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Free tax preparation available through AARP

With W-2 forms arriving in the mail, tax season is upon us.

On Thursday, volunteers from AARP offered the first in a series of tax preparation sessions at the Ohio Means Jobs building, located at 120 N. Third Street in Ironton.

As they have done for the past 17 years, the group will be offering the free preparation for city, state and federal taxes from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every Thursday until April 14, just days before the filing deadline.

Emmerson Moore, a volunteer with the group, said the service is available to those of low or moderate incomes.

“Generally, if they make about $62,000 or less,” he said.

In addition to the Ironton site, he said they would be at the South Point branch of the Briggs Lawrence Public Library, located at 317 Solida Road from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays.

In order for the group to prepare taxes, Moore said to bring identification documents, such as a Social Security Card, a driver’s license for the primary taxpayer, all wage statements, and any income records, such as retirement, stock sales, dividend/interest statements.

“Anything that shows you have income, we need to see,” he said.

For those who seek to use direct deposit for their refunds, Moore said to bring banking information, including the routing number of the bank and the taxpayer’s account number.

Taxpayers should also bring proof of health insurance, due to the shared responsibility payment enacted under passage of the Affordable Care Act, for those who do not have coverage.