Assistance program to help seniors file taxes

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Jan. 30, 2013 @ 11:12 AM

The Senior Dynamics program at the Davidson County Department of Senior Services — in cooperation with the Davidson County Tax Coalition — is offering free tax advice and tax form preparation for older, low-income county residents this season.
Beginning Feb. 4, residents can seek assistance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Thomasville Senior Center. Volunteer counselors through the tax aide program of the American Association of Retired Persons, AARP, are equipped with the help of the Internal Revenue Service to provide instruction and tax form preparation.
"The volunteers who come over with the tax coalition services," said Christie Smith, Lexington Senior Center manager. "They have been great to work with. Our seniors are some of the same faces we see each year. They just keep coming back, I think, because of the services they've received (from volunteers)."
Those who wish to use this free tax service should bring copies of federal and state tax return forms from last year, a picture ID, social security card,  2012 income information and checking or savings account information for direct deposit of refunds. Among the documents necessary to file, participants will need W-2s and 1099s for wages, interests and dividends.
Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment in Thomasville, please call 474-2754. For Wednesday or Friday appointments at the Lexington Senior Center, call 242-2290.
"We need folks to know they need to schedule that appointment," Smith said. "Because of the number of folks we serve through this program, we can't accommodate walk-ins."
Thomasville Senior Center is located at 211 W. Colonial Drive. Lexington Senior Center is at 555-B W. Center Ext.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or