AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will help Green Valley-area residents prepare and efile their taxes free starting in February.

Tax-Aide’s target clients are seniors, age 50 and older, with low to medium incomes. But the free tax service is available to all area residents, regardless of age or income. AARP membership is not required.

Tax-Aide cannot prepare tax returns involving businesses, farm income, rental property income or complicated partnerships (reported on Forms K-1). Also, because Arizona is a community property state, Married Filing Separately tax returns are out of scope for the AZ Tax-Aide program.

Last year’s Tax Reform Act changed more than just Form 1040’s appearance to postcard size. Standard deductions were drastically increased but personal exemptions were eliminated (until 2025). Self-employed filers picked up a couple of new tax breaks, while qualifying children must now have Social Security numbers.

Low income Arizona residents, 65 and older, could qualify for a Property Tax Credit (PTC). Arizona PTC refunds of up to $502 are available to both home owners and renters. To obtain this credit, filers must provide proof of property tax paid in calendar year 2018 (usually 2nd half 2017 and 1st half 2018 taxes) or an AZ Form 201 provided by their landlord. The other potential AZ refund is a $25 or $50 Excise Tax Credit for lower income single or married AZ filers of any age. Tax-Aide counselors can determine if clients qualify for either or both of these refundable AZ credits.

Area residents wishing to use Tax-Aide’s free service will have five local tax preparation sites to choose from in Southern Arizona through April 15.

La Posada Recreation Center, 501 La Posada Circle, will be open on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., walk-in clients only. Returns will not be started after 2 p.m.

St Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Canada Drive, will be open on Mondays and Fridays, starting Feb. 1. Monday hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 4, site hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Monday, March 18, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. On Fridays, St. Francis will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This tax site will be closed Friday, March 22. This site accepts walk-in clients only.

GVR East Center Lounge, 7 S. Abrego Drive, will be open Saturdays, starting Feb 2 , from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also open two Sundays, Feb. 24 and March 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments required. Call Mark Haskoe at 520-300-6407.

Rio Rico Community Center, 391 Avenida Coatimundi, will be open for walk-in clients only: Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon starting Feb. 4.

Tubac Community Center, 50 Bridge Road, will be open for walk-in clients only: Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting Feb 2.

Bring the following to the tax preparation site: Picture IDs for the taxpayer and spouse, Social Security cards or SS statements for everyone on the tax return. Also bring documentation for income and itemized deductions, ACA forms and your 2017 tax returns.

For additional information on the AARP Tax-Aide program, please contact Mark Haskoe at 520-300-6407.


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