As we approach the month of April, I want to remind all Nevadans of the importance of filing their taxes in a timely and efficient manner in order to avoid penalties. As we all know, the month of April each year can seem intimidating. This year, taxes must be filed by April 18th. For this reason, I would like to remind seniors across the state of Nevada about the resources available to make the process of filing taxes as seamless as possible.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sets up a variety of programs each year to help with filing taxes. Two programs available to help seniors in Nevada with their taxes include the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. VITA offers tax-return preparation to seniors, as well as individuals with low incomes, disabilities, and limited English. IRS-certified volunteers work at different VITA locations and offer free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing. TCE offers help to all taxpayers, targeting individuals who are 60 years of age and older. IRS-certified volunteers at these facilities specialize in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues, as well as provide tax counseling. Information about the VITA and TCE programs, as well as locations, can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers.
Individuals may also use FreeFile for online assistance in filing taxes.
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the IRS, I want to bring to your attention a scam that is affecting many innocent taxpayers in our state who become victimized when someone impersonates an IRS agent over the telephone. I am deeply concerned by this issue that has affected so many Nevadans and am working to combat this scam in the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. To avoid phone scams during this tax season, stay on the lookout for unsolicited phone calls from thieves claiming to be IRS officials. Representatives of the IRS will never call to demand immediate payments, nor will they call without first sending a bill in the mail. Please keep in mind that the IRS will also not ask for credit or debit card information over the phone. It is important that all Nevadans are careful when giving out any personal information. To verify that a caller is authentic, you can ask for a call back number and an employee badge number and contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to verify the information given.
During this tax season, I encourage all Nevadans to take advantage of the resources available to them to get their taxes filed accurately and on time. For further questions, you can reach IRS personnel to assist you by calling (800) 829-1040, as well as reach out to representatives at the programs listed above. Please feel free to also call my Las Vegas office at (702) 388-6605 for assistance with this topic. +