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|Tax assistance offered for senior citizens|
Dozens of local senior citizens are getting help filing their income tax returns at various locations in Ouachita Parish, and AARP volunteers encourage seniors to get assistance before the April 15 deadline to file tax returns for 2007.
AARP volunteers are helping local seniors at several sites this year, including the Monroe Council on Aging, West Ouachita Senior Center and the Ouachita Parish Library.
The senior centers request that those who need assistance reserve a spot with one of AARP's volunteers. They will be available to help local seniors up until the deadline to file income taxes. Assistance usually takes up to one hour.
The West Ouachita Senior Center also will help local seniors fill out paperwork to get their stimulus payment. The IRS will send out tax rebate checks to more than 130 million households beginning in May.
Up to 20 million Americans who rely primarily on Social Security income qualify for a rebate check.
Anyone who received at least $3,000 from a job, self-employment, Social Security and/or certain veterans benefits qualify to receive a rebate check.
To qualify, seniors must file a 2007 tax return on IRS forms 1040 or 1040A. Seniors are required to file the paperwork regardless of their income.
In most cases, seniors will receive a payment of $300 to $600.
Most rebate checks will be mailed by summer. However, if seniors miss the Oct. 15 deadline to file 2007 taxes, they will not get their checks until the end of 2008.
Seniors who need help with paperwork to get their stimulus payment are asked to visit the West Ouachita Senior Center so staff can personally make sure all required information is provided accurately.
For more information, or transportation assistance to the center, call 324-1280.
AARP also is looking for volunteers to help with next year's income tax assistance program. Volunteers will be trained to help local seniors from February to April next year.
To volunteer with AARP, call Herb Scribner at 322-2362.