LIFESTYLE

Seniors can get free tax assistance in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Free tax assistance from volunteers certified under the TAXAIDE program jointly sponsored by the AARP FOUNDATION, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the PA Department of Revenue is being offered in both Greencastle and Waynesboro this tax season.

Although open to the broad community based on need, the service is generally intended for low and middle income senior citizens needing help in preparing both income tax returns and requests for PA-sponsored property tax and rent rebates. Membership in AARP is not a requirement to use this service.

Counselor services are being offered generally on a first-come, first served basis in two locations and continuing through Wednesday, April 13.

Services will be offered at the Greencastle Senior Activity Center, 10615 Antrim Church Road, (597-2020) each Monday, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Services will be offered at Evangelical Lutheran Church (South Church and Second streets) in Waynesboro each Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Use the entrance adjacent to Second Street parking lot.

To properly serve those requesting tax assistance, AARP and the IRS require that counselors be provided current and prior year income and expense records, copies of prior year complete forms and proper identification at time of service. All provided information will be returned to the customer at the conclusion of their visit. A free electronic filing service for all tax returns will be encouraged.

The IRS has advised that tax returns which will be affected by tax law changes enacted Dec. 23 will not be processed before late February. Consequently, TAXAIDE volunteers cannot assist taxpayers who itemize deductions, claim educator expense deductions or claim higher education and fees deductions until after Feb. 13.

Shut-ins and those who are not physically able to travel to one of the sites noted may request consideration for a counselor home visit by contacting Bill George at 762-7379.