Tax-Aide program ongoing at senior center

By Charlene Hoeflich

March 13, 2014

POMEROY — Free tax assistance is currently being offered to area residents at the Meigs Senior Center through the AARP Tax-Aide program.

Volunteers are available Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon to assist in preparing federal and state tax returns. However, appointments must be made with Becky Triplett, who is handling details of scheduling. She said about 11 appointments are made for each morning and that, to date, about 120 residents of the area — senior citizens and others — have already been assisted in completing their federal and state income tax forms. Appointment slots are being filled rapidly, she advises. The service will continue through April 14.

While the emphasis is on assisting seniors, Triplett said others are welcome to take advantage of the service if they fall into the low and moderate income category.

All returns are prepared with tax software and can be filed electronically for free. Refunds can be deposited in the checking account of the taxpayer. People wanting to take advantage of direct deposit should bring a blank check from which information can be taken to route the deposit.

Currently, there are three tax preparers available at the center who volunteer their time to work with taxpayers. They are Barbara Beegle, of the Racine area, and Paul Ross and Buzz Caul, of Athens.

Assistance is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with appointment times from 9 to 11:15 a.m.. Those wanting an appointment are to call (740) 992-2161 and ask for Triplett. There is no charge for the service.