Free tax return help
Free federal income tax preparation and e filing for taxpayers with middle or low income will be available from AARP Tax Aide from February 3 to 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.
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will be available to assist with personal income tax returns at the following locations: Marathon Library - Mondays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting February 3; Key Largo Library - Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting February 5; Marathon Senior Center - Wednesdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. starting February 5; and Big Pine Senior Center - Thursdays 1 to 4:30 p.m. starting February 6. 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.
No appointments are taken; 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.
Counselors evaluate insurance needs
There's still time to sign up for health insurance coverage and Lower Keys Medical Center can help. The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don't have health insurance after March 31, 2014, the last day to enroll.
Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.
Lower Keys Medical Center counselors will assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine if they're eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options. To make an appointment for help, call 305-294-5531, extensions: 3254/3253/or 3220.