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Issues on Aging: Tax Help

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Two phrases that rarely go together:

It's tax time!

Yay! It's about time!

I get it. We look at getting our taxes ready as a necessity, but not necessarily a joy. And depending on how complex our taxes are, it can be daunting and/or expensive.

Of course, one option might be to take your best guess and send your tax forms into the IRS with a smiley face sticker, but the IRS isn't generally known for a sense of humor when it comes to what you owe, so...probably not a good idea.

So what do you do if you need help, but don't have your taxman on retainer? Or if you can't really afford to pay for a tax agency to complete your stuff?

Glad you asked!

Allow me to introduce to you, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. The free program is aimed at folks 50 or older, or as noted, folks who can't afford paid tax preparation.

In Pacific County, volunteers are ready and willing to help in both Raymond and Ocean Park.

•Raymond: Raymond Library (507 Duryea Street); 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from February 11th through April 8th, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

•Ocean Park: Ocean Park Library (1308 256th Place); Wednesdays from February 1st through April 12th, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

These volunteers are very good, but even they can't produce information they don't have, so a little preparation is needed. The more tax-related information you can bring, the less likely you might have to scurry back home for it.

Identification for yourself and dependents, W-2's, last year's tax records, etc. on hand will make the process run more quickly.

This service is a first-come, first-served scenario, so no appointment is needed; just show up, sign-in and wait your turn.

The AARP Tax-Aide program has helped over 50 million people since 1968. Why not add yourself to that number?

Getting your taxes done by trained folks for free? Sounds like a good deal to me.

Information & Assistance
Long Beach:
642 3634 or 888 571 6558 Raymond:
642 2177 or 888 571 6557
www.o3a.org

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