2010-01-21 / Features

AARP Offers Free Help To Taxpayers

The Chambersburg TaxAide Program in conjunction with the AARP Foundation will start on February 1, 2010, to offer free tax assistance to the low to moderate income, with emphasis on the elderly. The assistance will be available to those who meet the criteria of the program at the following locations:

Chambersburg Recreational Center, 235 S Third Street, Chambersburg, Pa.: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

American Legion Post 46, 755 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg, Pa.: Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fulton Theater Building, N. Second Street, McConnellsburg, Pa.: on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition to the above, the program also visits several nursing homes and assisted living centers, senior centers and community centers. Contact your onsite community coordinator for the time and date of our visit.

All clients are asked to bring along their 2008 tax returns, all 2009 tax forms indicating federal withholding tax; a copy of Social Security benefits received; all W-2 forms; all 1099s for interest, dividends, pensions and annuity; any statement from a broker( 1099-B); dependent childcare provider information; unemployment compensation statement; proof of any other income. This year, if you bought a new vehicle, please bring along the bill of sale. If you wish to itemize your deductions, be sure to have all receipts and canceled checks.

Property owners and renters filing for the Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate must have their property tax bills, marked paid by the tax collector, and/or a copy of the rent receipt (Form PA- 1000RC) signed by the landlord. Since the checks for this rebate are not mailed until July, we encourage those only filing for this rebate to come in after March 15.

Tax returns will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no appointments. Shut-in’s may call the office and request two counselors to visit their home if they are physically unable to come to a site. Returns are electronically filed free of charge and insure a shorter wait for the refund than paper, however, if a client wishes to file a paper return, we will provide the necessary papers to file by mail.

The program, which is all volunteers, consists of approximately 60 counselors, eight technical and administrative people and 20 client facilitators. Volunteers recently completed one week of classroom training and several days of computer training. Last year the program assisted over 3400 clients with federal, state and local income taxes, property tax/rent rebates and applications for the PACE and PACENET program. If a client receives a letter from the IRS or state concerning the return we prepared, we will assist the client in attempting to resolve the problem.

Anyone interested in volunteering to assist with the program, either as a counselor, tech person or client facilitator, please contact us at 717-263-5467, 717- 352-2080 or by e-mail at the AARP Web site.

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