Free tax-preparation help can make cents
Tax breaks may be hard to find these days, but people 60 and older can at least get a break on tax-preparation fees.
AARP's annual Tax-Aide program is available to all low- and moderate-income taxpayers, but AARP says it gives special attention to those 60 and older. The free service is available at scores of local libraries and community centers. For information or to find a site, go to aarp.org/taxaide or call 888-227-7669.
The IRS offers free tax-preparing help through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. (The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program is a bit misnamed: It is for anyone 60 and older.) To find a location, go to irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep.
And Suffolk's Family Service League has free tax preparation in Bay Shore, East Yaphank, Huntington and Riverhead for individuals and families with annual incomes less than $49,000. Go to bit.ly/taxes-fsl.