February 05, 1990
Taxbreak 1990 to Air on February 11
WASHINGTON - It's that time of year again. You know it has to
be done, but it's hard to get started on your federal income tax
return. The IRS recommends you begin by watching some television.
Tax Break '90 -- a two-hour viewer call-in program -- goes
on the air over most public television stations on Sunday, Feb.
11 from 3 to 5 p.m. (EST). Veteran newsman Morton Dean will host
the program which is produced by the IRS in cooperation with
WQED-TV in Pittsburgh.
Panels composed of IRS tax technicians and private tax
return preparers will discuss such topics as how to prepare your
tax return, the importance of good tax planning, and special tax
benefits for older Americans.
If you are expecting a refund, you'll be interested in the
show's segment on electronic filing -- new this year for
taxpayers throughout the country. By filing your return this
way, you can get your refund in as little as two weeks if you opt
for direct deposit of the refund check.
If your earned income and your adjusted gross income are
each less than $19,340 and you have a child living with you,
generally, for more than half the year, you'll want to know more
about claiming that earned income credit. Using this credit, you
can reduce your tax. If your credit is larger than your tax, or
if you have no tax, you may be able to get a refund even if you
had no tax withheld from your pay. Many state and local
governments and civic groups are joining the IRS in alerting low-
income taxpayers about the advantages of filing returns and
claiming the EIC.
Viewers will be able to phone questions toll-free to IRS
specialists throughout the program and for one hour afterward.
Editor's Note: Please check your local listings for the air time
of Tax Break '90. For more information, call the Public Affairs
Office of the Internal Revenue Service in your area.
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