Accounting Aid Society Tax Assistance Program
There are no appointments. It is first come, first served. Tax Assistance at Main Library on Tuesdays is only available for the month of February. Tax Assistance is also available on Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Saturdays form one line at the "Old Children's Door." Line frequently starts forming half hour before door opens. People in line receive a number when Door opens and are served in number order. The Door opens at 4pm on Tuesdays and 10am on Saturdays. On Tuesdays about 15 to 20 people will be helped and 40 people on Saturdays. At Main Library the line forms well in advance of the door opening at the "Old Children's" entrance.
This free service includes preparation of federal, state, and city tax returns, and application for credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, Home Heating Credit, Homestead Property Tax Credit, and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Incentives.
Documents to Bring:
For tax assistance, bring driver's license or state ID; Social Security numbers for yourself (and spouse and dependents if applicable); and income statements or forms such as W-2s, unemployment, pension, Social Security, child support, and miscellaneous Income. To claim deductions or credits for home purchase, energy-efficiency upgrades, medical expenses, dependent care expense, or student loan interest or tuition, bring all supporting documents. For the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit, homeowners need to bring proof of the taxable value of the home, plus property tax bills from 2012. Renters need to bring lease agreements, rent receipts, and landlord's name and address. For the Michigan Home Heating Credit, bring proof of the amount spent on heating your home for the year. Contact your heat provider for this information, or find it on your December, January, and February statements. For 2012 taxes, the period will be 11/1/2011 to 10/31/2012. This credit is available for renters as well as homeowners. To have federal and state refunds directly deposited to a bank or credit union account, bring institution name and routing number, and your account number
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