Retirees who get free help with income taxes at the North Platte Library need to bring more information this year.The IRS changed the computer program and past records are no longer available on the system, said Mike Cook, the local coordinator of the AARP program.
Therefore, people need to bring last year's taxes, social security cards and a photo ID with them.
The tax help is offered two times a week from Feb. 1-April 15 at no cost to seniors and others who need assistance, Cook said.
Cook said the following is needed to help with the tax return:
• A copy of your 2015 tax return, regardless of who completed it.
• Social security card for yourself, your spouse if filing with you, and any other dependents that you claim on your return, no exceptions.
• A photo ID for you and your spouse if he/she is filing with you. Acceptable forms of ID are a driver license, a current State ID, a Federal ID, a Military ID, etc.
“Please be patient when coming to have your taxes done,” Cook said.
There are up to five tax helpers at the library, although they sometimes have conflicts or are sick. And, it takes time to become familiar with the new system, Cook said.
Income tax assistance is available from noon-3 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, except the first Saturday of each month. During the first week of the month, tax assistance is available on Friday instead of Saturday.