Two NW sites have free tax help for needy

Volunteer income tax assistance sites have been set up in the Northwest by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

At the sites, volunteers help "low and moderate-income families reach financial stability and reinvest in their own futures" by assisting people with federal and state income tax returns, a release said. IRS-trained and certified volunteers complete returns, and "counsel clients to make sure they claim tax benefits for which they are eligible."

People can find help at the Geasa-Marana Library on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays by appointment; call 682-1006. Help is also available at Interfaith Community Services on West Ina each Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To receive help, people need photo identification, Social Security cards for each family member, proof income including W2s and 1099 forms, documentation of deductible expenses, account and routing numbers for direct deposit, and last year's tax return.

"Our goal is not only to help people get by, but to help people get ahead and save for the future," said Pia Seebach-York, financial stability program manager for United Way.

A year ago, the earned income tax credit task force helped prepare 5,727 tax returns in Pima County and another 2,278 returns in Southern Arizona. Through those efforts, filers received $9.1 million in total tax refunds, $4.6 million of which were from the earned income tax credit.


Delta adding a second Minneapolis flight

Delta Airlines is adding a second non-stop flight between Tucson and Minneapolis this Friday, Feb. 12.

The flight continues through April 4. With the addition, Delta aircraft depart from Tucson at 8:15 a.m. and 12:21 p.m., and from Minneapolis at 9:05 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.

Nine airlines are providing 65 daily nonstop departures to 15 destinations from Tucson, according to a Tucson Airport Authority release.



Jerry Bob's is giving free meal to GAP people

This Saturday, a Jerry Bob's Restaurant is providing free meals to GAP Ministries' house parents, children, staff and their families.

More than 150 meals are being given to GAP Ministries people at no charge Saturday at the 3601 N. Campbell location of Jerry Bob's.

GAP Ministries, a non-profit Tucson based social service agency, provides group residential care to 82 children in 10 family-style group homes.

In January, GAP Ministries founder and president Greg Ayers was told that, due to budget constraints, the state of Arizona was delaying contractual payments owed to GAP Ministries. "This meant that the ministry would have to delay employee paychecks and cut all non-essential spending for that time as well," a release said.

Scott Hatlevig, general manager of Jerry Bob's, learned of GAP's challenges. He approached Chris Reece, owner of two Jerry Bob's, with the idea of help.

"The owner is generously providing the food, and the kitchen and service staffs have agreed to volunteer their time," according to a GAP Ministries release. "It is amazing in times of crisis how the local community is able to come together to care for those in need."

For more information or to help, contact GAP Ministries at 7974 N. Oracle, by phone at 877-8077, extension 100, by e-mail at, or at



Achievement award for Oro valley real estate man

An Oro Valley real estate agent has been presented the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don Vallee of RE/MAX Excalibur has been affiliated with RE/MAX at least seven years, and has earned at least $3 million in commissions.

Vallee "earned his way to the top by providing our community with unparalleled service," a release said.

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