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Friday, February 1, 2013

Free income tax help available in Annandale

AARP volunteers are providing free walk-in tax preparation assistance at the Mason Government Center from Feb. 1 through April 15. This service will take place on Mondays and Thursdays 1-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

All returns will be filed electronically. Bring last year’s tax return, a photo ID, Social Security cards, and other relevant documents. For more information, call 888/227-7669.

Free income preparation services are also available to qualified people at the Fairfax SkillSource Center in Annandale. People who worked in 2012 and earned less than $51,000 may qualify.

The SkillSource Center is at the Heritage Center, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 300 West. IRS-certified volunteers will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through April 13. Facilitated self-assistance, in which taxpayers file their own taxes with help from a volunteer, is available on Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

This assistance is being provided throughout the region by the Northern Virginia Cash (creating assets, savings, and hope) Coalition. Volunteers will ensure taxpayers receive the maximum refund and will determine if clients are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

This free tax service is also available at several nearby locations, including:
A special one-day event, sponsored by Deloitte LLP, is scheduled for Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the  SkillSource Center in Annandale, with food and child care provided.

If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the forms. Taxpayers should bring a picture ID, Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, wage and earning statements from all employers, interest and dividend statements from banks, copies of last year’s federal and state tax returns, proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers, total paid for day care providers and providers tax identifying number.

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