HIGHLANDS COUNTY — Tax-Aide, a free nation-wide tax preparation service, will continue its free tax service at five local locations beginning in February. Appointments are not necessary as taxpayers are assisted on a first come, first served basis. Please do not call the locations listed below with tax questions, as the staffs at those sites are not trained in tax matters and they will not be able to assist you. If you have tax related questions, you should come into one of the below listed sites and speak directly to one of the IRS Certified Tax-Aide counselors or call the Local Coordinator for your location as listed below. This free Income Tax Service is sponsored by AARP Foundation and focuses on low to middle income level persons with emphasis on those 60 or over but membership in AARP is not required to take advantage of this service and there are no age requirements or income limitations.
The locations, days and times of operation are as follows:
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
595 E. Main Street, Avon Park, FL 33825
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Opening day: Thursday, Feb. 1
Local Coordinators, Linda Pomeroy 607-434-8208 or Joe Casey 585-356-2454
American Legion, Post 25
1490 U.S. 27, Lake Placid, FL 33852
Tuesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Opening day: Tuesday, Feb. 6
Local Coordinator, Marie Sieker 863-465-3687 or Marcia Kissane 863-465-4966
Faith Lutheran Church
2740 Lakeview Dr., Sebring, FL 33870
Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Opening day: Monday, Feb. 5
Local Coordinator, Bill Shelton 863-385-3802
When visiting one of the AARP tax preparation sites, please bring a photo ID, the Social Security cards for all persons listed on the return, a copy of your tax return from last year and all documents that you received that include income. This includes all 1099 R’s, W-2’s 1099- SSA’s, Railroad Retirement statements, interest and/or dividend income statements and reports of stock sales (these must include the price you originally paid for the stock as well as the price you sold it for). Also, due to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act you will need to bring any documents you may have that confirms that you and all of the individuals in your household have required medical insurance.