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Tax time help available

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- The group that helped more than 2,000 Tri-State vresidents last tax season is gearing up to help file federal and state income taxes again at three locations in Lawrence County.

The VITA/AARP volunteers will begin tax assistance services on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Workforce Development Resource Center at 120 N. 3rd St., Ironton. Tax aid also will be available at the Southern Branch of the Briggs-Lawrence County Library in South Point and Ohio University Southern's Proctorville Center.

The group filed Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and federal taxes free of charge last year. Ten volunteers have signed up to provide the same, free assistance once again this year, said Kathy Moore, an AARP member who has been volunteering as a tax aide for 14 years.

"It's our opportunity to give back to the community," Moore said Monday. "I don't like to see people pay to have their taxes done. We can start filing taxes on Jan. 31. A lot of the same people come back year after year. We also gain new people every year by word of mouth."

The tax service by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the AARP runs from Jan. 31 to April 15.

On Mondays, tax assistance is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis at the Proctorville Center from Feb. 4 through April 15 . The phone number for the center is 740-886-7655.

Tax assistance is offered on both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Workforce Development Resource Center in Ironton from Jan. 31 through April 9. The phone number for the resource center is 740-532-3140.

Tax aid also will be available at the library in South Point at 317 Solida Road from Feb. 1 through April 12. The time is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number for the library is 740-377-2288.

Those who work during the week can seek tax assistance on the first Saturdays in February, March and April at both the library in South Point and the resource center in Ironton. The times are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2, March 2 and April 6 at the resource center and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 16 and March 9 at the library in South Point.

"There aren't that may changes from last year," Moore said. "It usually will take between 10 and 21 days to get refunds through the mail or through direct deposit."

Those participating need to bring a photo identification, she said. "Identity theft is becoming more prevalent," Moore said. "It's scary."

They also need a Social Security card, a copy of last year's tax returns, W-2s, unemployment compensation statements or railroad retirement, all 1099 forms showing interest or dividends, miscellaneous income, pensions or annuities, all forms indicating federal or state income tax paid or withheld, dependent care provider information, receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions and checking or savings routing and account numbers for direct deposits.