February 17th - April 15th
*Tax-Aide availability subject to change.
  
Tax Preparation with the AARP will be different this year due to COVID-19.

There will be no waiting inside the library.
Tax preparation is now a 2-visit process.


Intake/interview forms will be available beginning January 19th in the Library foyer. These documents must be filled out before ID verification.
  
Mondays & Wednesdays 10am - 2pm
ID verification/document Scanning
Line begins at designated Library entrance. You will be given a session number and asked to wait in vehicle/home until called
 
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3pm - 4pm
Completed returns distributed

An AARP volunteer will contact you to schedule an appointment once the return is complete.
 
*Library staff cannot answer any tax questions.

TAX-AIDE PROCESS
A service provided by AARP Foundation offers free tax
preparation help with special attention to those 50 and over.
Mission to help low to moderate-income persons of Garland County.
All volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS.
 
Covid-19 minimum contact requires scanning your tax documents to
secure cloud storage
Monday & Wednesday Scan 10-2 pm
No returns will be completed then
Failure to bring everything will stop the process.
 
Must Do prior to counselor scanning appointment:
· Fill out intake/interview & quality review sheet pages 1,2, & 3. 
· Review and sign Consent to Disclose Tax Return Info to other sites.
· Fill out and sign page 3 of Form 14446 Virtual VITA/TCE Taxpayer Consent.
· If Married Filing Jointly (MFJ) both Tax Payers (TP) must sign this form.  
 
Information you must bring to get your tax return prepared
· Government-issued photo IDs of each taxpayer. TP and Spouse if MFJ.
· Social security cards for every individual on your return.
· Checking or savings account number and routing number if you want direct deposit. 
· Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) for each, if applicable.
 
Income/Adjustment/Deductions/Credits/Payments/Health Insurance Documents
· W-2 from each employer
· 1099-G Unemployment Compensation
· SSA-1099-Social Security Benefits
· 1099-Interest, 1099-Dividends, 1099-B Brokerage, 1099-R Pension/Annuity/IRA distro,
· Documentation of other income earned or received
 
Adjustments and Deductions
· IRA Contributions, Educator Expenses, Cash to Charities, HSA contributions, Alimony Paid or Received.
· 1098-T Tuition Paid, 1098-E Student Loan Interest Paid.
· Dependent Child Care information.
· Payments of any estimated taxes paid for 2020.
· Health Insurance form 1095-A if you have Marketplace (Obama Care).
                                      
                * A copy of last year’s return is always helpful. 
Watch Bill Davidson, Local AARP Tax-Aide Coordinator, explain the tax preparation process for this year.
The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership between the IRS and many tax preparation and filing software industry leaders who provide their brand-name products for free. It provides two ways for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal income tax online for free.
Click here to learn more.
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