Free Tax Preparation and Filing Begins Jan. 31 in New Hanover County – Communications and Outreach – Communications and Outreach

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Free tax preparation and filing begins Jan. 31 in New Hanover County

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, North Carolina – Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, residents can receive free tax preparation and reporting from an IRS-trained and certified volunteer through the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax Programs .

These free programs will operate as a drop-off service this year, to limit in-person contact, and will be available through April 8 to all residents, regardless of age, at the following locations:

Senior Resource Center: 2222 S College Road, Wilmington

  • Opening days: Monday to Friday by appointment by appointment only.
  • Appointment times available: 9am-11am
  • To register for an appointment at this location, call 910-798-6416 or book an appointment online at SRC.NHCgov.com (a new option this year).

NHC Downtown Library: 201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington

  • Opening days: Monday to Friday by appointment by appointment only.
  • Appointment times available: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., with Wednesday hours extended to 3:30 p.m.
  • To register for an appointment at this AARP location, call 910-798-7341.
  • Note: This AARP site requires a face covering in the tax preparation area.

Carolina Beach Community Center: 300 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach

  • Opening days and hours: Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Appointments are not required; This is a walk-in drop-off site and forms packages for this location are only available on this site.
  • For more information on this location, call 910-620-8267.

“Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not be offering any in-person appointments,” said Amber Smith, senior director of the resource center. “Instead, residents can call to schedule a phone appointment or, new this year, they can make an online reservation for the Seniors Resource Center site and receive instructions on where to pick up. the required forms. They will then file their tax documents along with the required documentation at the time of their appointment. Our tax preparers will be in touch while they complete the tax return, then once it’s done, everything can be picked up. Like last year’s process, this will allow us to continue this important service to the community while ensuring the safety of the public and our volunteers.

For more information, including program restrictions and allowances, visit the Seniors Resource Center website.

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