Free income tax aid program starts soon

Six Tax-Aide sites in Clallam and Jefferson counties are scheduled to open Feb. 1. Fully trained and certified volunteers will assist senior and low- and moderate-income taxpayers with preparation of their 2009 tax returns. All assistance and electronic filing is free to the taxpayer. Most sites require appointments. The Tax-Aide program is sponsored by AARP and the IRS.

What to bring

Taxpayers should bring the following with them to the Tax-Aide site.

_ W-2s, 1099s and documents necessary for 2009 return

_ Copy of previous year's return

_ Evidence of real estate taxes paid in 2009

_ If new vehicle purchased 2009, evidence of vehicle price and sales taxes paid

_ Evidence of energy efficient improvements to an existing home, if applicable

_ If first-time homebuyer in 2009, evidence of purchase (closing statement)

_ Photo ID and Social Security card for themselves and dependents

Note: If a taxpayer had a foreclosure or deed in lieu of foreclosure transaction during 2009, bring applicable documents as these transactions may require disclosure on the taxpayer's federal income tax return.

Sites in Clallam and Jefferson counties

_ Sequim Senior Activity Center

921 E. Hammond St., Sequim

12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays

By appointment only, call 683-6806

_ Port Angeles Library

2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdays

Library and Tax-Aide closed week of March 29

_ Port Angeles Senior Center

328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays

By appointment only, call 457-7004

Closed Feb. 15 for Presidents Day

_ Forks Recreation Center

90 Maple Ave., Forks

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10

By appointment only, call 374-6193

_ Port Townsend Community Center

620 Tyler St., Port Townsend

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays

By appointment only, call 385-9007

_ Tri-Area Community Center

10 West Valley Road, Chimacum

3-7 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays

By appointment only, call 732-4822

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