For the second year in a row, the Lincoln County Senior Center is offering free tax services through volunteer tax preparers headed up by Janice Hager.

“My father did taxes through the AARP Foundation for 20 years in Hickory, so I was familiar with it from him,” she said. “I decided when I retired, that it would be a good thing to do. I started doing it four years ago in Gaston and Cleveland Counties but had been interested in starting one in Lincoln County. The Senior Center is really the one that got the ball rolling.”

Hager and her fellow volunteers will prepare state and federal tax returns and e-file them if that’s what the individual wants. It can be arranged for refunds to be direct deposited into checking accounts or if taxes are owed, they can be debited out of an account. Everything can be mailed in as well.

“We can prepare most anyone’s tax return, for free, and take that worry off them,” Hager said. “We can’t do complicated self-employment taxes or if someone has a rental home they’re claiming income on, we can’t do that either. We’re fully trained IRS certified volunteers and been through rigorous training. We’re always looking for new volunteers to help prepare taxes.”

Appointments which are only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays are necessary, and Hager said that they are starting to fill up fast. It’s anticipated that they’ll fill up before the end of tax season. To make an appointment, call the Lincoln County Senior Center at (704) 732-9054. The individual will need to bring all of their tax forms such as W-2s, 1099Rs, Interest and dividend statements, their driver’s license and social security card or statement and last year’s tax return 

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