Sacramento County AARP's Tax Aide program will offer free help filing 2012 federal and state tax returns for low and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older.
Services will be available Friday through April 15 at a number of Sacramento County locations, including the Arden-Dimick, Arcade, Carmichael and Folsom libraries, as well as the Rio Linda-Elverta Community Center, Orangevale Recreation and Park District Community Center, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, Victory Townhomes and a new location, a Goodwill facility on Norwood Avenue.
Taxpayers seeking help with their tax returns are advised to schedule appointments with AARP's tax counselors by calling 211 or (916) 498-1000. Days and appointment hours vary according to the site.
Documents, as applicable, that should be brought to appointments include the 2011 tax return, Social Security numbers for any dependents, W-2 forms from each employer, the annual Social Security benefit statement, any pension or annuity statements, other 1099 forms and all forms showing income and unemployment compensation.
Those who use child care services should bring the name of the child care provider and the employer ID or Social Security number.
Taxpayers who itemize deductions are advised to bring all receipts or canceled checks for items such as medical expenses, including mileage related to medical services, taxes paid, mortgage interest paid, their property tax statement showing the amount paid and the parcel number, and charitable contributions.
A description should be provided for each itemized category, including the total amount for each category.