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Four dates in February and April are set to help patrons wade through complex tax laws

The accounting department in the School of Business at George Fox University will again offer free tax preparation and e-filing assistance to local residents on dates in February and April.

The aim of the annual Tax-Aide program is simple: help taxpayers prepare their returns. The service is especially geared toward seniors, students, low-income individuals and those who have limited English proficiency, although all but those with most complex returns are eligible for assistance.

Help is available from 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and April 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and April 7 in Room 103 of the Hoover Academic Building on campus. All sessions are first come, first served and a sign-up sheet will be available 30 minutes prior to each session.

Those seeking help with their returns must bring photo identification, a Social Security card or individual taxpayer numbers, birthdates for family members, the current year's tax package (if they received one) and all appropriate tax forms, such as W-2, 1099-INT and 1099-DIV, SSA-1099 or RRB-1099, 1099R, etc.

If applicable, patrons should also bring a list of child tax credit information; a list of medical, taxes, interest, contributions and miscellaneous expense; child and disabled dependent care information; bank routing and account numbers and a copy of their 2016 federal and state returns.

GFU's program works in conjunction with the IRS, AARP and the Oregon Department of Revenue. The service also allows patrons to e-file their taxes, allowing for returns to be processed faster. To e-file a joint return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

For more information, call Seth Sikkema at 503-554-2813.

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