Richmond IRS office to open on Saturday

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Tax day, April 15, is getting closer. If you're struggling to understand all of the credits and deductions you can take, the IRS's taxpayer assistance centers are opening Saturday to help.

IRS offices are typically not open on Saturdays, but many people can't make it in Monday through Friday since so many need help extended hours are necessary.

On Saturday, the Richmond IRS office will be one of 200 places nationwide to open it's doors with a focus on helping taxpayers.

Maria Mejias, Richmond IRS Office Manager, "Especially now with the economy with all the problems that we are going through, we are trying to do everything we can, and it's good that we have these credits.

This year many people have questions about the child tax and first time home buyers credit.

Also, more people might qualify for the earned income tax credit.

Keith Muth, Virginia Asset Management, "one of the big changes is the credit's been expanded to people with three or more children."

IRS employees will answer a wide range of tax questions on things like the new allowance of $2,400 of tax-free unemployment benefits.

Free tax prep and e-filing is available for those who earn $49,000 a year or less.

If you end up owing taxes and can't pay, the IRS can also help you with an installment plan.

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