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Seniors can take advantage of free Tax-Aide service
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The AARP Tax Foundation is once again sponsoring its free Tax-Aide assistance and preparation service for seniors in Kershaw County.

Tax preparation will be done by trained Tax-Aide volunteers at the Kershaw Baptist Association Building, 14 East DeKalb St. in Camden. The Kershaw Baptist Association Building is the same location used last year by the AARP Tax-Aide group.

Appointments are available each Monday. concluding on Monday, April 18. A few appointments will be available on some Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 713-9475 to schedule an appointment on one of those days.

A local trained volunteer will prepare the return, based upon information provided by the client(s), and electronically file those returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the S.C. Department of Revenue free of charge. This is a service provided by AARP, in cooperation with the IRS, for persons with simple returns. 

Clients with appointments should bring some information to the tax preparation session with them. According to District Coordinator W.W. (Woodie) Dixon, those desiring to have their 2015 tax return 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 last year’s tax return would also be very helpful. 

Because of a law passed in 2010, each taxpayer must provide information about the health care insurance coverage that each person listed on the tax return had during the calendar year 2015. This includes all dependents claimed. If someone was covered by Medicare, Medicaid, employer-provided health insurance, military retirement health insurance or student insurance purchased through the college they attend, those coverages will meet the government-mandated minimum health insurance standards. Those who did not have proper health insurance during 2015 will pay an additional tax which will be calculated on the 2015 tax return.

Those persons or families who purchased health care insurance for 2015 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. This 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 2015 tax return.