Tax laws are changing in 2018, but the Solvang Senior Center is on the ball. The center is offering free assistance to low-income and middle-income taxpayers for the preparation of federal and state income tax forms from Feb. 2 through April 9. All assistance is provided by appointment only between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday and Friday afternoons.
Solvang Senior Center volunteers are trained by the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board and will provide assistance in the completion and e-filing of returns. Although the focus is on seniors, tax payers of all ages are welcome.
The American Association of Retired Persons Tax-Aide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers do not need to be members of AARP to have their taxes prepared by center volunteers. Tax clients must bring their Social Security cards, a valid picture ID, records of any 2017 wages (W-2 forms), and all 1099 forms received; these forms report income from such items as interest, dividends, pensions and IRAs, as well as copies of tax year 2016 Federal and State tax returns. (Complex returns that entail rental property, farming or businesses and have more than $5,000 of expenses are beyond the scope of the program and should be taken to tax professionals for preparation.)
To schedule an appointment, call the Solvang Senior Center at 805-688-3793. The center is located at 1745 Mission Drive in Solvang.