Extension offers Nevadans tax preparation tips online
It’s tax preparation season, and Nevadans with questions about deductions, Social Security benefits, 401(K) accounts and other personal finance issues can get thorough, reliable answers through University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and eXtension.org.
The Web site eXtension.org is an interactive learning environment delivering information from Cooperative Extension experts from all over Nevada and the United States. The eXtension.org site’s “Ask an Expert” feature, accessible through www.unce.unr.edu, provides prompt, research-based answers to a wide range of questions — from tax, retirement and personal finance issues to queries about when to plant heirloom tomatoes. The answers are provided by researchers from around the country who collaborate on their answers and provide information that’s based on sound research.
“eXtension is a great place to get solid, clear answers to questions that come up when you’re filling out your tax returns,” said Jean Hilton, a state specialist with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. “It’s fast, too.”
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Karen Hinton, who helped create eXtension and served as chairman of the eXtension Governing Committee in 2009, said answers provided on eXtension are vetted by several Extension experts and are frequently updated as new information surfaces or laws change. She said the site is receiving a lot of questions about how losing a job affects a person’s income taxes, as well as how Social Security benefits are affected when one spouse continues to work.
“There are a lot of people trying to cope with difficult financial challenges right now,” Hinton said. “So if you have doubts or uncertainties, it’s nice to know there is somewhere you can go to get reliable answers.”
In addition to asking questions, eXtension.org also allows visitors to read through questions that have already been posed, such as:
- Will unemployment hurt my credit score?
- I am overextended in terms of debt and am looking for a qualified, trustworthy professional for credit counseling. Is there an organization to consult in order to locate this type of professional?
- What provisions does the 2009 economic stimulus bill have that may affect me or my family?
- What type of records should I keep for tax-deductible business mileage?
To reach the Ask an Expert feature, go to www.unce.unr.edu and click on the icon for “Managing in Tough Times” on the homepage. You can also go to www.extension.org to ask questions or read through already-posted questions and answers.