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AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax services

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AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return or give you paper copies to file yourself.

Volunteers are certified to prepare most common personal income taxes. They are not permitted to prepare returns for businesses with more than $25,000 in expenses or losses, complicated investment reporting, rental property with depreciation, and certain other complicated tax matters.

Service is available at five locations in Brunswick County:

• Rourk Library, Shallotte, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays-Wednesdays

• Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, Carolina Shores, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays

• The Brunswick Center at Leland, 1:30 to 5 p.m., Mondays Wednesdays and Thursdays

• Senior Center, Oak Island, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays

• Brunswick Senior Center, Southport, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays by appointment only (Call Sherry at 294-0343.)

Service is available Feb. 1 through April 15 and is free, including electronic filing of federal and North Carolina and/or South Carolina tax returns.

What you need to bring: both you and your spouse if you are filing a joint return; photo ID and Social Security card for yourself and all dependents; a copy of last year’s federal and state income tax return; 1095A if health insurance purchased from the Marketplace/Exchange; W-2s, SSA-1099 for Social Security, Unemployment Benefits; all 1099 forms for interest, dividends, retirement, miscellaneous income, pensions, annuities, IRAs, railroad retirement and final brokerage statements; and records of any estimated taxes paid in 2017.

If you itemize deductions: records of medical expenses, mortgage interest and real estate taxes and charitable contributions for 2017.

For additional information or other AARP Tax-Aide sites in North Carolina and South Carolina, call toll-free (888) 227-7669, go to aarp.org/taxaide or call Steve Varnam at 712-0407.