Are you unable to differentiate between a Form 1040 and a toaster? Do you break into sweat when faced with the terms "exemptions," "dependents" and "earned income credits"? Does the prospect of tackling your taxes make you want to run and hide?
George Fox University is here to help.
The school's College of Business has slated six dates in February, March and April where it will offer free tax preparation and e-filling aid to local residents.
Called the Tax-Aide Program, the program is simple in that it is designed to prepare returns and is especially geared toward seniors, students, low-income individuals and those with limited English proficiency, according to a release from GFU.
The program is not, however, for those folks with complicated returns.
The first installment of Tax-Aide is set for 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Room 210 of the Hoover Academic Building on the GFU campus, where all the sessions will take place. The second Tax-Aide is slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22. March events are set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 and 4:30 to 9 p.m. March 19. The final sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4 and 4:30 to 9 p.m. April 9.
A sign-up sheet will be available 30 minutes prior to each session, which are on a first-come first-served basis.
Those seeking help with their taxes should bring photo identification, Social Security cards or individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, birth dates for family members, the current year's tax package and the appropriate tax forms, such as W-2, 1099-INT and others.
Other information that could be useful in completing the forms include a list of medical expenses, other taxes, interest statements, charitable contributions and miscellaneous expenses, as well as child and disabled dependent care information, bank routing and account numbers, health insurance coverage and a copy of their 2018 federal and state returns.
The school works in conjunction with the IRS, AARP and the Oregon Department of Revenue in administering the program. The school also offers free electronic filing, allowing returns to be processed faster than using traditional mailing. 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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