On Wednesday, Feb. 1, volunteers with the Cedaredge AARP Tax-Aide program began offering free assistance to individuals preparing to file their income taxes. Tax-Aide is provided by AARP and is a free, confidential, and quality service supported by area volunteers, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.
According to Del Hampton, local coordinator for the Surface Creek area AARP, volunteers will be on hand to assist in filing basic tax forms and basic standard schedules. Those forms include Form 1040; schedules A, B, C-EZ, EIC and R; and a simple Schedule D.
Hampton said the free Tax-Aide program will continue each Wednesday through April 11 (the Wednesday before the tax filing deadline of April 16), from 12:30 until 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cedaredge Community Center, Room B. Hampton noted that volunteers will stay longer, if needed.
Sponsored by the AARP and the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax-Aide program provides confidential income tax preparation, counseling services and e-filing for both federal and state returns, all at no charge. All returns are prepared by trained and certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. Hampton said those volunteers must successfully complete the required IRS certification examination, and are required to sign the IRS Standards of Conduct Agreement.
According to Hampton, those wanting assistance need to bring a valid picture I.D.; a copy of last year's income tax return; W-2 forms from each employer; unemployment compensation statements; SSA-1099 if paid Social Security benefits; all 1099-forms (1099 INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest and/or dividends; 1099-Misc. showing any miscellaneous income; 1099-R showing if the taxpayer has received a pension or annuity; all forms indicating federal income taxes paid (withheld or quarterly returns); all receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions; and Social Security cards or tax Identification numbers for the taxpayer, spouse and any other dependents claimed on the tax return.
Hampton said the free Tax-Aide program is available to people of all ages with middle or low income, and no appointment is necessary during either of the two sessions. "First come, first served." smiled Hampton.
Hampton also noted that John Loring is the area coordinator for Delta and Montrose counties and Joe Maxwell is the district coordinator for Delta County.
For more information call Del Hampton at 856-3673.blog comments powered by Disqus