Avoiding Tax Refund Delays: Tips for Timely Tax Prep


POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 1:55pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 7:15am

If you don't feel confident figuring the numbers on your own and need a little guidance, free tax prep service is available to residents making under $49,000 a year.

Tax prep volunteers say a lot of people here in Brownsville are eligible, from families to college students.

The service provided through the United Way has already served nearly 800 people in just about two months.

Volunteers say the biggest problem they're faced with is clients not brining all the documentation needed to file their taxes.

"It's very important that they bring the original social security number. That is one of our biggest problems because the IRS will reject your return if we don't have their name and the social security number exactly how the IRS has it on file," says Rose Gomez, VITA-Tech site coordinator.

Aside from that very important card, she adds people often forget other paperwork that is required when figuring taxes.

"If it has anything to do with taxes, please bring it, that way we'll be safe," says Gomez.

You bring it, they'll sort it. Gomez says it's better to have everything that's needed when a filing starts, rather than having to start over; this only delays the entire process, including the refund, if you're entitled to one.

The tax service provided at the I-Tech building will be running through April 15th, weekdays from 10 am to 4:30. For more information contact United Way of Southern Cameron County at 956-548-6880.


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