Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gabby's Hand Outs

From Representative Gabrielle Giffords

Dear Mr. Bretney,

Tax season is upon us and I want to help make the process as easy as possible for you and your family.

On my website,, you will find a "Tax Resource Center" on the homepage. It offers state and federal resources to help you file your taxes.

Rebates from Economic Stimulus Package

I also urge you to file your taxes early. The earlier you file your taxes this year, the sooner you will receive your tax rebate as part of the Economic Stimulus package that passed the House and was signed into law by the President yesterday. The stimulus package will provide tax relief to qualified taxpayers of up to $300 per individual and $600 per family. To receive this rebate, you must file a tax return this year for your 2007 taxes. For more information and to see if you qualify, click here.

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

On December 19, 2007, the House passed the Temporary Tax Relief Act, to provide Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) relief to middle-class families. This legislation reformed the AMT structure to prevent middle-class American families from being overtaxed.

On February 11th, the IRS completed the reprogramming of its systems for the new AMT law and eligible taxpayers are now able to file their taxes.

Below are the links to the updated AMT forms:

oForm 8863, Education Credits

oForm 5695, Residential Energy Credits

oSchedule 2, Form 1040A, Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers

oForm 8396, Mortgage Interest Credit

Tax Filing Assistance

I have also linked the locations and hours of 14 IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Southern Arizona on my website here. The VITA Program offers free tax help to low and moderate-income individuals. Volunteers receive training and certification from the IRS so they can help citizens complete their tax forms.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Last year, about 150,000 eligible Arizona families failed to receive thousands of dollars in tax credits because they did not file a tax return. You, or someone you know, may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when you file your state and federal taxes. Last year the program served over 3361 families and brought $2.2 million in EITC refunds and $4.4 million in federal refunds back to our community. Click here to find out if you qualify to receive the ETIC.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my Tucson (520-881-3588) or Cochise County (520-459-3115) offices if you require any additional assistance or information.

Sincerely Yours,

Gabrielle Giffords
Member of Congress

Washington DC

502 Cannon House Office
Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202) 225-2542
Fax: (202) 225-0378

Congressional Office

1661 North Swan
Suite 112
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone:(520) 881-3588
Fax: (520) 322-9490

Cochise County
Congressional Office

77 Calle Portal
Suite B - 160
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone:(520) 459-3115
Fax: (520) 459-5419

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