HARLINGEN, Texas – In his latest podcast with The Rio Grande Guardian, Rev Torres reminds taxpayers that this year’s filing deadline is July 15.

Torres is part of the Texas Taxpayer Assistance Project, a division of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA).

Rev Torres

To help taxpayers get their income-tax questions answered, TRLA is holding a Facebook Live event on July 13 at 12:00 p.m. 

The livestream will feature staff with the Texas Taxpayer Assistance Project, with presentations in English and Spanish. The tax project provides free legal help on federal income tax matters to low-income Texans in the 68 counties TRLA serves. 

Tax project staff will also discuss the new deadline for non-tax-filers to register for a stimulus payment from the federal government under the CARES Act. An individual who hasn’t filed a 2019 federal income tax return may be eligible to use the free non-filers tool on IRS.gov, which is available in English and Spanish. 

The event will also address tax questions such as: 

  • What happens if I can’t file my taxes by the July 15 deadline? 
  • How do I obtain an extension on the payment of taxes? 
  • My income has declined, and I can’t afford to make tax payments. What are my options? 
  • What are my options if I owe the IRS for taxes not paid in previous years? 
  • I didn’t work, or worked very little, in 2019. Do I need to file? 

The event will be available for replay on the TRLA Facebook site.

In the podcast, Torres also gives advice on what to do if a resident has lost or had stolen their economic impact payment from the federal government.

Torres was a regular contributor on taxation issues when KHID 88.1 FM and KJJF 88.9 FM were running NPR programing in the Rio Grande Valley.

Now the stations are longer part of NPR, 88 FM radio presenter Mario Muñoz has moved over to The Rio Grande Guardian, with Torres joining him to offer expert tax advice.

Torres’ analysis has been in great demand since Congress announced it would be sending out stimulus checks to all American adults.

Readers and listeners that have questions about the economic impact payments can reach Torres via the web at TRLA.org or via telephone at 956-393-6213.

They can also submit questions to The Rio Grande Guardian by emailing [email protected].

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