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Off the Shelf: Upcoming events at Maxwell Memorial Library

It's tax time again! Maxwell Library in Camillus is offering help in two ways:

First, we will have many state and federal forms and instructions available for do-it-yourself preparers. These forms are free. We also offer Internet access so that you can print out copies of forms that are available only online. There is a fee of 25 cents per sheet for computer printing. Photocopying is also available at 10 cents per page.

Second, two AARP tax specialists will be available by appointment to prepare your return for you. This free service is intended for people age 60 or older or people of limited financial means, with relatively simple tax returns.

Tax appointments will be scheduled Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 4 through April 15. Each appointment can last one hour. There are no walk-ins; please call Maxwell Library at 672-3661 during regular hours to schedule your appointment.

Before your appointment, please collect and bring the following information:

Bring in all 1099 forms from financial institutions--showing interest, dividends, and capital gains. New this year: financial institutions have until Feb. 15 to send out the 1099s. Unless you already have your 1099s, you may want to schedule your appointment for later in February or in March.

Bring in any 2009 tax document you have, such as income, foreclosure, forgiveness of debt, tax-deductible college expenses, property taxes paid.

New this year: Some property tax bills are eligible for new deductions, so be sure to bring property tax bills with you.

Bring receipts for any deductions or possible deductions.

Bring last year's tax return.

Celebrate Black History Month with a Community Conversation for Families at Maxwell Library. At 6 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 3, parents and their 8- to 12-year-old children can engage in a meaningful dialog about the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will read an excerpt from the speech and have a thought-provoking discussion following the reading.

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