Good news for anyone on a limited income: The AARP TaxAide program will be providing free tax preparation again this year at the Summit Center, located at 518 South 5th Street in Mankato. Volunteer tax preparers will be available by appointment every Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Please call the Summit Center at 507-345-5262 to make an appointment and for information on what documents to bring to the appointment. Available dates in 2011 are February 3 through April 15. (Federal income taxes are due on Monday, April 18 this year because of a holiday on Friday, April 15, in Washington, D.C., followed by a weekend.)
Ginger Klink, local TaxAide coordinator, says that there is no upper income limit set for who may have their taxes prepared free. The service is free for everyone, but it gives special attention to seniors aged 60 and over.
Last year, about half of the 1,800 clients were senior citizens. The TaxAide program has never had to turn anyone away, although they did add on extra sessions to accommodate everyone at the end of the 2010 tax season.
The AARP TaxAide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, in cooperation with the MN Department of Revenue.