Free tax preparation by AARP volunteers
Tax season is rapidly approaching and many people are turning their thoughts to the need of preparing their 2018 tax return.
Unless the taxpayer knows all the current laws, it can appear to be a daunting task.
Why face the ordeal on your own when you can access free assistance from IRS certified volunteers?
The IRS/AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance Program offers free tax preparation services to anyone of any age, especially those who are 50 or older or cannot afford paid tax preparation.
These services will be available on Tuesdays, February 5 through April 9, 2019 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am at the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center, 164 E. College Street (254 918-1288).
Services will also be available at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1229 N US Hwy 281 on Wednesdays, February 6 – April 10, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
No appointments are required. Taxpayers will need to bring the following items to have their returns prepared: Photo identification; valid social security cards for the taxpayer, spouse, and dependents; birth dates for all dependents; statements from all employers (W-2, 1099-R); statement of social security earnings (1099SSA); interest and dividend statements from banks and brokerage firms; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit of refunds, if desired; total paid for day care and day care provider’s identifying number, if applicable; documents relating to health insurance; and any other relevant information about income and expenses.
Taxpayers should always bring a copy of the previous year’s return.
Counselors are not able to prepare any returns that include farming income, rental property, self-employed business income if showing a loss or depreciation, or any return without proper paperwork.
In addition to free tax return preparation, these sites provide free electronic filing.
An e-filed return means a faster refund. The IRS can generally issue refunds to taxpayers who combine efile and direct deposit in as few as 14 days.