2013-01-23 / Correspondents' Notes

Tax Aide Offers Free Income Tax Preparation

The AARP tax aide counselors will start to prepare tax returns for the 2012 tax year on February 1, 2013 at the Fulton Theater, N. Second Street, McConnellsburg.

The program is designed to assist the elderly and lowto moderate-income families, who meet certain criteria and the best thing is that it is free.

Tax counselors prepare and file local, state and federal returns as well as file for the Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program. They also assist with applications and renewals for the PACE and PACENET program that enables seniors to acquire prescription drugs as a very low cost. Upon completion of all returns, they are doubled checked for accuracy before being released to the clients. Returns can be paper filed, but to acquire a quick return of a refund Tax Aide suggests the return be e-file over a high-speed Internet connection courtesy of CENTURLINK. No appointments are necessary. All clients are taken on a first come, first-served basis.

All tax counselors are trained and certified before they are allowed to prepare tax returns. Presently approximately 55 counselors, 20 client facilitators and five technical specialists staff the sites in Chambersburg and McConnellsburg. The program extends itself to visit numerous nursing homes, senior centers and community centers. If a person cannot personally attend one of Tax Aide sites, they can call 717- 263-5479 and arrange for 2 counselors to visit their home and prepare their returns.

Tax Aide stands behind its work. If a client receives a letter from the IRS or the Pa. Department of Revenue, they can contact us and we will assist in resolving the problem if we prepared their return.

In order to receive the best service, please bring the following items:

New clients will need a photo ID. Returning clients are requested to bring their 2011 tax package, Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents.

All forms for 2012, such as W-2 and 1099s for interest, dividends, retirement funds, pension funds, unemployment compensation and other miscellaneous income.

All information regarding deductions/credits, estimated tax payment, medical bills, real estate tax receipts and interest paid on a mortgage.

Proof of account for direct deposit of refunds, i.e., checking or savings account

Tax sites and hours are a follows:

Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center, 235 S. Third Street, Chambersburg, Pa.: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Fulton Theatre, Lincoln Way East, McCon-nellsburg: Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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