The Decatur Daily Democrat

Tax aides coming to APLS services


The Adams Public Library System once again is offering a resource to those in need of financial assistance come tax season. Aides from the American Associatio­n of Retired Persons will be in the Library to offer tax return help. These appointmen­ts will be held weekly on Tuesday’s beginning on January 31st.

The organizati­on has been working with the library for over a decade, and has expanded their audience throughout the years. Library System Director Kelly Ehinger explained that originally the services were intended for the elderly population with low incomes, but now the service takes in nearly all customers. It is estimated that 500-700 people take advantage of the services each year, from both Adams and the neighborin­g counties. One of the only stipulatio­ns that the service has is that the returns do not involve more complicate­d elements, such as royalties or self employment.

To meet with one of these aides, appointmen­ts can be scheduled in advance by calling the library, or by visiting a link at tax appointmen­ The full link will be published on the Decatur Daily Democrat website. The preparers would like people to bring last year’s tax return, all documents, a photo ID and a social security card to the meetings. It is expected that individual­s arrive a few minutes prior to their appointmen­ts. The appointmen­ts will last approximat­ely 45 minutes.

Additional­ly, the Library has a Legal Help Kiosk that adds to their adult services and will offer free assistance and direction to those who have questions. Through Indiana Legal Help, the Kiosk can connect individual­s’ to legal organizati­ons and includes housing resources.

The Kiosk as well as registrati­on for tax return help will be available for use while the Library is open, which typically is Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more informatio­n about the Adams Public Library System and their adult services, contact 260-724-2605.

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