Once again, AARP’s Tax Aide program is available in Camden through April 14 each Tuesday at the Kershaw Baptist Association Building, 14 East DeKalb St., the same location used in 2014.
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service for individuals with low to moderate incomes, with special attention to those age 60 or older. Last year, more than 2 million taxpayers were assisted by Tax-Aide volunteers during the tax season.
Appointments are available by calling 713-9475. A local, trained volunteer will prepare the return, based upon information provided by the clients, and electronically file those returns with the Internal Revenue Service and the S.C. Department of Revenue free of charge. This is a service provided by AARP, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, for persons with simple returns.
Clients with appointments should bring some information to the Tax Preparation Session with them. According to Local Coordinator Woodie Dixon, those desiring to have 2014 tax returns prepared should bring all documents related to income (W-2s, 1099-SSAs and other 1099s), Social Security cards for all taxpayers and dependents to be included on the return, and all documents related to those items which might be deductible on the return. Bringing a copy of the previous year’s tax return would also be very helpful.
There is one new aspect of the tax return process for 2014. Because of a law passed in 2010, each taxpayer must provide information about the health care insurance coverage each person listed on the tax return had during the calendar year 2014. That includes all dependents claimed. If someone was covered by Medicare, Medicaid, employer-provided health insurance, military retirement health insurance or student insurance purchased through a college, those policies will meet government-mandated minimum health insurance standards. Those who did not have proper health insurance during 2014 will pay an additional tax to be calculated on the 2014 tax return.
Those persons or families who purchased health care insurance for 2014 through the Government Insurance Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov) or through a private insurance company will receive a Form 1095-A in the mail from the insuring company. The form must be brought to the Tax-Aide location at the time of your appointment because there is important information on Form 1095-A that must be included on your 2014 tax return.