Free help with taxes available through tax season in Jefferson, Clallam counties

Peninsula Daily News

IRS-certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers began Saturday preparing and electronically filing tax returns for free at seven sites in Jefferson and Clallam counties.

The service will run through the end of tax season in April.

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

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.

An appointment is required at most sites.

Here are the sites on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Clallam County

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

■   Port Angeles Library: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

These sessions are first-come, first-served.

No appointment is necessary.

■   Shipley Center (formerly Sequim Senior Activity Center): By appointment from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Phone 360-683-6806 for an appointment.

■   Forks City Hall: By appointment between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. next Saturday as well as those on
Feb. 22, March 8 and 22 and April 5.

Jefferson County

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

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

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 and 1099-G.

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 copies of their 2012 tax returns and their bank routing and account numbers if direct deposit of refunds are desired.

The program is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation.

Last modified: February 02. 2014 6:27PM
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