Posted 6:27 p.m. MST
"Happy" and "taxes" aren't generally used together; however, Claudia Hutchinson says she’s happy to file yours, and she'll do them for free.
She's a tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that United Way of Yuma County runs.
“In the end everything pays off … and [clients are] satisfied," explained Hutchinson about why she decided to volunteer.
Volunteers like her are specially trained by the IRS. Their tax prep skills include the earned income tax credit and business expenses, if they’re less than $10,000.
These days, Internet is a convenient tool to file your own taxes.
Karina Jones of United Way of Yuma County warns scams are lurking.
"[Some websites promise] fast returns … you get your return on the same day. The IRS never gives you your money on the same day. That's predatory lending," said Jones.
If you choose to self-prepare, VITA volunteers are still a useful resource.
"for some reason there was an error when you self-prepared, go ahead and come into one of our sights and ask these questions. We really encourage people to take ownership of their return.”
If you earned less than $52,000 last year, you qualify for the free federal and state income tax preparation. The locations and times are listed below.
Martin Luther King Center
300 South 13th Avenue
Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
224 South 3rd Avenue
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
663 East Main Street
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
3826 West 16th Street
Mondays and Fridays
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
San Luis UW Office
785 1st Avenue
Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.