Tax season is gearing up, and people can sign up now to get free tax assistance from the AARP Tax-Aide program being offered at libraries.
“We have had people come to us for years and still can’t believe that we are f-r-e-e, free,” said Leonora Myers, the district coordinator for the program. “There is no charge for what we do, and that surprises people.”
The program, which is funded by the AARP Foundation, is provided in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. It is aimed toward those with low to moderate incomes and the elderly. The tax preparers are volunteers and have taken the necessary training from the IRS to be certified as tax preparers, said Myers.
The program begins Jan. 30 and continues through April 15. Tax preparers will be at the Nancy Carson Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and at the Aiken County Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
People should make appointments to receive the free tax assistance by calling the libraries.
“The libraries are helping us by taking the appointments,” Myers said. “Each year, we have always been as busy as we can handle, and I expect it to be just as busy this year.”
When people come for their appointment, they should bring all documents needed and applicable to them such as last year’s return, W-2s, 1099 forms and broker statements from 2011.
To make an appointment at the Nancy Carson Library, call (803) 279-5767. For an appointment at the Aiken County Public Library, call (803) 642-2023.
Library staff will not be able to answer questions about tax returns.