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AARP Providing Free Tax Help Beginning Feb. 1

Posted January 31, 2017, 05:09 PM HST Updated February 3, 2017, 12:12 PM HST
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The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will be providing free tax preparation assistance to Hawaiʻi taxpayers beginning Feb. 1.

The service is available for low to moderate-income taxpayers, and special attention will be given to people 50 years and older. You do not need to be a retiree or AARP member.

Service locations include libraries, senior centers and other convenient locations, and is being offered at over 30 sites Islandwide. The following Tax-Aide assistance sites will be available on Hawaiʻi Island:

Captain Cook
Yano Hall (S-3122)
82-6156 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Captain Cook, HI 96704
Wednesdays, 9:00am –12:00 noon
Walk-in:  Open 2/1-4/12

Hilo
A & D Resource Center (S-3111)
1055 Kinoʻole Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Tuesdays, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Thursdays, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Appointment Required
Staff (808) 961-8777
Open 2/2-4/13
Closed 3/23

Kailua-Kona
Catholic Charities (Kona) (S-3108)
(ABOVE COSTCO)
73-5618 Maiau Street, Ste. B201
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Tuesdays, 12:00 noon – 4:00pm
Appointments: (808) 491-9085
Walk-in: based on availability
Open 2/7-4/11

Hale Halawai Comm. Center (S-3106)
75-5760 Aliʻi Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Thursdays, 8:00am – 12:00 noon
Walk-in
Open 2/2-4/13

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Kamuela
Waimea Community Center (S-3103)
65-1260 Kawaihae Rd.
Kamuela HI 96743
Fridays,  8:30am – 4:00pm
Appointment Required
(808) 388-6645/885-4722
Open 2/2-4/14

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and certified to ensure they are knowledgeable of the latest revisions to the U.S. tax code. Last year in Hawaiʻi, 225 Tax-Aide volunteers assisted over 12,000 people with federal and state tax returns, amounting to nearly $5.7 million in refunds and more than $1 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) for 2016.

“Tax-Aide volunteers help many low-income workers who might otherwise fail to file for EITCs,” said AARP Hawaiʻi State President Gerry Silva. “Our volunteers can also make it easier for people with retirement and other life changes to file their taxes.”

Be sure to bring all necessary documents to a Tax-Aide site when filing a return. These include last year’s returns, Social Security cards or other official documentation, photo ID, W-2, interest and other tax documents, a 1095A form if you purchased Marketplace health insurance, and a check book with bank routing and account information for direct deposit.

For more information, call 1 (888) AARP-NOW or visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp.

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