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Athens-Limestone RSVP is offering free tax help to low-income, disabled or elderly people in Athens. The tax help starts Monday, Feb. 1.
RSVP has a number of volunteers certified by the IRS to help with federal and state returns. RSVP is sponsoring the service, made possible through VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
“This service will be provided at the Athens-Limestone Public Library this year,” said RSVP agency director Betty Ruth. “We are going back to the Library after several years of providing services at First Baptist Church and most recently at First United Methodist. We had great partnerships at both churches and we thank the churches for allowing us to use their facilities.”
Ruth said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the organization will be providing services.
The free tax service will be operated by appointment only. Participants must call RSVP at 256-232-7207 to make an appointment in Athens.
“RSVP tax counselors will be providing services this year six days a week through the tax season as designated by IRS,” Ruth said.
Those interested in having their taxes prepared by a volunteer should make sure they bring all necessary documents, including last year's tax returns, certification of anyone in the household being claimed on taxes as dependents such as birth certificates and Social Security cards, and any other documents like W-2s, Social Security statements, daycare provider information and deductions. Also be sure to have a proof of checking account information and the bank's routing number for IRS direct deposits.