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January 15, 2014

Tax-return help available

PLATTSBURGH — Tax season is approaching, and the volunteers for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will begin assisting low- and moderate-income taxpayers prepare and electronically file tax returns.

The free service is scheduled to start Monday, Jan. 27, at the Senior Center, 5139 North Catherine St., Plattsburgh. Tax-Aide can begin accepting forms regardless of the IRS processing date.

This service, with special emphasis for aiding senior taxpayers, will be open on a walk-in only basis until the end of tax season. 

Volunteers will be available during the last week in January and all of February, except for Presidents Day.

The schedule is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There are no Monday and Tuesday hours in March and April and no Saturday hours in April. April 11 is the last day the site will be open.

Clients using the service must check in at least a half hour before the posted closing time. Should there be too many taxpayers to be able to finish the returns by closing, the site may stop accepting clients earlier.

Clients must present a valid Social Security card or equivalent document and have all their tax documents with them, including last year’s tax return.

Tax-Aide is staffed entirely by volunteers and is jointly sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service. The Senior Center in Plattsburgh provides the space for the program.

The Plattsburgh site processed more than 3,000 returns last year, with one of the lowest rejection rates in the country, according to a news release.

For more information, call Judy Heintz at 563-5273.

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