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Free tax assistance available

HAGUE - Free tax preparation for tax year 2009 is available to local taxpayers thanks to the AARP and the Hague Chamber of Commerce. The AARP Tax-Aide Program, now in its fifth year locally, prepares and electronically files federal and state tax returns for low and moderate-income people with a preference to those over age 60.

Taxpayers can call 543-6161 to schedule an appointment at the Hague Community Center on Mondays or Wednesdays through April 15; appointments can also be scheduled on two Thursdays, Feb. 25 and March 11, in Ticonderoga. There is no charge for this service, and people do not have to be a member of AARP.

People are asked to bring last year's return, their driver's license or Social Security card, all W2s, all 1099s, and Social Security Benefits Statement; and property tax receipts, for school and town/county real estate taxes. Additional benefits are available for first time homebuyers and those who purchased a new car; people should closing information or purchase receipt showing the sales tax paid.

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