Senior News: Tax help available in Durango for seniors


    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    Due to COVID-19, the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will not be coming to Pagosa Springs to prepare federal and state income tax returns this year. VITA will be preparing 2020 tax returns at no charge as part of the VITA program in Durango. Please register at: The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000. 

    Take-out meals continue

    In order to continue providing meals, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. 

    These meals will be available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for lunch for those age 60 and better. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area. 

    The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread. 

    Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We are also continuing our Meals on Wheels program. 

    There will be no games, classes or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

    The Community Café menu

    Thursday, Jan. 21 — Gumbo, rice, milk, salad and bread pudding.

    Friday, Jan. 22 — Pork carnitas, charro beans, milk, salad and flan.

    Monday, Jan. 25 — Minestrone soup, Mexican cornbread with butter, milk, salad and chocolate chip cookies.

    Tuesday, Jan. 26 — Sausage lasagna, sauteed greens, milk, salad and chocolate cake.

    Wednesday, Jan. 27 — Sesame seed encrusted salmon on rice, asparagus, milk, salad and spice cake.

    Thursday, Jan. 28 — Meat loaf on mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli, milk, salad and peach empanada.