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 Season Ending Soon

Money courtesy of Clker.comThere are only two more Tuesdays left with the AARP Tax Aide volunteers at the Katy Library.  Come to sign in as early as 10:00am on of those two days.  If the line is long, you must be present to sign in no later than 1:00pm to ensure you get your taxes done that day.  Come prepared to wait.   

Tax Assistance at Your Library!

Have you filed your taxes yet? Don't despair if you haven't, because tax assistance is still going on at the Maud Marks Library. AARP volunteers will be here assisting the elderly and low-income individuals with tax help every Monday and Friday through April 13, 2015. Doors are open from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, and it is a first come first serve basis. 

*Please note that the Maud Marks Library and AARP tax assistance will be closed on Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday.

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.

AARP Tax Help @ Your Library

If you need help preparing your taxes, you can come to the North Channel Library. Thursday April 10th, for the LAST time this tax season,  the experienced pros from AARP will be here from noon to 4 pm to prepare tax returns for low income and elderly customers. Please bring your tax return from last year as well as your W-2's and other papers for this year. You may sign-up as early as 10 am on Thursday inside the Library.  Please see the AARP website for more information: www.aarp.org
 

Tax Forms Are In

Uncle SamThe 2013 tax forms and instruction booklets have arrived!  Check the display in our lobby for the form you need.  If we don't have it, stop by the Reference Desk inside to see about getting one printed.  Also, if you want the freedom of an expert doing your taxes - for free - come see our AARP Tax-Aide volunteers every Tuesday, from 12:30-4:30pm.  In case of a crowd, arrive by 3:00pm and you're ensured a spot in line.

The Tax Man Cometh

Here you are minding your own business and before you know it the tax deadline is almost here. Fortunately our good friends from AARP will still be here Mondays and Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm up until April 15th.  That means you only have four more chances to bring in your tax information if you have questions or need help with your taxes. Be sure to bring all of your paperwork and Social Security numbers for everyone listed on your return.  

AARP tax help @ your library!

April 12th is your last chance!!  The **FREE** AARP tax help program ends with the Thursday, April 12th session. Please come into the North Channel Library starting at 10 am to sign up for your time slot. AARP volunteers will see customers from 12 to 4 pm this Thursday. Please see the American Association of Retired Persons website for tax tips:  www.aarp.org/money/taxes/

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.

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