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Posted on: January 29, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Wayne Aging Offers Tax Help for Seniors

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HONESDALE (Jan. 29, 2018) The AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers will again assist Wayne County’s Senior Citizens and low to moderate income taxpayers with 2017 Federal and State tax returns. There is no charge for these services performed by well-trained volunteer tax counselors. Appointments are necessary; no walk-ins, please.

Taxpayers are asked to bring only “simple tax returns.” The volunteers are unable to assist in the filing of long or complex returns. You must bring to your appointment a copy of last year’s tax returns and all tax information you have received in order to file your 2017 tax returns.

These documents include your Social Security 1099s, wage and earnings statements (W-2), pensions, IRA’s, interests, and dividends information. Homeowners should bring 2017 county/city and school tax statements. If you sold your home in 2017 bring all supporting paperwork pertaining to the sale and 1099-S if you received one.

You should also bring any information about any economic recovery you received; new home you bought; energy saving items such as new windows, insulation, new roof, new heating system or appliances; out-of-pocket medical expenses including mileage to doctors and health facilities.

You must also provide a photo ID, your Social Security card, and your health care information.

Volunteers are limited, so advance reservations are required. Call the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at (570) 253-4262 and schedule your appointment, get directions to one of the sites, or if you have any questions regarding the Tax Assistance program.  When calling for an appointment, please be sure to let us know if you are filing for federal and state taxes or just state and rebate.

Appointments can be made between 9 am and 1:30 pm: at the Earl J. Simons Senior Center at 323 10th Street, Honesdale on Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29;  at the Hamlin Senior Center in the Salem Township Building, 15 Township Building Road, of Route 590 in Hamlin on Mondays from Feb. 5, 12, 20, 22 and March 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Tax Assistance in Honesdale will be rescheduled to the following day if Wayne Highlands School District is closed due to inclement weather.  Tax Assistance in Hamlin will be rescheduled to the following day if Western Wayne School is closed due to inclement weather, except Feb. 20 at Hamlin. In which case call 570-253-4262 to reschedule.

 Please watch your local and Scranton TV stations or listen to radio stations 95.3 DNH or Classic Hits 105.3 for cancellation information or check the county website. If you must cancel your appointment, please call the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at least 24 hours in advance or as soon as possible so the agency can try to fill your slot.

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