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AARP Tax-Aide offering free tax preparation help at BCS libraries

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AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be providing income tax preparation and filing assistance at the Bryan + College Station Public Library System again this year. Tax-Aide help is free, but an appointment is required.

Tax-Aide volunteers will be at Clara B. Mounce and Larry J. Ringer libraries beginning Feb. 2 through April 15. Here’s how to use this free service:

Step 1: Obtain a Tax-Aide packet

You may obtain a printed packet at Mounce or Ringer libraries or download a packet online.

Once you obtain a packet, complete the enclosed forms and assemble your tax documents (W-2s, 1099s, etc.) before coming to your appointment. 

Step 2: Schedule an appointment

Beginning Jan. 29, you can schedule appointments online or by phone. Do not delay. Time slots fill up quickly!

To schedule by phone, call (979) 217-1778 or (281) 826-9337 to make an appointment at either library location. Tax-Aide cannot return messages, so please try again until you get through. 

Mounce operating hours

  • Monday: 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ringer operating hours

  • Monday: 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Step 3: What to expect at your appointment

At your appointment, a Tax-Aide volunteer will verify your identity, review your Tax-Aide packet and then direct you to a trained volunteer tax preparer. You will meet with a tax preparer who will complete your return. After that, you will meet with another preparer to review and double-check the return before we ask you to sign to electronically file your return. The entire process will take one-to-two hours.

Remember to complete your paperwork and bring proper identification methods: driver’s license or photo ID and social security cards or ITINs for everyone on the return. This will ensure that your income tax return can be promptly prepared for your approval and filed electronically.