Thursday, January 04, 2007

AARP Tax Help Begins February 2nd at CML

AARP "Tax-Aide" volunteers are again ready to prepare your federal and state income tax returns. This free service is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation. Tax-Aide counselors are trained, tested and certified each year.

Curtis Memorial Library schedule from Feb. 2 - Apr. 13 :
  • Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointments are recommended and may be made at the lending desk in the lobby. Walk-ins helped if possible.

Taxpayers should bring the following material to the site:

  • A photo-ID for the applicant; Social Security cards (or numbers) for dependents.
  • A copy of last year's tax returns, if possible. (Also, any 2006 tax packages received from the IRS or the state, but don't pick up forms from the library.)
  • All tax-related forms received, such as W-2, 1099R, SSA-1099 or other 1099, etc.
  • "Year-end summary" statements from investment accounts (if any); information on purchase dates and cost basis of any investments sold.
  • Information on possible deductions, such as medical expenses, real estate and car excise taxes, mortgage interest and charitable contributions.
  • Information relating to any tax credits the applicant may be entitled to.

New this year — Applicants may be entitled to a (small) "credit for federal telephone excise taxes paid," reimbursed to the applicant even if no income tax is owed.

A note to "shut-ins": Volunteers can come to the home of persons unable to go out. To make arrangements in the Brunswick area call Marlene Budd at 725-7300. To make arrangements in the Bath area, call Nancy Lord at 729-4036.

For more information on the program, call Nancy Lord, Tax-Aide district coordinator, at 729-4036.

Other Midcoast Locations:

Tax-Aide counseling begins Feb. 1 and continues through April 17, at the following locations and times in this area:

  • Boothbay Harbor: Boothbay YMCA, Townsend Road, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only; call Carol Ostermann, 633-6748.
  • Wiscasset: Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Road, Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only: call Carol Ostermann, 633-6748.
  • Bath: Bath Area Senior Activity Center, 45 Floral St., (443-4937), Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, appointment not required.
  • Bath: Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St. (443-5141), Tuesdays from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 pm to 7:30 p.m., appointment not required.
  • Brunswick: People Plus, 6 Noble St., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 729-0757; walk-ins will be helped if possible.
  • Topsham: Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For and appointment, call 725-1727; walk-ins will be helped if possible.
  • Freeport: Freeport Town Hall, 30 Main St., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., by appointment only; call 865-4743, ext. 120.

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