Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 24, 2009

Lines form for free tax service

GLASGOW — The wait was long Monday at the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library for those seeking free income tax help from the AARP.

Among those waiting to see one of the income tax preparers was Pete Kinslow, of Glasgow. He had been waiting for about an hour, and that was OK. The wait was worth it, he said.

“They’re good,” he said.

Kinslow has been utilizing the service for the past five years. He uses the service because of the convenience.

“You can come here and get it done and go on back home, and it’s free,” he said.

Sitting at the same table with Kinslow was Doris Smith, of Cave City, who was trying the service for the first time.

Smith said she learned of the service by watching television and reading about it in the newspaper.

“So I thought I would give it a try,” she said.

The service is available at the library at 107 W. College St. every Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but it has been available locally for 20 plus years.

On Monday, AARP volunteers assisted 36 people. While the volunteers were busy, they said they can’t compare this tax season to last year. There were roughly a handful of volunteer tax preparers at the library to help.

“With the stimulus payment last year, we were covered,” said Birdie Spudic, local AARP tax coordinator.

Still, it is the stimulus payment that has slowed things down for the volunteers in helping clients prepare their income tax returns.

“People don’t how much they got,” she said. “They got a form last year in the mail and they were supposed to keep it for their taxes.”

But a lot of people didn’t keep the forms and don’t remember if they received $300 or $600 or some other amount as their stimulus payment.

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