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AARP offers free tax services in McHenry County

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 5:11 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County district of AARP Tax-Aide, a program co-sponsored by AARP and the IRS, is offering free tax preparation for lower-income seniors.

Tax sites opened Feb. 4 and are taking appointments at area locations until April 11, said Jim Zoellick, district director for McHenry County.

In McHenry, services are being offered at First Midwest Bank, 3510 W. Elm St., on Tuesdays and Fridays. For information, call 815-451-1578.

In Woodstock, services are at the Woodstock Library, 414 W. Judd St., on Tuesdays and Fridays. For information, call 815-344-3555.

In Crystal Lake, services are at Algonquin Township, 3702 Route 14, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, call 847-639-2700.

Services will be offered at Lake in the Hills Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate, on Mondays and Fridays. For information, call 847-960-7410.

At the Wauconda Library, 801 N. Main St., services will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For information, call 847-526-6225.

In Huntley, services will be at Heartland Bank, 12101 Regency Parkway, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Stop in to make an appointment.

The program is for people age 60 or older with incomes of less than $60,000. The program does not cover business income, rental real estate or excessive stock sales. Both federal and state returns are electronically filed for faster refunds. Those who used the AARP program last year should return to the same site.

Taxpayers should bring their 2012 tax return and the paperwork that went with it: all W2s, 1099s and financial statements for 2013 (medical expenses, contributions, etc.). If you sold stock, you must know what you paid for it and when. If you have not used AARP tax aide before, you should also bring a photo ID and Social Security Card for each taxpayer.

All sites will close April 11.

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