IRS office open on Saturday

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The Internal Revenue Service office in Colorado Springs will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2864 S. Circle Drive.

About 200 Taxpayer Assistance Centers in more than 190 cities nationwide will be open on Saturday to provide special assistance regarding tax questions and issues.

“There are many tax credits and deductions that may help individuals struggling in tough economic times to save money on their taxes this year,” said Karen Connelly, IRS spokeswoman for Colorado.

“For example, this year many people will qualify for Earned Income Tax credit for the first time because their incomes declined, their marital status changed or because of credit expansions to help people as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under the act, taxpayers with three or more children get an extra boost with a larger credit this year,” Connelly said.

IRS employees in Colorado Springs will answer questions for taxpayers on the full range of tax law provisions such as the new allowance for $2,400 of tax-free unemployment compensation benefits. And free tax preparation and electronic filing for individuals who earn $49,000 or less will be available.

Most tax forms will be available at the Colorado Springs office, although downloadable copies of tax forms on are also available.

Taxpayers in the Colorado Springs area who will not be able to pay their full tax liability by the April 15 deadline and need to ask for an installment plan can receive assistance from IRS employees in arranging appropriate payment schedules. Individual taxpayers will also be able to get assistance with existing issues such as levies on wages or bank accounts, bills and notices and collection letters.

“We are trying to help the people of our community cope with tax-related questions and issues they may have never faced before,” Connelly said. “IRS taxpayer assistance centers are not typically open on Saturdays, but we hope making extra service available will help ease the burden some people are experiencing.”

In addition to IRS help, there are more than 12,000 free tax preparation sites nationwide that are run by community organizations partnering with the IRS.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs assist people who earn $49, 000 or less and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs assist individuals 60 and older with their 2009 income tax return preparation and electronic filing. Many of these sites have Saturday hours while others offer assistance at various times during the week. To locate the partner site nearest you, call (800) 906-9887.

Assistance in Spanish will be available by telephone in all locations; however, in Colorado Springs, face-to-face assistance in Spanish may also be available.