Monday, January 30, 2017

"A 'Taxing' Time Ahead" | @ the Library Article

This is a "taxing" season we either look forward to or dread, (depending on whether you're receiving a refund or having to pay)!  Regardless, your Abilene Public Library can help make things easier with free tax forms and free tax return preparation services.

1040, 1040A & 1040EZ federal income tax forms and booklets are available free at all three library locations, until supplies run out.  However, any forms not readily available can be printed out for 15 cents per page and a librarian will assist in printing, if needed.

Beginning Wednesday, February 1, your library will be hosting free tax assistance every Wednesday & Thursday afternoon from 10:00AM - 3:00PM in the upstairs auditorium of the Main Library at 202 Cedar.  On Fridays & Saturdays, Tax Aid volunteers will be available at the Mockingbird Branch at 1326 N. Mockingbird from 10:00AM - 3:00PM.  The assistance program lasts through April 13.  The assistance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both library locations open at 9:00AM, and people may register for that day's service.  However, once volunteers have as many people as they can handle, they will turn people away until another day, so we recommend getting to the location as soon as you can each morning.  The free service is primarily targeted to elderly and low income taxpayers, but open to anyone.  In some cases people will be referred to a professional tax service, if they require more than simple assistance.

These Tax Aid volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service, and they file your taxes electronically, unless the IRS requires a paper filing.  Volunteers may not be held responsible for any tax errors.

Participants need to bring a copy of last year's tax return, social security cards for everyone listed on the form and all documents related to income and/or expenses such as W2 forms, etc.  Please remember, there are no appointment...assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, please contact librarian Marie Skufca at 325-676-6025.

For those doing their own returns and needing information beyond what is provided in the IRS forms and booklets, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017 is an easy to use, comprehensive source and reference copies can be consulted at all times at all three library locations.

If you dread tax season, your Abilene Public Library can take some of that stress away.  Drop by and let us help make the "taxing season" less taxing on you.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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