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Tax help available

The Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1800 Northwest Loop 281, Suite 214A, in Longview, will be open for special hours from 9:00 site Propecia pill whithout prescription cialis a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 for taxpayers eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The expanded service is to help taxpayers who may not be able to seek assistance during the work week.
“EITC is a financial boost for working people hit by hard economic times,” said Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman in Dallas.  Many people will qualify for the first time this year because their incomes declined, their marital status changed or they added children to their families. Bigger families with three or more children get an extra boost with a larger credit this year. Workers without children also may qualify.”
Four of five eligible workers claim and get their EITC. IRS wants to raise that number to five out of five. However, workers can get their EITC only if they file federal income tax returns – even if they are not otherwise required to file – and specifically claim the credit.
EITC can put up to $5,666 into the pockets of families and individuals. The average credit last year was $2,200. Anyone with earnings under $48,362 from wages, self-employment or farming in 2010, should see if they qualify. They earned it. Now they just need to file and claim it.
Taxpayers wanting to know whether they qualify for the EITC can visit the Longview IRS office. IRS personnel will be available to answer taxpayers’ ques

tions, offer additional information about the EITC, provide publications about this valuable credit and help prepare returns claiming the credit.
Aside from IRS offices, taxpayers may also receive assistance at more than 12,000 free tax assistance sites nationwide. Taxpayers can locate the most conveniently located Volunteer Tax Assistance Site in the Longview area  by calling 1-800-906-9887.
Whether taxpayers are seeking assistance at an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center, a free income tax preparation site or from a professional tax return preparer in Longview, they should bring certain documents with them, including:
• Valid driver’s license or photo identification (self & spouse, if applicable)
• Social Security cards for all persons listed on the return
• Dates of birth for all persons listed on the return
• All income statements: Forms W-2, 1099, Social Security, Unemployment, or other benefits statements, self-employment records and any documents showing taxes withheld
• Dependent child care information: payee’s name, address and SSN or TIN
• Proof of account at financial institution for direct debit or deposit (e.g. cancelled/ voided check or bank statement)
• Prior year tax return (if available)
• Any other pertinent documents or papers
For more information about EITC and to find out if they qualify, taxpayers should visit www.irs.gov. On the IRS Web site, they’ll find the EITC Assistant, an online tool to help taxpayers determine whether they are eligible for the credit.
Taxpayers looking for the IRS online should type www.irs.gov into their Web browsers. Beware of Web sites that may resemble IRS.gov but end in .com, .net, .org, .biz or any other domain name extension. For the genuine IRS Web site, it’s www.IRS.gov.

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