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Apr 15 2009

Calling all Procrastinators!

by Amanda L

Today is D-day for all taxpayers. If you haven’t begun doing your taxes yet, you have until midnight. The Library has all of the basic forms.  Some of the branches may be running out of Georgia forms, but never fear the forms are available online.  For the Federal forms, go to www.irs.gov/formspubs. All of the forms are available to print out and some you can even fill out online. For Georgia state forms, go to https://etax.dor.ga.gov/Individual_Taxes.aspx.  We can also print forms for you at a charge of $.15 a page. The Georgia Department of Revenue has created a document of “Ten Last Minute Filing Tips” that  might be helpful.

Need to know what post offices are staying open late so you can mail those last minute forms? Here are the Post Offices open until midnight: Atlanta Main Post Office, 3900 Crown Road SW ; Boggs Road Postal Store, 1605 Boggs Road, Decatur Main Post Office, 502 West Ponce de Leon Ave.

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Feb 12 2009

Free Tax Filing at your Library

by Lesley B

One of the free IRS tax prep services that DeKalb County Public Library hosts each year is the AARP Tax-Aide program. AARP volunteers help hundreds of people each year file their taxes and collect their refunds. The IRS provides the computers and software. Volunteers complete approx. 100 hours of training before assisting low- and middle-income taxpayers of any age with their federal and state tax returns.

At the Dunwoody Library, Jerry Vitt is returning for his 12th year as an AARP Tax-Aide Coordinator. Last year his crew of volunteer tax counselors filed more than 750 tax returns. Mr. Vitt said, “The one thing I wish everyone knew is that this service really is absolutely free. It’s open to everyone, not just seniors, and you don’t have to be a member of AARP.” He added that even if someone doesn’t need to file a federal tax return, they should still come in to see if they’re eligible to claim the Georgia low income tax credit. The Dunwoody location files about 95% of the tax returns electronically, but they can print out a paper copy for those uncomfortable with the internet.

When you come to the library for tax help, bring the following with you:

  • current year’s tax forms and booklets
  • copy of last year’s tax return
  • all income forms, such as W-2, SSA-1099, all 1099 forms
  • child care provider information (name, employer, ID, SS#)
  • receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions.
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents

Take a look at the AARP Tax-Aide website for more information about this program and for a list of all their locations, so you can let your grandmother in Florida know about this terrific FREE program.

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Feb 1 2008

AARP Tax Assistance Begins Today

by Chris S

Every year, the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers come out to easily accessible locations to assist seniors (and others) with filing their taxes.  Many people have come to associate this service with the Library, although no library staff members are able to answer tax-related questions and this valuable service is not exclusively located at libraries, but also inside churches and other community centers.  Here’s the link to the AARP Tax-Aide locator:

https://locator.aarp.org/vmis/sites/tax_aide_locator.jsp

Also, the IRS website has nearly all necessary tax forms and other information on its website:

http://www.irs.gov/

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