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Groups offering free tax preparation help
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MONROE - AARP, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly will be doing homestead, federal and state taxes beginning in February and going through mid April. The program sites provide free assistance completing tax returns for low- to moderate-income and elderly persons.

To schedule a Wednesday appointment between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Behring Senior Center, 1113 10th St., Monroe, call 608-325-3173.

Appointments are also available from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Brodhead Public Library, 1207 25th St., Brodhead, and at Albany Village Hall, 206 N. Water St., Albany, on some Fridays. Call 608-328-9499 to use the Brodhead or Albany sites.

For taxes, bring your social security statement, social security card, last year's taxes and any income statements such as 1099s from pensions, investments, IRAs, interest, brokerage statements and W-2s. Also bring information about health insurance premiums paid. Taxes cannot be done where there is a business with more than $5,000 in expenses, a working farm or apartment rentals. All returns will be e-filed for fast service.

For a homestead to be filed, it is necessary to bring a copy of this year's real-estate taxes or an original rent certificate signed by the landlord, along with a social security statement, other income statements and any health insurance amounts paid.