With tax season just around the corner, an area organization is offering assistance to those who need help filing.
From Tuesday through April 10, the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging will provide free, basic tax counseling and income tax preparation for low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older, disabled individuals and those on fixed incomes.
The service is available to people who fall under the gross income limit of $52,000 for the 2013 tax year.
Trained local volunteers will help with federal tax returns in the 1040 series as well as state income tax returns. Volunteers will not be able to handle complicated tax matters or prepare business returns.
All tax returns will be filed electronically and a copy of the return will be provided.
Counseling sites include:
• Johnstown Senior Center, 550 Main St., 535-8634.
• East Hills Senior Center, 1425 Scalp Ave., 266-6040.
• Ebensburg Senior Center, 209 N. Julian St., 472-5226.
• Forest Hills Senior Center, 400 Main St., South Fork, 495-4696.
• Jackson Township Senior Center, 200 Adams Ave., Mineral Point, 322-3327.
• Beaverdale Public Library, 506 Jefferson Ave., 487-7742.
Those interested are asked to call the nearest site to make an appointment.
Individuals will need to being proof of identification; a copy of the income tax return submitted from the previous year; all W-2s, 1099s and/or other income statements; information on credits and deductions; and the current year’s tax package.
M. Veil Griffith, the agency’s administrator, said it has been operating the service for at least 11 years. Last year volunteers prepared more than 1,500 returns.
“It’s unbelievable how many people use it,” Griffith said. “It’s a popular program, especially with the elderly and disabled, and it’s really a wonderful benefit for them at no cost.”
Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.