Help with preparing taxes offered
FREE HELP to prepare basic federal and state income tax returns will be offered again this year to those with moderate to low incomes, especially those aged 60 and over, the disabled and those with limited English-speaking skills.
The program, utilizing trained volunteers, is sponsored by the nonprofit AARP Tax-Aide, the Internal Revenue Service, state Department of Taxation, Armed Forces, community organizations/coalitions and educational institutions.
Among the items you must bring: photo ID; Social Security card (also for spouses and dependents, if applicable); current year's federal and state tax form packets, if received; wage/earnings and interest/dividend statements; copy of last year's income tax returns; and other relevant information regarding income and expenses.
Free electronic filing is available at most sites.
For information or to find a site closest to you, call AARP Tax-Aide at 1-888-227-7669; Aloha United Way at 211 or 275-2000 (Oahu); or the city Elderly Affairs Division, 523-4545. (Neighbor islanders can call the AUW at 1-877-275-6569 to ask about locations.)
The sites will be open on the times and days noted, between Feb. 1 and April 15, and closed on state holidays or as noted. No appointment necessary, unless specified. Dates are subject to change without prior notice.
» Nursing homes/homebound: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, appointment only. Call Carolyn Abney, 949-0119.
» AARP Information Office
, 1199 Dillingham Blvd., Unit A-106: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
» Aina Haina Public Library, 5246 Kalanianaole Highway: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, noon-3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Feb. 17 and March 24.
» Ala Wai Community Park, 2015 Kapiolani Blvd.: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Chinese spoken.
» Alu Like-Central, 458 Keawe St.: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays; 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only; call 535-6700.
» Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St.: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays.
» Hawaii Asset Building Coalition-ACORN Hawaii, 949 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm. 106: 3-8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. For appointments, call 593-8411.
» HABC-AARP Tax-Aide Super Site, Susannah Wesley Community Center, 1117 Kaili St.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 only.
» HABC-Goodwill Beretania, 1075 Beretania St.: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, February through April 5. For appointments, call 521-8634. Chukese and Marshallese spoken.
» HABC-Hawaii Services On Deafness, 1833 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 905: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3, by appointment only. Contact Sherri Yanagi, 946-7300 voice/TTY or fax 951-1050. For deaf/hard-of-hearing only.
» HABC-Ho'opono Rehabilitation Center, 1901 Bachelot St.: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 17 only, by appointment only, call Jon Koki, 586-5267. For blind/visually impaired only.
» HABC-HCAP/Oahu Worklinks-Makalapa Community Center, 99-102 Kalaloa, 2nd floor: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 31-April 11; 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 17 and March 17 only. Walk-in or appointment. Call 488-5630.
» HABC-Oahu Worklinks, Dillingham Plaza, 1505 Dillingham Blvd., Suite 110: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays/Fridays. Closed Feb. 2, March 26, April 6. Call 843-0733, ext. 221 for appointment.
» HABC-Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, 545 Queen St., Ste. 100: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 7 and 14 only.
» Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., Room 11: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Closed Feb. 13. Chinese, Filipino and Japanese spoken.
» Hawaii Kai Public Library, 249 Lunalilo Home Road: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Closed Feb. 17 and April 7. French spoken.
» Kalihi Palama Public Library, 1325 Kalihi St.: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Closed April 13.
» Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center, 1640 Lanakila Ave.: 8 a.m.-noon Mondays. Closed Feb. 19 and March 26, but open Feb. 20 and March 27, by appointment only, call Iris Hiramoto, 847-1322. Japanese spoken.
» Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, 924 Bethel St.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday, by appointment only; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, walk-in or appointment. Call 536-4302.
» Liliha Public Library, 1515 Liliha St.: 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
» Susannah Wesley Community Center, 1117 Kaili St.: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, closed March 24.
» Aiea Public Library
, 99-143 Moanalua Road: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, February to April; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays in February only.
» Hawaii Asset Building Coalition, Waipahu Civic Center, 94-275 Mokuola, Rm. 101A: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Feb. 17 and March 10 only.
» HABC-Leeward Community College, Business Education Bldg. BE-229, 96-045 Ala Ike: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Feb. 3-March 31.
» Olaloa Retirement Village, 95-1050 Makaikai St.: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
» Saint Jude Catholic Church, 92-455 Makakilo Drive: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays.
>> Wahiawa Public Library, 820 California: noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Closed April 6. Japanese spoken.
» Waialua Community Association, 66-434 Kamehameha Highway: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays.
» Waianae Community Center, 85-670 Farrington Highway: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Filipino spoken.
» Waipahu United Church of Christ, 94-330 Mokuola: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
» Brigham Young University-Hawaii
, 55-220 Kulanui St., Classroom Bldg. 150: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, March 3-April 14. Closed April 7. Special services for nonresident aliens.
» Community of Christ Church, 45-119 Kaneohe Bay Drive: 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 247-4178 for appointment. Chinese and Japanese spoken.
» Hawaii Asset Building Coalition/Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii-Waimanalo Health Center, 41-1347 Kalanianaole Highway: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 17 only.
» Kahuku Public School/Library, 56-490 Kamehameha Highway: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays.
» KEY Project, 47-200 Waihee: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed March 23 and 24, April 6.
» Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive: 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Got a question or complaint?
Call 529-4773, fax 529-4750, or write to Kokua Line, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210, Honolulu 96813. As many as possible will be answered. E-mail to email@example.com
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