Tax season has arrived! And once again this year, trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are poised to offer free help and electronic filing for low to middle income tax payers. Hours have been set for 1 pm until 4 pm each Wednesday at the Charles C. Parker Center, 1325 Kingston Road, through April 11th; tax help is also offered at the Rome-Floyd County Library on Riverside Parkway every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm through April 14th and every Monday from 1 pm until 4 pm through April 16th.
Gordon Leiter, local coordinator of the program, predicts that more than 900 taxpayers will take advantage of AARP Tax-Aide this year. Many of those people will file their taxes early, he adds.
There is an advantage to filing your taxes early in the season – you reduce the risk of someone filing a phony tax return in your name. Leiter indicates that, unfortunately, this happens sometimes. He implores taxpayers to guard their returns by obtaining an identity theft PIN from the IRS.
Those who plan to seek tax assistance from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are advised to take last year’s tax return, all available information for this year, photo IDs for taxpayers, social security cards and proof of health insurance for all people to be included on the return. For more information about the program, call Gordon Leiter at (706) 234-0931.
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