Low- and middle-income Hernando County residents can have their federal income tax preparations done free through two organizations at various sites throughout the county:
AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income Hernando County residents starting Feb. 2.
Special attention will be given to those age 60 and older. AARP membership is not required to use this service. Free electronic filing will be available at all sites.
Those wishing to have their tax forms prepared must bring photo ID and Social Security cards (including Social Security cards for all dependents); a copy of last year's tax return; all applicable tax records for 2008 showing income, deductions and credits, evidence of paid real estate taxes, amount of 2007 Economic Stimulus Payment, and a canceled check with bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of any refund.
The free service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays through April 15, at the following locations. No appointments are scheduled. For information, call toll-free at 1-888-227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.
Mondays: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Grace World Outreach Church (dome church), 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Tuesdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Wednesdays: High Point clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point.
Thursdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Fridays: Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
VITA program at RSVP program
The VITA program at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program provides free federal tax preparation assistance at 830 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. The service is available to people with a total income of $50,000 or less.
Certified volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through April 15. All returns are electronically filed with the IRS.
Those attending need to bring: Social Security card for everyone claimed on the return and a photo ID for taxpayers, current year's tax package and label, all income documents (W-2s and 1099s), receipts for qualifying expenses, copy of prior year's tax return, proof of account for direct deposit (voided check), and, if this is a joint return, both taxpayers must be present.
To schedule an appointment, call RSVP at 796-8117.