AARP tax help offered

Staff reports

AARP is providing tax assistance for federal and state income tax filers at the American Legion Post 81, located at 421 E. City Park Ave., Gonzales.

The tax counselors assist each Wednesday and Friday with the exception of Good Friday between 9 a.m. and 11: 30 a.m. They will assist through April 9.

It is important to bring proof of identification, last year’s tax return and tax documents such as W2 and 1099 forms, home insurance documents and home mortgage insurance premium documents for 2009 and real estate information.

New items of importance for taxpayers this year are deduction for taxes paid for new vehicles purchased after mid February 2009.

The assistance is free and made possible by AARP, American Legion Post 81 and AARP volunteers.