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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 02/21/12

I am a caregiver to my mother full-time. Now it's  tax season. This is the first time we will be doing her tax return.  We have no idea how to go about it. Should she file separately or can we include her as a dependent on our tax return? Are there any free phone numbers or advisors?
 
Rita

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Name: tj
Location: wv
Date: 02/21/2012
Time: 11:57 AM

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contact you local area agency on aging, AARP tax volunteers will be able to assist you wtih your mother's taxes, they will also be able to answer the questions you have. I'm over 50 and have them to do mine. They are very helpful, if the local AAA doesn't know, contact AARP they can give you the site of the nearest volunteers.


Name: Heather W.
Location: Brunswick, GA
Date: 02/21/2012
Time: 11:19 AM

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The IRS has a program called VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. To find a site near you, call 1-800-906-9887. You can also Google VITA to find the page on the IRS site. They should be able to help you. If there isn't a site near you, you can try calling the IRS.


Name: Alison
Location: Manchester, NH
Date: 02/21/2012
Time: 09:28 AM

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Hi Rita, If you call or go to the IRS website, they have Vitae volunteers who assist with preparing tax returns for FREE. Also, AARP has volunteers that help with tax returns for FREE as well. Good luck!


Name: j steward
Location: springfield mo
Date: 02/21/2012
Time: 07:07 AM

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Call your local office on aging. We have volunteers from their office that come and do taxes for our seniors every year. It's free and easy to schedule an appointment to get your questions answered.


Name: Lisa Wells
Location: Eau Claire Wisconsin
Date: 02/21/2012
Time: 06:16 AM

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There are local AARP members that file taxes for free at our local senior center. Also, at our university, the accounting students will file for free as well. Both options I believe would be able to advise you on how to file.



 







 

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