Area residents can receive free help with their taxes at several Charleston County Public Library branches through a project coordinated with the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The first programs start as early as January 31 at some branches with assistance offered one or more days per week at seven branches through April.
The programs target low- to moderate-income residents with AARP also giving special attention to helping residents over 60 years old. A current picture ID and Social Security card are required, long with the Social Security cards of any dependents. For additional tax assistance, ou can contact these organization directly: VITA at 965-4037 or 2-1-1, or AARP at 1-888-227-7669.
Branches offering the service and their schedules are:
MAIN LIBRARY, 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930 AARP Tax Assistance Mondays, February 2-April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
VITA Tax Assistance
Tuesdays, February 3-April 14 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursdays, February 5-April 9 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
COOPER RIVER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 3503 Rivers Avenue: 744-2489 VITA Tax Assistance Saturdays, January 31-April 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. JOHN'S ISLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY, 3531 Maybank Highway: 559-1945
AARP Tax Assistance Saturdays; February 7-April 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
*First come, first served with the last person accepted at 1 p.m. A current picture ID and Social Security card are required, along with the Social Security cards of any dependents. Assistance in Spanish will be available. MT. PLEASANT REGIONAL LIBRARY, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 849-6161 AARP Tax Assistance
Mondays and Fridays from February 2-April 13 from 1-5 p.m.
There will not be tax assistance sessions on Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 6, Mar. 9 or Apr. 10. First come, first served, and you must arrive before 4:00 to receive assistance. A current picture ID and SSN card are required, along with SSN cards for any dependents.
OTRANTO ROAD REGIONAL LIBRARY, 2261 Otranto Road: 572-4094
Thursdays, February 5-April 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 766-2546
AARP Tax Assistance
Fridays, February 6-April 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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