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Free Tax Help for Seniors and Lower-Income People

Free Tax Help for Seniors and Lower-Income People


Seniors and lower-income people needing help preparing their income tax returns can find free help at City of Las Vegas senior centers through April.

Volunteers from AARP will offer residents age 50 and older free assistance with personal income tax form preparation and electronic filing at four city active adult and senior centers beginning in February.

Participants in the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer similar free help to Nevada residents at the Doolittle Senior Center starting Feb. 19.

Income restrictions will apply to qualify for assistance. Advance appointments are required at all locations. Bring a copy of your 2011 income tax return and all of your applicable 2012 paperwork to the appointment. Call a center below between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment:

United Way Tax Help Season Kicks Off

United Way Tax Help Season Kicks Off


United Way of Southern Nevada will host two major tax prep assistance events over the next couple of months.

The organization recently kicked off its season of tax help, including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that will open starting Monday.

Households with an income of less than $51,000 in 2012 can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refund of up to $5,891.

In addition to more than 30 VITA sites across the Las Vegas valley that will be open January 28 through April 15, United Way is organizing two large tax preparation days:

Reid's Office Holds Mortgage Assistance Workshop

Reid's Office Holds Mortgage Assistance Workshop


Homeowners in need can find assistance this weekend via the office of Nevada Senator Harry Reid.

Representatives from Reid’s office will partner with the Nevada Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation to host a mortgage assistance workshop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

Homeowners with a second mortgage and those that are currently unemployed or underemployed may be eligible for assistance from Nevada’s Hardest Hit Fund, which is $196 million in federal funding brought to the state to help struggling homeowners. This is the third mortgage assistance workshop that Senator Reid has hosted in southern Nevada this year.

Attendees must bring the following financial documents to apply for programs through the Hardest Hit Fund:

Proof of income:

I-Team: North Las Vegas Could Close Jail, Cut 100 Jobs

I-Team: North Las Vegas Could Close Jail, Cut 100 Jobs

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- 8 News Now has learned the North Las Vegas jail is only days away from a possible takeover by Metro Police that could result in up to 100 layoffs.

Sources tell the I-Team the city of North Las Vegas is working out a deal that would close its jail and move about 170 inmates to the Las Vegas jail. The potential move would be necessary because of a $33 million dollar budget shortfall in North Las Vegas.

City Offers Free Financial Planning

City Offers Free Financial Planning

The tough economy has people looking at ways to better manage money. That is why the city of Las Vegas is putting together a free financial planning seminar.

The seminar is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kalagian Downtown Senior Center, 300 S. Ninth St. The financial planning day will offer workshops and one-on-one financial advice. Experts from the Financial Planning Association and certified financial planning professionals will be there to answer specific questions.

“I encourage all those who have been putting off planning their financial futures to participate in the free Las Vegas Financial Planning Day,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “Whether you are young and just beginning to earn, already employed or own your own business, or approaching retirement years, come and learn what you can be doing to be ready for, and planning, a good financial future.”

IRS Will Hold Open House

On Saturday you can meet with the tax man in a special open house.

The IRS is holding a special open house at its Taxpayer Assistance Center downtown. The open house is set for Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 p.m. the office is on North City Parkway and West Ogden Avenue. People will be able to ask tax experts about changes to lien polcies, payment plans, collection and examination issues. Plus, there will be people there to help preparing tax forms.

Last year at a similar event more than 35,000 people used the services.

(Associated Press contributed to this report)

Help Available for People Facing Foreclosure

Help Available for People Facing Foreclosure

The City of Las Vegas hosted a workshop Friday for people looking to save their homes from foreclosure.

Homeowners could talk face-to-face with loan specialists, housing counselors and attorneys about their individual situations. There was also a workshop to discuss general topics about foreclosure. In addition, lenders were on hand to talk with homeowners about their loans. 

The event was organized by Housing for Nevada and the Alliance for Stabilizing Communities. 

Another foreclosure workshop is set for Saturday at Palace Station Hotel and Casino inside the Grand Ballroom. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. If you are interested in going to Saturday's event pre-register at 229-HOME, make sure to collect all important documents including: