Free Income Tax Preparation

Beginning February 3, and continuing through April 15, residents can receive free income tax preparation from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, a tax-exempt charity of AARP. Membership in AARP is not required.

Free income tax preparation will be provided on Wednesdays and Fridays at La Crescenta County Library, 2809 Foothill Boulevard (corner of La Crescenta Avenue). Enter from the upper level parking lot.

The hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.Taxpayers will be helped on a “first-come, first-served” basis; advanced reservations are not available.

The mission of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is to provide high quality free income tax assistance and tax form preparation to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. As a practical matter, however, very few taxpayers are turned away if their return is within the scope of services established by AARP Foundation.

Taxpayers should bring with them:

• Last year’s tax returns

• Social Security Cards for you, your spouse (if filing a joint return) and all eligible dependents

• Picture identification for you and your spouse (if filing a joint return) issued by a government agency

• Income related documents: SSA 1099, 1099R, W2, Unemployment Compensation statements, and other 1099 forms showing interest, dividends, and other income

• If you purchased health insurance (“Obamacare”) in 2015 through Covered CA, you will receive a new tax form – Form 1095-A – which provides information required for your tax return. This form will show your eligibility for coverage as well as help determine your entitlement to a new Premium Tax Credit. It should be mailed to you by January 31, 2015.

• You will not receive Form 1095-A if you did not purchase health insurance through Covered CA, or you were enrolled in Medicare, or you were covered by an employer-sponsored health care plan, including retirees.

• Expense related documents: forms showing federal and state income taxes paid,1098 forms, summaries of medical, dental, prescription drug expenses, contributions to charities, vehicle tax statements, property taxes and home mortgage interest, and any business expenses. Receipts for expenses need to be in reasonable order and legible.

• Brokerage statements or other documentation showing the cost basis (purchase price) and date purchased for all securities or property sold or transferred during the tax year

• A blank check with your name printed on it, if you want direct deposit or debit for any refund or balance due

• If you received a pension or annuity from a former employer, please bring the date you began receiving these payments

You can find other AARP Foundation Tax-Aide locations in the area at applications/VMISLocator/ searchTaxAideLocations. action.

Owing to the library’s annual book sale, taxes will not be prepared on April 6 and 8.

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