Learning Something New Everyday Thanks to our Experts! (Betty Sexton)

You can teach an old dog new tricks. I'm calling myself that because every time we have an 11Call for Action Call an Expert week... I learn something new.




So far this week we've given you a chance to talk one-on-one with mechanics with Aspen Auto Clinic and tax experts from the Piton Foundation.

They've helped folks who had fuel leaks and brake issues... as well as others who didn't understand the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Greg Bunch with Aspen Auto Clinic says it's important to shop around when you're looking for a good mechanic. Check out their rating on the Better Business Bureau's website and ask friends and colleagues who they trust.

Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. Once you get a diagnosis for your car... take that extra step.  Call another shop and ask what they would charge for the same kind of repair.

Plus, ask for the mechanic to save your bad parts. It's one way you can be sure that what was removed from your vehicle, really needed to be taken out.

From our tax experts I learned there are more than 120 sites across the state of Colorado where those who earn $49,000 or less... can go... to get their taxes prepared and filed for free!  In Colorado Springs there are 11 sites and in Pueblo there are six.

If you'd like more information dial the United Way hotline at 2-1-1.

As always, there are some exceptions. For example, those who have had a foreclosure have more complicated returns so free help may not be available for them.

Those who earn less than $50,000 a year can also take advantage of the Education Tax Credit...if someone in their family is going to college. Credits of up to $2,500 are being offered. That can help offset the cost of tuition and books.

Experts caution... don't pay a tax prep firm extra to try and get your return faster.  They say turn around time right now for those who file electronically and request direct deposit is seven to 10 days!

I'm looking forward to the rest of the week. I'll probably learn when I need to take my dog, Buddy in for his Rattlesnake vaccine... when the vets are here on Wednesday.

We round out the week with attorneys from the El Paso County Bar Association on Thursday and realtors and attorneys with Pikes Peak Foreclosure Prevention Partnership on Friday.

Don't forget the number to dial... 457-8211 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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