Free AARP tax help is available in Clallam, Jefferson counties

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AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available through April 15 to prepare and electronically file federal tax returns at several sites across the North Olympic Peninsula.

The service is available free to 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.

Although the program is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation, the service is open to the general public — you do not have to be a senior to benefit. An appointment is required at most sites.

What to bring

Taxpayers should bring a photo ID; Social Security cards for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents; W-2s from each employer; and 1099 forms, including 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, 1099-C, 1099-R, 1099-MISC, SSA-1099, 1099-G, etc.

These include interest, dividend, stock sale, retirement, self-employment, Social Security and unemployment compensation.

Bring any other documents necessary to complete your return, e.g., receipts for energy-efficient home improvements, cost of stock sold, tuition statements and receipts to itemize deductions, if applicable.

Attendees also should bring a copy of their 2011 tax return and their bank routing and account numbers if direct deposit of refunds is desired.

Clallam County sites

■ Port Angeles Senior Center (328 E. Seventh St.): By appointment Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 360-457-7004 for an appointment.

■ Port Angeles Library (2210 S. Peabody St.): Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These sessions are first-come, first-served. No appointment is necessary.

■ Sequim Senior Activity Center (921 E. Hammond St.): By appointment Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 360-683-6806 for an appointment.

■ Forks City Hall (500 E. Division St.): By appointment the following Saturdays: March 2, 16 and 30; and April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 360-780-2287 for an appointment.

■ Sekiu Community Center (42 Rice St.): From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday. No appointment needed.

Jefferson County sites

■ Port Townsend Community Center (620 Tyler St.): By appointment Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 360-385-9007 for an appointment.

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

Last modified: February 25. 2013 6:09PM
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