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in Santa Fe.

AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Santa Fe is now taking appointments either online or by calling 505-946-3615. To read more about the program and access the online registration link visit sfcc.edu/taxaide/. Those who do not have computer access can call 505-946-3615. A volunteer will return your call. The tax assistance appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. Reservations are required, however, AARP will accommodate a limited number of walk-in clients based on availability and will make reservations at the HEC on tax preparation days.

Tax-Aide services are not available during any holidays observed by the HEC including the Spring Break from March 18 through March 24. Please note: Tax-Aide services will also observe all HEC weather delays or closures (appointments affected by weather delays or closures will be re-scheduled). Visit sfcc.edu to see notices of weather delays or closures.

The State Director of AARP New Mexico Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Santa Fe Community College to offer this service through AARP’s foundation. The new location at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center has plenty of parking and is a great mid-town location to serve the community.”

In addition to providing the location for tax preparation services, SFCC accounting students who were trained specifically for the service will be among the volunteers available to assist anyone in filing their taxes.

Those seeking assistance with their tax return must have all tax forms collected prior to coming in for help. Be sure to bring all of the information and documents you need, including these items:

Copy of prior year return, if available

Photo ID of the primary filers

Social Security Card or ITINs for parents and children or dependents

Social Security year end statement

Proof of health insurance

Income documents: W-2s; 1099’s for retirement income or self-employment; interest, dividend, stock or CD sales; Unemployment (W2-G) form; Gambling win/loss documents from casinos

List and supporting documents for expenses: child care, college or vocational training, medical expenses not covered by insurance – including mileage, charity donations, property tax bills or receipts (Santa Fe and Los Alamos County only) and mortgage interest paid

To have your refund direct deposited, bring a blank check or savings card

For married filing jointly returns, both individuals must be available to sign documents

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program cannot prepare returns that include:

Rental income

Self-employment returns with expenses of $25,000 or more, home office deduction, employees, inventory or operating loss

Married Filing Separately

Royalty income with associated expenses

Casualty loss

For more information, please call 505-946-3615.

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