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LA Senior Program provides free tax prep assistance

The Los Altos Senior Program has scheduled a free tax-return preparation service Monday mornings through April 13.

The Tax-Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program, and Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site since 1997.

Trained, IRS-certified volunteers meet with clients, review their tax forms and records, then prepare and electronically file both federal and California tax returns.

The volunteers are not certified to prepare returns involving rentals with depreciation or some other more complex returns. They will, however, handle simpler returns for sole proprietorships that don’t involve depreciation.

Tax-Aide also can file extensions with the IRS if a taxpayer does not have all needed tax documents before April 15. All taxes due must be paid by April 15, even if a completed tax return is filed later.

Clients should bring photo ID, Social Security card or statement, their 2018 tax return, all 2019 tax information and evidence of health-care coverage if available.

This year Tax-Aide will be preparing tax returns at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., because the previous site, Hillview Community Center, was demolished to make way for a new facility.

Appointments for tax services are required.

To make an appointment or to inquire if your tax return qualifies, call the Los Altos Senior Program at 947-2797.

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