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Extension offers Nevadans tax preparation tips online

Posted 2/23/2010

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

The Web site is an interactive learning environment delivering information from Cooperative Extension experts from all over Nevada and the United States. The site’s “Ask an Expert” feature, accessible through, 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, also allows visitors to read through questions that have already been posed, such as:

To reach the Ask an Expert feature, go to and click on the icon for “Managing in Tough Times” on the homepage. You can also go to to ask questions or read through already-posted questions and answers.

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