Nov 28, 2012 8:37 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Tackle your tax issues before 2013 at free clinic

TUCSON- When Ana Estrada was diagnosed with cancer and couldn't work, the bills started to pile up and so did the letters from the IRS.

"To me it's very confusing and sometimes very scary," Estrada says. "You get these letters and you don't know what they're all about."

Estrada turned to Tucson's Pio Decimo Community Center for help. "You go there and take the paperwork and they just sit there and they explain everything to you in plain English," Estrada says.

Thursday Estrada will head to Pio Decimo again for a free tax clinic.

It's open to anyone who is struggling financially, or who speaks English as a second language. "If they have problems with the IRS, if they've received a letter and they need help responding to it, or if they've been audited, we can help," says Liz Thomey of Pio Decimo.

Enrolled agents and lawyers will be on hand. They can help people set up payment plans, or just get basic tax questions answered. "You have a sense of relief and you have a sense that you're going to be in compliance," Estrada says.

For her it's a way to save time and get on track before the start of 2013.

The clinic runs from 9-4 tomorrow at Pio Decimo, located at 848 South 7th Avenue.


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