AARP to provide free tax filing service in Selma

Published 5:30 pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014

People 60-years-old or older and low to moderate income families can get their taxes filed for free this weekend thanks to an event hosted by the local chapter of the AARP.

Evelyn Cox, president of the AARP Selma Chapter 3352, said people who fit those descriptions are invited to attend the free tax filing session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Vaughan Place Senior Living Community Building, 1300 Old Orrville Rd. in Selma.

“Anything you can get free to help with budget cuts and things of that nature is an opportunity for the community, and it lets them know we care about them,” Cox said. “We are concerned with all of our citizens here in Selma.”

Cox, who has been president of the local AARP chapter for six years, said this is the fifth year the chapter will host the free tax aide event. She said the event has grown in popularity over the years.

“We’ve had a great response from the public over the first five years we have been doing this,” Cox said. “And that is why we are asking people to call ahead and set up an appointment. It could get busy and we don’t want to inconvenience people by making them wait around.”

Cox said walk-ins are welcome, but there might be a wait.

People interested in making an appointment are asked to call 875-4844, and leave a message.

Those who attend the event are asked to bring several important documents to help the professionals who will be filing the taxes for them.

People are asked to bring a copy of last year’s income tax return, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a picture ID for the filer or filers.

Other suggested documents are W-2 forms, unemployment compensation statements, any 1099 forms for Social Security benefits, pensions, annuities or miscellaneous income.