AARP Tax Aide

Tax Forms and Assistance @ HCPL

If you are determined that 2016 will be the year you don’t wait until the last minute to file your federal income taxes (or even if you aren’t), Harris County Public Library will be here to help make the process as painless as we can.

But there have been some changes you need to know about, namely, that the IRS is providing a much more limited range of tax forms to libraries than in previous years. What this means is that HCPL branches will have on hand only the three basic forms: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

AARP Tax Aide is Back!

AARP Tax Aide is about to begin again, starting February 1st! Every year qualified agents from the American Association of Retired Persons volunteer at our libraries to complete the tax returns of elderly and low income earners. They work in our meeting room, Room L-129, Mondays (noon to 4 pm), Wednesdays (10 am to 2 pm), and Saturdays (11 am to 3 pm) and provide confidential assistance to as many people as they can accommodate.

If you wish to receive this tax return assistance, please bring with you as much of the following as applies to your situation:
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Valid identification with current address for yourself and your dependents
-Social Security cards for yourself and your dependents
-Your wage, salary, income statements (W-2 and/or 1099)
-Last year’s income tax return statement
-If you are a homeowner, the amount of property tax you paid in 2014
-If you bought a new vehicle in 2014, the amount of sales tax you paid
-Documentation for deductible expenses (mortgage interest, real estate taxes paid, medical expenses, charitable donations, mileage for volunteer work)
-Documentation for items that qualify for tax credit (child care, post-secondary education, home purchase contracts & closing statement for homes purchased in the past year)

Last tip: The Tax Aide people receive customers on a first-come, first-served basis only. So come early to get your name on the list!

Tax Forms and Assistance @ HCPL

If you are determined that 2015 will be the year you don’t wait until the last minute to file your federal income taxes (or even if you aren’t), Harris County Public Library will be here to help make the process as painless as we can.

But there have been some changes you need to know about, namely, that the IRS is providing a much more limited range of tax forms to libraries than in previous years. What this means is that HCPL branches will have on hand only the three basic forms: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

Nothing’s Certain, but…April 17 is Coming: AARP Tax Aide @ HCPL

Photo Credit: TAX DAY by MoneyBlogNewz via Flickr Creative CommonsWhen it comes to doing our taxes, most of us manage to put up a brave front, but the fact is that when we find ourselves staring at a blank tax form and a fast-approaching deadline is staring back at us, even the most unflappable among us tends to get...well... flapped.

Harris County Public Library and AARP can’t do anything about your tendency to procrastinate, but we can help.

Tax Information Update

 

(Wednesday, January 25) This morning the Instructions 1040 ALL came in. Many of you have been waiting for this.

Tax Forms:  For those of you patiently waiting, our latest tax forms deliveries include

Form 1040 NR-EZ, Form 1040 NR, Form 1040 Schedule D, and Form 6521; Instructions 8283; and Publications 501, 529, and 590. 

A reminder that AARP Tax Aide begins Wednesday, February 1st. Every year, trained volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons help seniors and low-income earners complete simple personal income tax returns and e-file them.  They meet Mondays noon-4 p.m., Wednesdays 10-2 p.m., and Saturdays 11-3 p.m. in Room L-129.

Please bring with you:

Tax Season Begins Again

We've rolled out the tax forms. This year they are to the right of the front entrance on two mobile display units. As usual not all of the forms have been delivered yet, so here's a list of what we have.

Form 1040(Instructions 1040 ALL won't be in until the end of the month), Form 1040 A, Instruction 1040 A, Form 1040 EZ, Instruction 1040 EZ, and the big Publication 17--Your Federal Income Tax have arrived.

As well we have Schedules A, B, C, E, EIC, and SE and Form 1040 NR-EZ.

We  also have Forms 2441, 3903, and 5695.

And we have a supply of W2, W4, 1096, and 1099 Miscellaneous.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax Aide program, where retired volunteers prepare simple tax submissions for elderly and low income people, begins Wednesday, February 1st and continues until Monday, April 16, every Monday (noon-4 pm), Wednesday (10-2), and Saturday (11-3) in our large meeting room, L 129.

You can also get printable forms from the Internal Revenue Service website, www.irs.gov. Click on 'Forms and Pubs' on the orange banner headline. 

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