Free Tax Help Available at Santa Fe Community College

Editor - January 27, 2012

"100 volunteers available to assist anyone in filing their taxes..."

For the past seven years, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has hosted a free income tax preparation service in partnership with the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide. And, this year is no exception.

Last year, the service helped 8,500 clients gain more than $8.5 million in refunds. Exceptions for help in preparation may be made if the client has unusually complicated tax circumstances. And, the service is not available to small business owners who have employees or depreciation.

According to Pete Doniger, Tax-Aide district coordinator: “Anyone in Santa Fe with income less than $22,000 should get a New Mexico state refund.” Doniger also said that other new credits for this year include earned income credits of up to $5,666 for up to three children who are still in school, $300 credits for energy improvements to your home and college credits of up to $2,500 per student.

So, if you’d like your taxes prepared by Tax-Aid, bring all of the information and documents you would normally need for taxes with you to SFCC. You will also need a photo ID and Social Security cards for yourself and your children, a list of expenses if you paid for child care, college or vocational training, and a list of medical expenses and charity donations. Also, bring a blank check to receive a direct deposit into your account of your refund with no fees.

Thirty SFCC students who were trained specially for the service are among the 100 volunteers available to assist anyone in filing their taxes.

Tax-Aide is offered 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The wonderful community service will be available January 27th through March 18  and March 26 to April 16 at the Witter Fitness Center on SFCC’s campus, 6401 Richards Ave. Note: The college is closed March 17-25 for Spring Break and individuals will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Peter Doniger, Santa Fe District Coordinator, AARP Tax-Aide at (505) 670-6835 or (505) 428-1780 or