Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Qualified filers can
get free tax advice

Free help in preparing federal and state tax returns will be available once again this year for most elderly, low-income, non-English speaking, and/or disabled taxpayers.

The program, utilizing trained volunteers, is sponsored by the AARP (Tax-Aide), Internal Revenue Services, state Department of Taxation, community coalitions, educational institutions and military services.

For more information and for Neighbor Island/military locations, call AARP Tax-Aide at 1-877-227-7844 or 211 for the location of the nearest tax preparation site.

Contact AARP Tax-Aide State Coordinator, Kalfred Chang, at 531-8863, to arrange possible assistance for "shut-ins."

Bring your Social Security card or a current record from the Social Security Administration; federal and state tax form packets, as well as all necessary forms and documents; and copies of last year's federal and state tax returns.

No appointment is necessary unless indicated. Free electronic filing of federal and state tax returns are available at sites with the "e-file" notation. All sites are closed on state holidays and subject to change.


>> AARP Information Office, 1199 Dillingham Blvd., A106: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Feb. 1-April 12. E-file.

>> Central Union Church (Diamond Head Side), 1660 S. Beretania St.: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Feb. 4-April 10. E-file.

>> Good Beginnings-Partnership for Hawaii's Keiki, 1424 Ahonui St., Apt. 19A: Feb. 3-April 11. Appointment only. Call Rina Moefu 842-7843 or 216-4883. Limited e-file.

>> Hawaii Services on Deafness, 310 Paoakalani Ave. #201A: Appointments only. Call Audris Wataoka or Cathy Reimers, 926-4763 Voice/TTY, or e-mail Wataoka@HSOD. For hearing impaired only.

>> Ho'opono Rehabilitation Center, 1901 Bachelot St.: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 8. Appointment only. Call Jon Koki at 586-5267. For visually impaired only.

>> Honolulu Community Action Program, Leahi District, 1915 Palolo Ave.: 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Feb. 4. Walk-in and appointment. Call 528-7050. Limited e-file.

>> Kalihi/Palama Public Library, 1325 Kalihi St.: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 7-April 11. E-file.

>> Kamehameha Homes Hall, 1541 Haka Drive: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays, March 8, 15 and 22. Walk-in and appointment. Call 528-7050. Limited e-file.

>> Lanakila Multipurpose Senior Center, 1640 Lanakila Ave.: 8 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Feb. 3-April 7, and Tuesday, Feb. 18. Appointment only. Call Iris Hiramoto, 847-1322. Japanese spoken. E-file.

>> Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Honolulu Office: Now through April 15: 2-5 p.m., weekdays, appointment only; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, walk-in and appointment; Sundays, appointment only. Call 527-8050.

>> Liliha Public Library, 1515 Liliha St.: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Feb. 4-April 10. E-file.

>> PJKK Federal Building, Cafeteria 5th Floor, 300 Ala Moana: 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, Feb. 4-April 11, and Monday, April 14. E-file only, no state-only paper returns.

>> Susannah Wesley Community Center, 1117 Kaili St.: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, Feb. 1-March 8 only.

>> Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, 545 Queen St., Suite 100: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 26, March 7 and 29, April 12 and 14. Walk-in and appointment. Limited e-file.

>> Waikiki: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave.: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays, Feb. 4-April 11; closed Feb. 13, March 13. E-file.

Windward Oahu

>> Brigham Young University, General Classroom Building, Room 150, 55-220 Kulanui St.: 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, March 1-April 12; closed April 5. Special services for non-resident aliens.

>> Community of Christ Church, 45-119 Kaneohe Bay Drive: 8 a.m.-noon, Mondays/Wednesdays, Feb. 3-April 14. Walk-in and appointment. Call 233-7320 or 247-4178. Japanese spoken. E-file.

>> Honolulu Community Action Program, Windward District Kahuluu, 47-232 Waihee Road: 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Walk-in or appointment. Call 528-7050. Limited e-file.

>> Kahuku Public & School Library, 56-490 Kamehameha Highway: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 5-April 9. E-file.

>> Key Project, 47-200 Waihee Rd., Kaneohe: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fridays/Saturdays, Feb. 7-April 11; closed March 28, 29 and April 5, 12. E-file.

>> St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive, Kailua: 9-11:30 a.m., Mondays/Wednesdays, Feb. 3-April 14. E-file.

Central & Leeward Oahu

>> Aiea Public Library, 99-143 Moanalua Road: 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, Feb. 4-April 8.

>> Honolulu Community Action Program, Makalapa District, 99-102 Kalaloa St.: 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Feb. 19. Walk-in or appointment. Call 528-7050. Limited e-file.

>> Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Walk-in or appointment. Call 528-7050. Limited e-file.

>> Waipahu High School, 94-1211 Farrington Highway, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 16 and April 5. Walk-in or appointment. Call 528-7050. Limited e-file.

>> Ewa Beach Library, 91-950 North Road: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, Feb. 1-April 12. E-file.

>> Olaloa Retirement Village, 95-1050 Makaikai St., Mililani: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 5-April 9. E-file.

>> Pearl City Regional Library, 1138 Waimano Home Road: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 6-April 10. E-file.

>> Wahiawa Public Library, 820 California Ave.: Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 1-April 12. E-file.

>> Waialua Community Association, 66-434 Kamehameha Highway: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 4-April 8. E-file.

>> Waianae Community Center, 85-670 Farrington Highway: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Mondays/Wednesdays, Feb. 3-April 14. E-file.

>> Waipahu Civic Center, Room 102, 94-275 Mokuola St.: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 5-April 9. E-file.

Other free IRS services

Call the IRS, 800-829-1040, with federal tax questions from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays during the filing season.

Call 800-829-3676 for tax forms and instructions for current and prior years.

Call the IRS TeleTax number, 800-829-4477, to hear recorded messages on more than 100 tax topics, including "Who Must File?" "Highlights of Tax Changes," "Education Credits," "Individual Retirement Accounts," "Earned Income Tax Credit," "Should I Itemize?" and "What to Do if You Can't Pay Your Tax."

Hearing-impaired individuals with access to TTY/TDD equipment may call 800-829-4059 to ask questions or to order forms and publications.

All this information also is available at the IRS Web site at


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