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Some Las Vegas residents may qualify for free tax preparation

Updated January 18, 2019 - 5:15 pm

Las Vegas seniors and low-income residents seeking assistance with tax form preparation may qualify for a free volunteer-backed city program.

Beginning between Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, depending on location, volunteers from AARP and the IRS will offer assistance with personal income tax form preparation and electronic filing at six city senior or community centers.

Volunteers are trained to help file tax forms for those with a taxable income of up to $54,000, city officials said. Appointments are required.

The locations include the Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St.; the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.; the Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave.; the Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Rd.; the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Dr. (50 and older only); and the Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave.

The program runs through the second week of April at each location. Visit AARP.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide or IRS.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers for details.

The city of Las Vegas is offering two other programs to assist residents.

First, utility tax and sewer rebates are available to low-income seniors, ages 60 and older, who reside within city limits. They may qualify for a rebate on the franchise tax paid for utilities in 2018, including electric, telephone and natural gas.

Residents may also apply for a partial rebate of their annual sewer bill.

Applicants must individually make less than $16,500 per year or $18,900 for those filing married/head of household. Applications are being accepted through March 14. Call 702-229-6454 more information on requirements to qualify and apply.

Also, in a joint effort with UNLV’s Health Sciences Department, the city offers a free lead paint remediation program. It expects to assist 85 households, primarily in older neighborhoods in wards 1, 3 and 5, through that program.

The city was awarded a three-year, $1.6 million federal grant for the project. Homeowners and/or renters must meet income qualifications to participate. Houses and apartment buildings with six or fewer units within city limits are eligible.

Call 702-229-5935 or visit LasVegasNevada.gov/lead to apply and for details.

Contact Shea Johnson at sjohnson@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0272. Follow @Shea_LVRJ on Twitter.

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