PLATTSBURGH -- The Plattsburgh AARP Tax-Aide Program is a free, volunteer tax service available to middle- or low-income people of all ages.

This confidential, non-profit service prepares and submits personal tax returns and answers tax questions.

Last year, more than 1,500 tax returns were filed through this service in Plattsburgh. Returns are electronically filed daily.

More than 60 volunteers worked last year as tax client facilitators, validating identities, paperwork and arranging forms; as tax counselors, preparing and filing the taxes; as technical support, updating and maintaining the software and hardware; and as quality coordinators, reviewing each tax return with the client.

To volunteer to help between Jan. 28 and April 15, call Kaye Curry at 563-5155 or George Coon at 643-9274.

Kathleen Hazel, director of the Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County, is providing space at the Senior Center for the service.

The service tentatively will be provided daily in January and February, four days a week in March and three days a week in April.

People with special tax requirements, such as military service in a war zone, should call for an appointment with a specially trained counselor.

The tax service supports personal, not business, taxes, so call if there is a question about eligibility.

Phone service directly to the tax group will be available via a cell phone provided by a local telecom company; however, that number won't be assigned until mid-January.

People who want their taxes prepared need to bring:

2007 federal and state tax packets received in the mail.

Copy of their 2006 tax return.

The Social Security card for every other person listed on the return.

Valid picture IDs for yourself -- and your spouse, if filing jointly. Both people must be present.

All W2 wage and tax statements.

All 1099R pension & annuity statements.

All 1099s for interest, dividends, tax refunds, property-tax refunds, etc.

All capital gains, stock, bond or property sales, plus original cost.

All Social Security Benefit Statements Form SSA-1099.

Any student forms supplied by colleges regarding costs or loans.

All related tax statements, both state and federal, including payments.

Category totals or receipts totaled, if itemizing deductions.

Bank information (a check, not a deposit slip; used for viewing only) for direct deposit or direct withdrawal.

Gambling loses, if itemizing and needed to offset winnings.

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