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Tax forms a problem? Free tax counseling is nearby
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Few things in life are free.

But the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), sponsors free tax assistance in Kershaw County. The service is available for low- to moderate-income taxpayers, with special emphasis on persons age 60 and over.

“Those who have relatively ‘simple’ tax returns are the people we want to help,” Local Coordinator Woodie Dixon said. “If you have a tax return that is relatively simple, you can probably be assisted also.”

According to Dixon, appointments are available on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 14. Those desiring to schedule an appointment may call 713-9475. If there is no answer, please leave a message and the volunteer scheduler will return your call. The Kershaw Baptist Association Building, 14 East DeKalb St., in Camden, will be the site for the Kershaw County area. Last year, Tax-Aide volunteers e-filed nearly 97 percent of prepared returns, resulting in more accuracy and speedier refunds.

A trained local volunteer will help you fill out your tax return. This volunteer has been specially trained on items of special concern to older persons, including such things as:

• retirement income; what is taxable and what is not;

• death of a spouse;

• earned income credit;

• sale of stocks or bonds (be sure to bring all the documents you received related to the transaction);

• sale of a home (there will be an exclusion of capital gain if certain guidelines are met);

• qualifying widow or widower;

• child or dependent care credit; and

• whether you meet the requirements of the health care insurance law passed in 2010 and which might affect you and your family’s 2014 tax return (Medicare does meet the requirement).

Some things in life are still free.