Two tax sites now open

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The AARP Tax Aide program will offer free tax return preparation and e-filing for the elderly and low- to moderate-income taxpayers from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 15 at the Lancaster Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St. Taxpayers should bring last year’s returns, Social Security cards for themselves and dependents, a photo ID, all of their 2012 W-2s, 1099-98, interest income statements, all necessary receipts and a blank check or bank info for direct-deposit refunds. The program is sponsored by the AARP and IRS. For details, call Verma Blakney at (803) 285-9847.

United Way                
United Way of Lancaster County volunteers in Indian Land, Lancaster and Kershaw are now offering free tax return preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
The VITA program reaches out to people whose incomes are $51,000 or less.
Volunteers prepare basic tax returns, including Schedules A for itemized deductions, claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits, and the comparable state tax forms. Volunteers do not prepare business or complex returns.
Taxpayers must have photo identification and Social Security cards (or individual taxpayer identification numbers) for themselves, spouses and dependents.
They should also bring this year’s tax package (if available), wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2), interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099), a copy of last year’s return, and any other information concerning their income and expenses for 2012.
For joint, e-filed returns, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
For site information and hours of operation, call 211 or 1-(866) 892-9211.