Free tax assistance being offered to basic filers

The AARP Tax-Aide program is offering free income tax return preparation again this year, but on a downscaled basis.

The service, available to low and middle income senior citizens, started Monday and continues through April 15 at North Columbus Branch Library, 5689 Armour Rd.

That's the only site in Columbus that the service will be offered, unlike in previous years when there were several sites, said William Hurst, district coordinator with AAPR Tax-Aide.

The program uses local volunteers to offer tax assistance and is operated in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service.

Hours for the service are 9 a.m.-noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Electronic tax returns for basic filers will be emphasized during the preparation process, as will filings for the Georgia low income tax credit, which is available even to those who don't normally file returns.

Tax Aides recommends that anyone running businesses, having rental property and needing more complex assistance contact a professional tax preparer.

Tax filers are advised to stop by North Columbus Branch Library to pick up a "AARP In-Take Form" in advance to help them organize the financial documents needed for preparing their returns.

Contact the library at 706-748-2855.