Well, it’s that time of year again – dust off your W-2s & 1099, get out your pens, and get to work on those 1040s because Tax Season is upon us!
As much as it pains me to admit this, I am not an expert in personal finances. You probably figured this out already due to my assumption that W-2s get dusty. Look, I was just trying to be folksy – I don’t have to defend myself here. Luckily, there is a place that I can go that will help me cross all my T’s and dot my lower-case j’s on all things tax-related: the Hamilton Public Library!
Not only do we have tax forms and instruction packets available for free* but we also host Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), a free service sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County. What this means is we have at least two certified volunteers here to work with folks who are above the age of 60 when it comes time to prepare their tax returns. This service is provided by appointment only, please call (315) 684-3001 to set something up.
There is also the Volunteer In Tax Assistance (VITA) for those that do not meet the age requirements for the TCE and earned less than $54,000 in 2018. This service is available to Madison County residents through the Department of Social Services in Wampsville. To make an appointment with them, please call the Community Action Partnership for Madison County at (315) 697-3588, ext. 17.
Tax preparation can be a taxing (pun intended) time – let us help you through that difficult process. Just please do not expect every library employee to be an expert on this – we’re not accountants. If we were, why would we be working in the library?
*some restrictions apply, see a library staff member for more information.