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February 1st, 2009
Library, AARP to help with taxes

STAFF REPORT

Need help getting those complicated tax forms filled out?

Confused about tax credits?

Who isn’t?

But help is on the way for those who truly need it. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the San Marcos Public Library are again co-sponsoring a free income tax assistance program.

Volunteers from AARP will be on hand at the library beginning Feb. 2 on Mondays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-1 p.m. to help the low-income, handicapped, and elderly fill out their income tax returns.

Powell Hinson is returning as coordinator of the tax assistance program this year, which will continue through Monday, April 13.

The volunteer tax counselors who are working with the tax aid program have received special training from the IRS and are qualified to work on the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms, as well as a number of specialized tax schedules.

Taxpayers who utilize this free service should bring with them a photo ID, a social security card for all dependants, a copy of last year’s income tax return, property tax receipt, W-2 forms, statements regarding pensions, annuities, interest, dividends, IRA contributions, self-employment earnings and expenses, disability statements, child car provider information, and any 1099 forms. E-filing will be an option, but those e-filing must have their refund deposited directly into their accounts by bank routing number and account number.

The San Marcos Public Library also has copies of standard tax forms and schedules, as well as a large number of IRS publications and other books to help during tax season. Small business owners may ask for 1099-MISC and W-2 forms at the information desk.

For those who would rather do their own tax returns, the IRS website has helpful information, as well as all the forms and instructions needed for every situation. Log on to www.irs.gov.  For further information, call the library at (512) 393-8200, or drop by the library at 625 E. Hopkins and inquire at the information desk.

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