Monday, February 3, 2014
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Free tax return help from AARP starts today

Free federal income tax preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with middle or low income will be available from AARP Tax Aide today through April 14. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree, although special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

Trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available to assist with personal income tax returns at the following locations: Marathon Library on Mondays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting today; Key Largo Library on Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Wednesday; Marathon Senior Center on Wednesdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. starting Wednesday; and Big Pine Senior Center on Thursdays 1 to 4:30 p.m. starting Thursday. Unfortunately, there will be no Tax-Aide site in Key West this year but people from Key West are welcome to visit any of the other sites.

Taxpayers are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring a copy of last year's tax return and all W 2 and 1099 forms, along with social security cards for yourself and any dependents, your photo ID, and any other pertinent information.

KEY WEST

Teen earns Eagle Scout

Key West High School sophomore Jason Beede will be awarded the highest rank in Boy Scouts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane.

Beede, 15, is a member of Troop 578, swims for the varsity swim team, is a registered Boy Scout Lifeguard and serves as sports editor for the school newspaper, The Snapper, as well as being an active member of The Basilica.

Fewer than four percent of all Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle and only about one in Monroe County earns the rank annually.