Free Tax-Aide help offered in Jefferson, Clallam counties

By Peninsula Daily News staff

IRS-certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available again this year to prepare and electronically file tax returns for free at seven sites in Jefferson and Clallam counties.

The no-cost service will begin Feb. 1 and run through the end of tax season in April.

Although the program is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation, you do not have to be a senior to benefit.

It is available for low- and middle-income taxpayers of all ages.

An appointment is required at most sites.

Program volunteers are authorized to prepare most basic tax returns and make sure the taxpayer receives all eligible deductions and credits.

They do not prepare returns for taxpayers who have income from rental properties or with complicated business returns.

What to bring

Taxpayers should bring the following with them to the Tax-Aide site: a photo ID; Social Security cards for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents; W-2s from each employer; and all 1099 forms, including 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, 1099-C, 1099-R, 1099-MISC, SSA-1099, 1099-G, etc.

These include interest, dividend, stock sale, cancellation of debt, retirement, self-employment, Social Security and unemployment compensation.

Also bring any other documents necessary to complete your return.

For example, receipts for energy-efficient home improvements, cost of stock sold, tuition statements and receipts necessary to itemize deductions, if applicable.

Attendees also should bring a copy of their 2010 tax return and their bank routing and account numbers if direct deposit of refunds are desired.

Clallam County sites:

■ Port Angeles Senior Center: By appointment Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 360-457-7004 for an appointment.

■ Port Angeles Library: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except Feb. 6) and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
These sessions are first-come, first-served. No appointment is necessary.

■ Sequim Senior Activity Center: By appointment Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 360-683-6806 for an appointment.

■ Forks City Hall: By appointment the following Saturdays: Feb. 2 and 16; March 2, 16 and 30; and April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 360-374-2558 for an appointment.

■ Sekiu Community Center: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 1. No appointment needed.

Jefferson County sites

■ Port Townsend Community Center: By appointment Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 360-385-9007 for an appointment.

■ Tri-Area Community Center: By appointment Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone 360-732-4822 for an appointment.

Last modified: January 26. 2013 5:27PM
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