Want to get your 2017 income taxes done for free? Have tax questions? Need tax forms? Then take advantage of the Tax-Aide program.
Tax-Aide is a free service comprising IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers who will do your taxes at no charge. The service is open to low to moderate income tax filers.
Six sites serving the area include the Crestview Public Library, Destin Library, Niceville Library, Bob Hope Village, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar and a Fort Walton Beach site at the First Christian Church at 201 St. Mary Ave.
Last year, these sites prepared over 2,600 returns whose refunds totaled over $2.3 million. They start doing tax returns Feb. 1 and go through April 17. To find the location nearest to you and hours of operation, call 1-800-227-7669 or go to www.aarp.org and follow the prompts.
Those interested in the program must bring a photo ID, Social Security cards or other official documentation for the tax filer, spouse and any others on the return; all income and expense documents such as W-2s and 1099s; and it’s helpful to bring your 2016 tax return.
Returns are electronically filed for quick refunds.