Free Tax Preparation Program 

Program Description

Each year during tax season (February-To mid-April), IRS trained and certified tax preparers at CAASNM (consisting of volunteers and temporary employees) offer free tax preparation services in English and Spanish to people in Doña Ana County with simple returns. CAASNM uses the tax preparation season for educating low-income people on the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit and linking tax refunds to asset-building activities like IDAs.

Eligibility Requirements

When fully funded through CSBG, clients’ total household income must be 125% or less the federal poverty level. Otherwise, CAASNM only considers the complexity of the return and does not have any income limits and there are no specific eligibility requirements.
Based on the AARP charter, CAASNM provides the following tax filing services:

1) CAASNM will prepare individual taxes (not partnership, S or C Corporation) and will prepare 1040’s and schedules A, B, C, simple D and simple E.
2) Schedule C’s must be sole proprietorship, and CAASNM will not do depreciation/amortization, or home office.
3) Schedule D’s will be completed as long as the taxpayer has documentation, and basis for all sales.
4) Schedule E’s (rent and royalty income) will only be completed if not claiming depreciation/amortization.

Required Documentation
1) FORM 1095-A (if you bought insurance through the MARKETPLACE) or proof of exemption. If available, bring FORM 1095-B or FORM 1095-C
2) Proof of all income for the last tax year: W-2’s, any form 1098, any form 1099 (C, G, R, int, div, misc) , SSA-1099R and tuition statements
3) Previous year’s tax return(s), if available
4) Social Security card or ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) for each person included in your taxes, including dependents
5) Some form of identification for taxpayer and spouse ( New Mexico identification card, driver’s license, passport, birth certificate)
6) Routing and account numbers for bank account (if client wants a direct deposit of his/her refund)

Areas Served:

        • Doña Ana County

Muhammad came from Pakistan and found the culture challenging as well as financially, caring for older parents and raising his children. CAASNM’s family financial empowerment program helped him save for college with an IDA and also learn about finances and saving so he could buy a home and pay for his board exams. He is now a 4th year medical student with one semester left. “CAASNM staff were very helpful and like family to me. They helped me get through their program very easily.”

Muhammad's Story

Jessica came to the first day of Kids Can Business Builders determined to do it alone. Our instructors could see no smile or willingness to join a group. As a group we shared what our hobbies are and what we do when we get home. Jessica loves to play video games all by herself after-school. Her favorite video game has a Llama character and is very popular with her peers. She felt like products with a llama would sell well at a Kids Can pop-up market. Then another young lady talked about how much she likes pink flamingos. They grouped their ideas together and created hand-woven “Flamas” and the “Flamaverse” (flamingos and llama together).  A new friendship formed and Jessica’s perspective of group work has changed. She is happier and more willing to contribute her ideas in class discussion on business topics and we can see these two girls talking and laughing, eating after-school snack together.

Jessica's Story

Annie is a participant in CAASNM’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) from Truth or Consequences.  She is a grandmother helping raise grandchildren and she also cares for her sick mother. Annie is very thankful for this program because it allows her to care for her mom and grandchildren. She has three grandchildren who live with her and she takes care of four grandchildren that don’t. The program reimburses her for nutritious food for all seven children in addition to her disabled mom.

Annie is a very special lady and has gone through a lot. She has been doing childcare for a long time. She cared for her sick father and then her husband before they passed away and now she is caring for her mom. She took a part time job at night with Walmart in-order to buy Christmas presents for of all her grandchildren, her brother and 18 year old grandson who stays to look after the children and Annie’s mom while she is working. She is a true success because she perseveres with all of her hardships, but with a little help from CAASNM.

Annie’s Story, Nutritious food for the family

I’ve really enjoyed all of Kids Can, as it has taught me so many valuable skills, from marketing to public speaking and online sales. I always enjoy talking with customers and learning how to read people to find a product they would like. The program has helped me understand people in other aspects of my life, too, and I feel confident. My business has always been a way for me to be creative and try new things

Arabella is now matriculating to Caltech as a chemical engineering student

Arabella developed “Shrinky Chains” as her business building project with Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur program, starting in 6th grade. She was recently a community spotlight on local radio stations. She makes keychains and wine glass charms, from symbols of the Southwest to sports teams. She learned marketing and public speaking, as well as marketing, financial management, and logistics.

Her experiences with Kids Can have also given her confidence and independence, which she says have made her more ready to succeed in college.

Arabella's story

A single mother of 3-year-old twins became a client of Thriving Families in 2019, referred by her physician. She was triaged to several community programs, including Aprendamos Early Intervention and HeadStart. She participated in an IDA program at CAASNM to save for education and which also improved her credit score. Her family became COVID-affected and was provided emergency assistance for utilities when she fell behind. Thriving Families continued its whole family approach to assist Bernice manage her family and also achieve her educational goals; she graduated with a degree in physiology from NMSU and will continue to her Master’s Degree.

Bernice’s Story

Thank you so much for empowering our family through the Individual Development Account award. We have increased our credit score, paid off our car and bought a home with an office for our business. Thank you for taking a chance on us and we look forward to updating you on our business ventures.

Melissa's Story