Submitted by Jan Watson, Alaska Prospective Volunteer Specialist AARP TaxAide
The Anchorage Senior Activity Center will again offer free tax preparation services starting Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tax counselors will be at the center every Monday and Thursday unless it is a holiday. President's Day is Feb. 19 and the center will be closed.
No appointment is necessary.
Below is a list of items you must have for your taxes to be prepared or your taxes cannot be prepared:
Alaska PFD for 2017 is $1,100. Document not necessary - preparer will ask if you received your PFD. If the PFD was garnished for some reason - (back child support, taxes owed, etc.) it is the same as receiving it because the PFD is being used for your benefit. AARP Foundation TaxAide counselors look forward to helping you again this year.
Identity theft is rampant in all 50 states. Last tax season four returns were rejected at one Anchorage site for identity theft. The taxpayers learned of this because they filed a return. If your ID is stolen, that person can apply for a credit card using your name and Social Security Number and make purchases. You could be held responsible for those charges!
You may be exempt from filing a return but for your protection and peace of mind please file a return this year. AARP Foundation TaxAide volunteers make it easy for you to do this and it is free.