PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


2020Talks - August 7, 2020 


The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Low-income New Mexicans Leave Millions in Tax Credits Unclaimed

January 8, 2007

As tax time approaches, New Mexicans are leaving between $76 million and $136 million with the IRS that could be claimed by low-income families, according to Sharon Kayne with New Mexico Voices for Children. She says a lot of folks don't know about tax credits and rebates like the federal earned income tax credit, child credits and certain state credits. She believes part of the problem is that many low-income people often file their taxes with places that offer "refund anticipation loans."

"The refund anticipation loans charge an extraordinary amount, up to a third of your rebate, and often they don't decrease the waiting time by more than a week or so. They're really considered by many to be sort of a predatory lending practice."

Kayne adds there is a free tax preparation alternative that will allow most New Mexicans to get their refund just a few weeks after filing.

"Free tax preparation is available through Tax Help New Mexico to any New Mexican who is over the age of 65 or makes less than $39,000, which is about 70 percent of the population."

Free tax preparation help offices will begin opening across the state at the end of the month and some locations will offer help in Spanish. Locations and hours are available by calling 1-800-453-1304, or visiting www.cnm.edu/taxhelp.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM