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Tax Help New Mexico Wraps Up 2010 Tax Season

CNM's Tax Help New Mexico program recently filed its final returns from the 2011 tax season. Tax Help, which provides free tax preparation services for qualifying taxpayers, generated more than $21.7 million in tax refunds this tax season and saved taxpayers an estimated $3.7 million in tax preparation fees.

Sep 01, 2016

June 2011

CNM's Tax Help New Mexico program recently filed its final returns from the 2011 tax season. Tax Help, which provides free tax preparation services for qualifying taxpayers, generated more than $21.7 million in tax refunds this tax season and saved taxpayers an estimated $3.7 million in tax preparation fees.

The service served 22,094 clients at 30 sites statewide.

On May 14, Tax Help hosted its annual luncheon to honor more than 270 student and community volunteers who helped to prepare taxes. The event was held at the CNM Workforce Training Center.

"You are the individuals who help people do something that is so fearful to them," CNM President Kathie Winograd said to the volunteers at the luncheon. She admitted that even she has a little fear of doing her own taxes, and that the service the volunteers provide helps so many people overcome that fear.

Volunteers were trained through the Tax Help program and had to pass an IRS examination. Many volunteers put in well over 100 hours preparing taxes from January 1 through April 18. One CNM student, Debra Covert, volunteered over 208 hours at multiple sites during the season.

Demesia Padilla, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, was the keynote speaker for the luncheon. Padilla is a Certified Public Accountant who began her career in New Mexico more than 25 years ago. She was an Internal Revenue Service agent before starting her own accounting firm and has served in many other influential positions before beginning her service as the Cabinet Secretary.

Tax Help New Mexico began 35 years ago as a way to provide accounting students with work experience while serving a community need.

"You will never be without a job," Padilla said to the student volunteers, encouraging them to pursue a career in accounting.

Diana Matier, director of Tax Help New Mexico, said that the experience of helping New Mexicans during her eight years with the program has been a rewarding learning experience.

"We could write a book about all the stories we've had," she said. "I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we enjoy what we do."

The Tax Help program is undergoing some change. It will now operate as part of the CNM Connect program.

Studies have shown the tremendous impact that increased financial resources have on student retention and success. Tax Help will continue to provide tax preparation services at CNM campuses for CNM students and community members during tax season. Diana Matier and Charnia Parrish will be joining the CNM Connect team and Jessica Spence will be joining the staff of the Business Office.