Tallahassee Library Provides Free Tax Help

From now until April 15 the Leon County Public Library will be providing tax help for free.

American Association of Retired Persons is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service.   

They are located on the main floor from Monday to Friday, 1-4:30 p.m. Walk-in are welcome but it is first come first serve. The program helps out with 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1099 Misc and 1096 tax forms. 

“The AARP Foundation has helped individuals for more than 40 years,” AARP Tax Coordinator Christie Moore said.

Moore is in charge of making sure any questions about taxes is answered and all completed tax forms are done and sent in correctly, something that Mary Kuipers, Leon County librarian and tax coordinator, appreciates about this free program.

“The IRS sends us forms and all kinds of information but people still struggle to get their taxes done. It’s still a very confusing, time consuming process. It is made worse by the fact that the IRS no longer sends us instruction booklets. So it is wonderful that AARP is here,” Kuippers said.

AARP has additional locations for tax help including: Godby High School, Smith-Williams Center and Tallahassee City Hall.

Even though this program has been around for 40 years some residents, specifically college students, didn’t know about this annual service.

“I have not filed my taxes yet,” Kiah Moorehead, third-year pre-physical therapy student, said. “I did not know about this. It will be something that I check out.”

To find out more information about the tax services, please visit the locations provided and check the Leon County Public Library website