Free tax assistance available at local libraries

The IRA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) has assistance available at branches of the Northwestern Regional Libraries to help individual prepare 2015 tax returns. Tax preparation is available for low to moderate income taxpayers (gross household income less than $54,000), elderly taxpayers and taxpayers with disabilities, limited English proficiency, or military. VITA site hours are by appointment only. Call to schedule an appointment.

• Alleghany County Public Library — Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 336-372-5573.

• Boonville Public Library — Mondays 2 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This site will be closed March 28 for the Easter holiday. Call 336-367-7737.

• East Bend Public Library — Mondays 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. This site will be closed March 28 for the Easter holiday. Call the East Bend Senior Center at 336-699-5100.

• Elkin Public Library — Thursdays (Jan. 28-Feb. 18, March 3-April 7) 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays (Feb. 27 and March 26) 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This site will be closed Feb. 25. Call 336-835-5586.

• King Public Library — Thursdays (Feb. 4-April 7) 4 to 7 p.m.. Call 336-983-3868.

• Yadkin County Public Library — Wednesday and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 336-679-8792.

In addition, the Northwestern Regional Library in partnership with the IRS provides, the first free national, online tax filing platform. The site is available through the Northwestern Regional Library website ( free of charge. MyFreeTaxes provides online filing for federal and state returns to qualifying filers both individuals and families with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015. The online tool allows taxpayers to self-file for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes free phone, email, and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists. is an interactive resource for information regarding tax preparation, valuable credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, and personal finance. It is funded by a $4.1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation and made possible through the collaboration of 1,000 partners, including the IRS, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and state and local government agencies. Last year, more than 200,000 tax returns were filed on, a 2,400% increase since the platform launched in 2009.

For more information, places contact a local library or log onto www.

In recognition of EITC Awareness Day on Jan. 29, eligible residents are encouraged to file their taxes free and claim all their returns. The IRS estimates that four out of five eligible taxpayers claim and get this important credit. EITC is a financial boost for working people and the local economy. Tax credits include the Premium Tax Credit, American Opportunity Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit.

For questions, contact a local library or log onto

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