AARP offers free income-tax preparation at local libraries

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If you'd like to get your income taxes prepared free, visit your local library this tax season. Taxpayers across the area can receive assistance from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers with their 2010 state and federal tax forms.

Since 1968, Tax-Aide volunteers have helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers, many of whom are age 60 or older. AARP Tax-Aide has grown to be the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance program. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and can help tax payers file their federal, state and local tax returns, according to AARP's Web site.

They are skilled to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. Electronic filing (e-filing) is offered at most sites, with no charge to the taxpayer.

Bring the following documents: picture ID, W-2s for 2010, 2009 federal and state tax returns, 1099s, other relevant materials needed to prepare 2010 returns and voided check to file electronically.

No reservations are required for the Richmond and Columbia County libraries. The service is first-come, first-served. For more information, contact the libraries.

- Augusta Public Library (headquarters), 823 Telfair St., (706) 821-2600. Feb. 2 through April 18: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

- Columbia County Public Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans, (706) 863-1946. Starting Feb. 1 through April 14: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

- Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road, (706) 793-2020. Starting Feb. 3 through April 15: noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

- Euchee Creek Library, 5907 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown, (706) 556-0594. Jan. 31 through April 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays.

- Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta. Jan. 31 through April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Make an appointment by calling (803) 279-5767.

- Aiken Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S., Aiken. Feb. 1 through April 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Make an appointment by calling (803) 642-2023. Handicap access is located in the rear of the building.

NEW FOR 2010: Taxpayers who itemize (Schedule A) should wait to file their returns until after the middle of February, as the IRS will not accept them earlier because of late changes in the tax law.

Taxpayers who have educator's expenses and tuition and fees expenses must wait to file their returns also.

Electronic filing requires the taxpayers to bring their Social Security card and picture ID and Social Security cards for all dependents if the volunteer counselors did not prepare their return the previous year.

COUPON OF THE WEEK

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This includes $29.59 in RedPlum, $385.99 in SmartSource, $26 at Rite Aid, $3 in USA Weekend, $5.81 at Kmart, $18 at Walgreens, $10 at Office Depot and $16 at Eyemart Express.

The SmartSource insert has a coupon to save $2 off a purchase of one package of Pull-Ups training pants (jumbo pack or larger). The coupon expires Feb. 19.

RECAP

Here are some highlights from The Pinch blog published last week:

SAM'S CLUB: Through Tuesday, try out Sam's Club free.

Enjoy members-only prices with no guest charge.

This deal applies to in-store purchases only.

GYM MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT: Several local fitness centers are offering deals to help you get in shape on a budget.

Gold's Gym has opened a new location at 596 Bobby Jones Expressway, and new members can join for only $10 a month.

There are no contracts and the offer is month-to-month, with no fees if you decide to cancel the membership.

Through Jan. 31, any of the seven Family Y locations are offering half off the joiner's fee.

Members can save up to $ 50. No contract required.


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