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Need help with your taxes? GFU's got you covered

Once again, the accounting department at George Fox University’s business school is offering local residents help preparing their taxes.

Set for dates in March and April, the Tax-Aide program is geared toward helping seniors, students, low income individuals and those with limited English proficiency, although anyone needing help is eligible for assistance. The lone exception, however, is those with returns deemed too complicated.

Help will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 and April 11 and sessions will meet in Room 211 of the Hoover Academic Building. A sign-up sheet will be available 30 minutes before each session and all sessions are first come, first served.

Those seeking assistance must provide photo identification, Social Security cards or individual taxpayer identification numbers, birth dates for family members and all appropriate forms. Where applicable, patrons should also provide a list of child tax information; bank routing and account numbers; and a copy of their 2013 federal and state returns. To file a joint return both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

The service also provides free e-filing, speeding up returns that traditional means.

The program is in conjunction with the IRS, AARP and the Oregon Department of Revenue.

For more information, call Seth Sikkema at 503-554-2813.

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