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RSVP opens new tax-assistance site in Central Square

OSWEGO — The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, has opened a tax aide site at Central Square Library.

It will replace the former site, hosted by St. Bernadette’s in Constantia.  The new site will be staffed by RSVP volunteers John Lyons and Marie Crouse.

RSVP volunteers Oswego's McCrobie Civic Center site are, from left,  John Lyons, John Smith and Allan Mosier. There are four locations in Oswego County for free assistance with personal income tax returns.
RSVP volunteers Oswego’s McCrobie Civic Center site are, from left, John Lyons, John Smith and Allan Mosier. There are four locations in Oswego County for free assistance with personal income tax returns.

The 2014 tax season runs through April 15.  Central Square Library is one of four tax sites in Oswego County.

The schedule for all sites is as follows:

Central Square Library, Main Street: Fridays by appointment, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; call 343-5524 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.: walk-in only, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.

Oswego’s McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St.: walk-in only, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Phoenix  Public Library, 34 Elm St.: weekdays by appointment; call 695-2553, 458-1465 or 934-4333.

Counseling sessions are available for all, with special attention to those 60 and older.

The RSVP tax aides provide counseling and preparation and e-file all returns.

Taxpayers should bring photo identification, along with last year’s completed tax forms, W-2s, 1099s, unemployment compensation statements, all forms indicating federal income tax paid, dependent care provider information — including name, employer, provider identification or Social Security number — receipts or canceled checks for itemized deductions, bank account information for direct deposit, and a Social Security or individual identification card for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents.

RSVP manages the program in partnership with the AARP, the IRS and the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

AARP conducts an annual training and all tax aides must pass a test each year before becoming certified.

Oswego County residents interested in becoming a tax aide should contact the RSVP program by calling 312-2317 or emailing [email protected]

For more information on this and other RSVP programs, to volunteer or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, contact the RSVP office.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.