Don’t fear! Tax help is here
By Barb Biggs, BCPL branch services supervisor
The New Year. Out with the old, in with the new. Resolutions. Fresh starts.
These are phrases we are all familiar with when we turn the calendar to January. They are things that we hope will get us all off to an amazing 2014. With all of things we look forward to, though, there is also that one other thing looming over us this time of year.
Sorry to throw that dirty word out there, but filing taxes is a harsh reality as each year begins. No matter if you owe money, or are getting a refund, gathering all the documents and forms, figuring out the changes to the lax laws and if they apply to you, and the actually filing process can be time-consuming and worrisome.
But don’t fret, because Boyd County Public library has you covered. We have all the IRS forms you need, from 1040A and 1040EZ to a 4868 (extension, anyone?). And if it is a form we do not receive, we will gladly print one for you from the IRS website. The first page is free, and after that, the standard rate of just 10 cents per page applies. We will also have all the instruction booklets for you to pick up. We can’t offer advice, but if you are interested in e-filing, we can help you navigate to the IRS website or a service like TurboTax.
The Kyova Branch will also be once again hosting the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available to all taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those over the age of 60.
They will set up in the Kyova meeting room, starting in early February, and will be available to do your taxes, free of charge. Yes, you heard that right – they will do your taxes, free of charge. It’s always nice to save money, particularly when dealing with the IRS.
You must bring your previous year’s tax information, and all relevant documents for 2013.
The AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. We cannot preregister anyone, and the volunteers have to cap the number at 20-25, depending on the number of volunteers, so we ask that you come early and get your name on the list. And, of course, filing earlier rather than later is always helpful.
If you have any questions about the AARP Tax-Aide program, or anything else library-related, please call me at the Kyova Branch (606.929.5346) or call the main BCPL number: 606.329.0090.
Happy New Year!