Free income tax assistance will be available for Portage County residents through the AARP Tax-Aide Counseling for the Elderly (AARP-TCE) program from February through April 13.
Help will be available at four sites in the county: Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna; Streetsboro Senior Center, 9184 S.R. 43, Streetsboro; Mantua Village Lodge, 4808 E. High St., Mantua; and United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 E. Main St., Kent.
Participants do not need to be a member of AARP.
This service is available to people of all ages with low and medium incomes, with special attention to retirees 60 years of age and older.
This service will be available by appointment beginning the first week of February through April 13. Site hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday appointments are available. Appointments can be made weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 22 by calling United Way's 211 Portage (simply dial 2-1-1 or local exchange 330-297-4636).
Tax returns will be prepared and transmitted electronically. E-filing eliminates the need to mail paper returns, speeds up the process and increases the accuracy of returns. Individuals are reminded to bring their current year W-2 or income documents with relevant income for the year with Social Security Cards for all of the taxpayers and dependents plus copies of their previous year's federal and state returns.
All program volunteers have completed a training program that includes filing requirements, basic wage earner information, adjustment to income, refundable and non-refundable credits, Social Security, pension and investment income information. All of the volunteers have passed a comprehensive examination which certifies the individuals for tax preparation.
The AARP Tax-Aide Program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.