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Tax-Aide Program Helps Low- to Moderate-Income Taxpayers

Volunteers process tax returns for free

North Carolina State Page News March 2011

Cathy Justice has been using the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide service to help prepare her income tax returns for free. Tax-Aide volunteers expect to prepare about 50,000 returns this year at nearly 100 sites around North Carolina. — Darron R. Silva/Aurora

Before you go …

Here's a checklist of items taxpayers should bring with them:

  • Last year's tax return.
  • Social Security cards for everyone who is on the return or other official documents.
  • W2s, 1099 statements that may include interest, dividends, capital gains and any stock transactions.
  • Interest forms from banks, Social Security statements and anything else related to income.
  • Listing of out-of-pocket medical bills paid and medical mileage records.
  • Property tax statements.
  • Home loan interest and tax statements.
  • Charitable contributions and volunteer mileage records.
  • Unemployment statements.
  • Gambling winning and loss records and anything else that may refers to taxes.

Other people may need to bring in other documents, such as foreclosure papers, casualty losses, cancellation of debts and Health Savings Account records.

Spicer said most people can have their returns finished in one visit. Most can be done in one to two hours if the site takes appointments. If the site doesn't take appointments, the waiting is what takes the most time.

Natalie Gott is a freelance writer based in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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