Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 2:13 pm
Free tax assistance offered at senior center

Tax season has arrived, with all the dread that entails, but AARP’s Tax-Aide aims to make the process less complicated.

AARP’s Tax-Aide is a free tax-preparation service sponsored in partnership by the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service.

The program is designed to help middle- and lower-income taxpayers of all ages, with particular attention to those over age 60, with preparing their taxes.

No one will be turned away due to age or income, but the service is restricted to Nebraska residents who have earned income only from Nebraska or Iowa.

The service runs through April 15 at the Bellevue Senior Center, 109 W. 22nd Ave., on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plan to arrive no later than an hour before scheduled closing.

In order to assist with tax preparation, the service requires those who come for services to bring the current year’s tax forms and preparation booklet, a 1099-MISC form showing any miscellaneous income, a copy of last year’s income tax return(s), a 1099-R form for those who received a pension or annuity, W-2 forms from each employer, all forms indicating federal income tax paid, unemployment compensation statements, an SSA-1099 form for those who received Social Security benefits, receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions, Social Security numbers for all dependents, dependent care provider information (name, employer, ID, Social Security number) and all 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest or dividends and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets.

For questions about the service, call the AARP-Nebraska Information Center at 402-398-9568 or visit nebraskataxaide.org.

The Bellevue Senior Center provides space for AARP Tax-Aide but does not have knowledge of tax counseling or preparation.

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