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Tax Help is Rewarding for both Volunteers and Community

The W-2s will soon come in the mail and you know what that means – tax season will begin soon. CNM’s Tax Help New Mexico is gathering its volunteers and getting ready for another busy tax season, serving thousands of New Mexicans with free tax preparation services. Thanks to the 289 volunteers, including 76 CNM students, Tax Help was able to serve over 21,880 New Mexicans statewide last year.

Aug 31, 2016

January 2011

The W-2s will soon come in the mail and you know what that means – tax season will begin soon. CNM’s Tax Help New Mexico is gathering its volunteers and getting ready for another busy tax season, serving thousands of New Mexicans with free tax preparation services. Thanks to the 289 volunteers, including 76 CNM students, Tax Help was able to serve over 21,880 New Mexicans statewide last year.

Tax Help is not only a great community resource, but a resource for CNM employees also. CNM employees can make an appointment to have their taxes prepared by the service beginning on Feb. 4. Some CNM employees also serve as volunteers. John Boydstun, a math instructor in the School of Adult and General Education, will be entering his second tax season as a volunteer for Tax Help.

“I have done my own taxes for a few years now and know how challenging, overwhelming and complicated they can be,” he said.  “I decided to volunteer and help others through this process.”

He says that he enjoys serving as a volunteer and helping out in the community.

Tax Help New Mexico will open its doors to the community on Jan. 31 and it’s not too late to serve as a tax preparation volunteer. There is still room in the training sessions that take place Jan. 18, 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are required to take 24 hours of training and pass three tests, including an IRS certification exam, before they are certified to prepare taxes for Tax Help. Volunteers receive certificates from the Tax Help program, the IRS and the NM Taxation and Revenue department. The training includes learning how to use the tax preparation software provided by the IRS and recognizing important credits that taxpayers might be entitled to, as well as any new filing procedures for this year. Serving as a volunteer requires some time, but Boydstun says it’s well worth the effort.

“I find it rewarding because I can focus on a task, see it through to completion and help others at the same time,” he said.  “It's also fun to meet clients and see the relief on their faces when their taxes are done!  Almost always, they are very appreciative and grateful for the volunteers and the program itself.”

Tax Help is a free tax preparation service for New Mexicans who earn less than $50,000 a year or are age 65 or over. The volunteer preparers are made up of community members, Tax Help volunteers are specially trained to help community members take advantage of tax credits they may miss if they file their own taxes. Some credits that are often overlooked include the Earned Income Tax Credit or the First-Time Homebuyer Credit.

CNM employees who would like to volunteer or would like to make an appointment to have their taxes prepared should contact Jessica Spence. For more information about Tax Help, or to see if you qualify to have your taxes prepared, click here or call (505) 224-4080.