Local residents with low- to moderate-income levels can receive free tax assistance beginning Friday at Augusta-area locations.
AARP is working with the Internal Revenue Service to sponsor the Tax-Aide Program, which helps taxpayers prepare their state and federal returns, according to a news release.
Service is provided on a first come, first served basis at the following libraries through April 15:
• Augusta-Richmond County Library, 823 Telfair St., (706) 821-2600; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays
• Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans, (706) 863-1946; 10 a.m. to2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
• Euchee Creek Library, 5907 Euchee Creek Road, Grovetown, (706) 556-0594; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays
• Jeff Maxwell Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, (706) 793-2020; 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays
Appointments can be made at these locations:
• Doctors Hospital H2U, 1305 Interstate Parkway, (706) 651-6716; 9 a.m. to1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
• Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St., (706) 364-4064, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays
Those wanting tax assistance must bring their social security card; a checkbook if direct deposit of refund is desired; their spouse if filing a joint return; 2012’s tax-related papers, including a W-2 form, 1099 form, dividends, retirement income and deductible information; and 2011’s tax return if available.
Tax returns are filed electronically to ensure that refunds are received within two weeks.
The service is run by volunteers who have received IRS training and certification.