POMEROY — Free tax assistance is currently being offered to area residents at the Meigs Senior Center through the AARP Tax-Aide program.
Volunteers are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon to assist in preparing both federal and state returns. However, appointments must be made with Rhonda Rathburn who is in charge of the program. She said that slots for assistance are being filled rapidly.
While the emphasis is on assisting seniors, Rathburn said others are welcome to take advantage of the service if they fall into the low and moderate income category.
All returns are prepared with tax software and can be filed electronically for free. Refunds can be deposited in the checking account of the taxpayer if desired. Those wanting to take advantage of direct deposit should bring a blank check from which information can be taken to route the deposit.
Currently there are three tax preparers available at the Center who volunteer their time to work with taxpayers. They are Barbara Beegle, Paul Ross and Becky Triplett.
Assistance is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with appointment times from 9 a.m to 11:15 a.m. until April 14. Those wanting an appointment are to call 740-992-2161 and ask for Rathburn.
While there is no charge for the tax assistance, donations are being accepted, said Rathburn.