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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

Free help with taxes available for qualifiers

People who work but don’t earn a lot of money may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as free help preparing their tax return.

Spokane’s CASH Coalition, in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide, is making it possible to get your taxes completed by April 15. Eleven free tax-preparation sites are available to the Spokane community.

Taxpayers with the earnings of or below $38,646 ($41,646 if married filing jointly) for families with two or more children; $33,995 ($36,995 married filing jointly) for families with one child or $12,880 ($15,880 married filing jointly) if there are no children should check to see if they qualify. If you are planning to visit the site, items you should have with you include a valid driver’s license or photo identification; Social Security cards for all persons on the return; dates of birth for all persons on the return; all income statements, including W-2s, 1099s, 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; prior year tax return (if available); 2008 property tax information if you are a homeowner.

Local tax preparation sites and the days they are open through April 15 include:

•Mondays

3-7 p.m. North Spokane Public Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road

4-7 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Federal Courthouse, Room 489, 920 W. Riverside Ave.

•Tuesdays

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Numerica Credit Union, 301 N. Havana St.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Federal Courthouse, Room 489, 920 W. Riverside Ave.

3-7 p.m. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St.

4-7 p.m. YWCA, 829 W. Broadway Ave. (site closes March 31)

•Wednesdays

noon-4 p.m. Corbin Senior Activities Center, by appointment only, 827 W. Cleveland Ave., 327-1584, (paper returns only, not an e-File site)

5-7 p.m. Medical Lake City Hall, 124 S. Lefevre

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Numerica Credit Union, 301 N. Havana St.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Federal Courthouse, Room 489, 920 W. Riverside Ave.

•Thursdays

Noon-4 p.m. Northeast Community Center, by appointment only, 4001 N. Cook St., 482-0803,

5-7 p.m. Medical Lake City Hall, 124 S. Lefevre

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Numerica Credit Union, 301 N. Havana St.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Federal Courthouse, Room 489, 920 W. Riverside Ave.

•Fridays

noon-4 p.m. Cheney Library, 610 First St.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave.

1-4 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main

•Saturdays

10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cheney Library, 610 First St.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main

9 a.m.-3 p.m. YWCA, 829 W. Broadway Ave. (site closes March 31)

Call (866) 904-9060 for updates on tax site locations.



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