Thursday, August 18, 2022

Free tax preparation services extended at senior center

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center has extended its free tax preparation service through May 10, 2021 in response to the IRS and N.C. Department of Revenue’s extended filing dates to May 17, 2021.

The service, made available from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), is open to anyone of any age by appointment only. Per Covid-19 protocols, it’s also a drop-off service, wherein folks drop off tax documents and other forms at a scheduled time. A certified tax preparer will call back when paperwork can be retrieved.

“Already this year, we have helped about 1,600 residents file their 2020 income taxes, and we’re delighted to be able to extend this service to align with the new federal and state deadlines,” Amber Smith, Senior Resource Center director, said in a release. “The appointment system we implemented this year is going well, and it allows us to continue this important service for the community while also keeping the public and our volunteers safe.”

A partnership between New Hanover County and AmeriCorps Seniors, VITA also is operating at the Town of Carolina Beach and the AARP TaxAide location at the New Hanover County Main Library. Both locations will end tax preparation services on April 15, 2021. Thereafter, everyone will be sent to the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center.

Anyone can call 910-798-6416 to make an appointment and learn where to pick up required forms.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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