Need help with tax returns? Assistance is nearby

Free service available in six county towns until April 15.

KITSAP COUNTY — Tax filers in Kitsap County can access free help until April 15 in preparing and filing their 2017 income tax returns.

The Internal Revenue Service and AARP have teamed to offer free assistance for tax filers who need to get their financial paperwork together to file with the IRS. Volunteers have been trained to handle most of the tax law changes for the current tax year, according to the service sponsors.

Citizens with income from employment, retirement, unemployment, self-employment business (up to $25,000 in expenses, no employees, no inventory and no loss) and those needing to claim a variety of deductions and credits are eligible for the service.

Taxpayers who cannot be served at these tax-aide sites are those with rental income, depreciation, a home office or a self-employment business with a loss, expenses exceeding $25,000, inventory or employees.

Those wishing to get help with their taxes need to bring:

— Photo identification.

— Social Security cards for all persons on the tax return.

— All 2017 tax documents, such as statements of income from wages, retirement, Social Security, interest, dividends, brokerage statements and information on college expenses.

— Information on medical coverage and 1095A, 1095B or 1095C documents, if received.

— A list of all deductions, plus tax documents showing mortgage interest and property.

— A checkbook or check showing routing and account numbers for direct deposit of your refund or withdrawal of the amount due.

— Last year’s tax return, plus any other information that may be helpful.

Those seeking help are asked to arrive early. Preparations of new returns end 30 minutes prior to closing to ensure returns are completed before volunteers are expected to vacate the space.

Tax-aide sites are open through April 15 at the following locations:

Bainbridge Island:

— Bainbridge Island Library

1270 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island

Monday & Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday: 1:30- 4 p.m.

Bremerton:

— Olympic College

1675 Chester Ave., Bremerton

Health Occupations Bldg. Room 143

Wednesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— The Summit (near WinCo)

4650 Bay Vista Blvd., Bremerton

Monday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Sheridan Park Center

680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Silverdale:

— Golden Tide II

9239 Bayshore Dr. NW, Silverdale

Tuesday & Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kingston:

— Village Green Community Center

26159 Dulay Rd. NE, Kingston

Monday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Port Orchard:

— Givens Community Center

1026 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Port Orchard Library

87 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Beginning at 8 a.m., library staff will provide numbers to reserve your place)

— St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church

1150 Mitchell Ave., Port Orchard

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Poulsbo:

— Poulsbo Library

700 NE Lincoln Rd., Poulsbo

Thursday & Saturday: 1-5 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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