MANATEE COUNTY -- Free AARP tax preparation sites are up and running for taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and over.
All sites prepare and file form 1040 electronically. All volunteers are trained in cooperation with the IRS to make sure taxpayers receive applicable tax credits and deductions. This year taxes are being done at five different sites:
The main library at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday and Friday. Sign-up begins at 8 a.m.
Bayshore Gardens Community Church at 6228 26th St. W,, Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. Sign up begins at 11:15 a.m.
Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave E,, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. by appointment only, sign up at 9 a.m.
Freedom Village Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 am, by appointment. Call 941-357-2191.
In Ellenton, taxes are prepared at Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. Highway 301. Please check at any Manatee County library for the schedule. Dates and times are listed on the website: aarp.org/taxaide.
Many walk-up sites have lines early, but a much shorter wait later. Plan to arrive one hour before scheduled closing at walk -up sites.
Bring all 2013 tax related documents, a copy of your 2012 return, cost and purchase date for any investments sold or exchanged, picture ID and Social Security document for all taxpayers and dependents.