Free Tax Help Available

Open to low-income and seniors

State tax authorities, along with the AARP Foundation, are offering free tax advice and assistance for low-income taxpayers and seniors.

William Estelle of the state Department of Taxation and Finance will be available at the Butterfield Library in Cold Spring, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through April 11 to assist with electronic filing. E-filing is free for those with annual incomes of less than $62,000. The library is located at 10 Morris Avenue. Call 845-265-3040 for information.

Ed Hogarty of the AARP Foundation provides tax assistance at the Howland Public Library in Beacon, for seniors age 60 and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. The library is located at 313 Main St. The AARP Foundation also provides assistance at Rehabilitation Inc., 10 Eliza St. in Beacon, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. An appointment is necessary at both locations; dial 211 or 800-899-1479.

The average return takes about an hour. Bring a copy of state and federal returns from 2015 (if filed), photo ID, affordable healthcare statement (form 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C), health insurance exemption certificate (if received), information related to credits being claimed, bank account and routing numbers (for direct deposit of any refund), proof of income (forms W-2, 1098, 1099) and any other documents showing income.

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