For those preparing to face the deluge of paperwork and numbers that are tax filing, the AARP Foundation is offering help.
AARP will have free tax assistance and preparation — AARP Tax-Aide — at various sites in the area beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 15.
Help will be available for federal and state tax preparation for those in the Ashland area who fall into low- and middle-income categories.
Tax counselors are trained and must pass an IRS test.
‰Ashland Transportation Center
99 15th St.
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
‰Boyd County Public Library, Kyova branch
10699 U.S. 60 (Kyova Mall)
4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.
‰Advance Memorial United Methodist Church
1007 Bellefonte Road, Flatwoods
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays
‰Greenup County Public Library
614 Main St., Greenup
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays
‰Greenup County Public Library, McKell branch
22 McKell Lane, South Shore
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays.
‰Carter County Senior Center
200 N. Hord St., Grayson
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
‰Lawrence County Public Library
102 W. Main and Jefferson streets, Louisa
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays.
‰Floyd County Public Library
18 N. Arnold Ave., Prestonsburg
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.
Those seeking aid will be asked to show a photo ID and Social Security card, W-2 forms from each employer, unemployment compensation statements, SSA-1099 form if Social Security benefits were recevied; also, forms that show dividends or interest or original purchase price of sold assets; 1099R forms if pension or annuity were received; forms indicating federal income tax paid; child-care provider information, including name, employer ID and Social Security number; and current year’s tax forms and preparation booklet.
If itemizing deductions, those seeking aid should bring receipts or canceled checks.
Also helpful is a copy of last year’s income tax returns.
Since 1968, AARP Tax-Aide has helped more than 40 million taxpayers file their returns.
For more information, call (888) 227-7669.
LEE WARD can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2661.