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Free Tax Help Available for Low-Income Taxpayers

From today’s edition of The Herald:FREE TAX HELP

Free tax help available at five sites in county

February 4, 2015

MERCER COUNTY – Free income tax preparation assistance is available again this year through the AARP Tax-Aide/Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.

The free assistance is not limited to senior citizens; low-income taxpayers of all ages are invited to take advantage of the program, but volunteers will not prepare complicated or time-consuming returns.

Although many of the sites are the same locations as prior years, important changes have been made to the program. Among the changes:

• Appointments are required and can be made only through the 211 call center; taxpayers are not to contact any of the volunteers directly.  (UWMC NOTE: UNITED WAY OF MERCER COUNTY CANNOT MAKE THESE APPOINTMENTS ON YOUR BEHALF; YOU MUST CALL PERSONALLY TO SCHEDULE.)

Mercer County residents who want an appointment should call 211 and press option 2; residents outside the county should call 1-888-665-6923. (UWMC NOTE: Callers who cannot access the service by dialing 211 should also use the toll-free alternative of 1-888-665-6923.) The 211 call center will have the available dates and times for appointments.

• Volunteers will be located in just these five sites around the county; all are handicapped-accessible: » McGonigle Ambulance Service, 1615 E. State St., Hermitage.

» Keystone Blind Association, 1230 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon.

» Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Learning Center, 100 Penn Ave., Mercer » Knights of Columbus hall, 170 Clarksville Road, Greenville » Shenango Valley Community Library, 11 N. Sharpsville Ave., Sharon. Handicapped clients should use the main entrance of the library. Other can park in the lower-level garage and use the entrance on that level. Walk-ins will be accepted at this site only as time permits.

There are no sites in Grove City or Sandy Lake this year.

• Volunteers will no longer visit homebound residents. Those taxpayers must make arrangements for someone to take their information to their appointment, take the completed return back to them for a signature, and then return to the site for electronic filing.

Those seeking assistance should take these items to their appointments: photo ID, Social Security card or 1099SSA for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; birth dates for dependents listed on the tax return; wage and earning statements including W-2 and 1099 forms and other relevant materials showing income for 2014; copies of 2013 federal and state returns; proof of bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of tax refunds; 1095 health care (Affordable Care Act) forms, if any; and, if applicable, the total paid for day care and the day-care provider’s identification number.