TICONDEROGA Free tax preparation services are available this year in Hague, Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Elizabethtown. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program both operate tax preparation sites, providing free tax returns and free E-filing for low- and middle-income taxpayers. Taxpayers who are older than 60 years of age or those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit may participate. Both federal and state returns are completed together and E-filed for accurate and fast processing of refunds. Both programs utilize the services of volunteers trained and certified through the cooperation of the Internal Revenue Service to prepare basic tax returns. Taxpayers with complete tax returns, including rental incomes, partnerships, farming or many stock and bind transactions, are advised to seek professional paid assistance. Th VITA sites are sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Port Henry and the One Work Source in Elizabethtown. The AARP site in Hague is sponsored by the Hague Chamber of Commerce. All locations are by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment in Hague or Ticonderoga call 543-6161. For more information or to schedule an appointment in Port Henry or Elizabethtown call 873-2341 or 1-800-675-2668.