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2017-02-01 / Business

AARP to offer tax assistance in Clarence

Free federal and New York state income tax preparation and electronic filing will again be available through the Clarence Tax Aide program. This service is a free, volunteer tax counseling program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS. The aides do not prepare returns requiring depreciation, rental property, corporate returns, or out-of-state returns.

Clarence Tax Aides completed over 1,600 returns last year. All returns are computer generated with e-filing used to speed refunds. Each taxpayer’s tax return receives a quality review by a supervisor, to eliminate errors and ensure the maximum benefit to the taxpayer.

The service will be provided from today through Thursday, April 13 at

Clarence Senior Center (4600 Thompson Road ) — 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays.

Clarence Public Library (3 Town Place) — 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Residents should bring, as applicable, social security cards for all dependents and the filer’s own picture ID, as well as a copy of last year’s return. They should also bring income statements such as W-2 forms from each 2015 employer, unemployment statements, SSA-1099 forms for Social Security, forms that show interest, dividends and miscellaneous income, any form which indicates a cancellation of credit card debt, 1099R forms if you received a pension, IRA distribution or annuity, and 1099B forms that show stock sales.

Taxpayers can also bring statements which may decrease taxes such as statements of mortgage interest and property taxes, sales receipt for any new car on which you paid sales tax in 2016, educational expenses (student loans, tuition, books, computers, school supplies), a listing of medical expenses (including health and long term care insurance payments), charitable donations, and job- related expenses, care-giver expenses. Do not forget to bring a copy of a check if you wish direct deposit for a quick refund.

Clarence Tax Aide Sites are walk-in only. If your return involves stock or bond holdings, capital gains, dividends or sales, please wait until March 1 to file to ensure that you have received correct statements from brokers.

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