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Owens offers tax help for North Country residents

North Country Congressman Bill Owens announced last week a new section of his website dedicated to promoting free tax filing services for upstate New Yorkers.

Owens, a Democrat, represents New York's 23rd Congressional District.

"Correctly filing one's taxes can be a confusing and stressful process, and very few people know that there are free services available that can help them through these procedures," he said.

"During tough economic times, every penny counts and it is important that qualified tax specialists are available to the general public to help them receive the largest refund possible."

Owens has added outreach to his congressional website, located at owens.house.gov. New features of the website include information on how to file taxes both electronically and by mail.

AARP offers free services, run by certified tax preparers, for low-to-moderate income taxpayers of all ages every year. Upstate New Yorkers can find the nearest tax aide site by visiting Owens' website.

A number of organizations in New York also partner with the IRS to run a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). This free service, staffed by IRS certified tax preparers, is open to taxpayers making $50,000 or less.

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