On Saturday, January 29, the AARP Tax-Aide program will hold an open house at the Pharmacy Assistance office from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Trained tax professionals will answer questions and prepare tax returns for anyone, regardless of age. The Jasper office will prepare "paper" tax returns as well as Georgia non-resident state income tax returns for those Florida residents working in Georgia.

There are some exceptions but it is estimated that the majority of Hamilton County residents will be able to have their returns done free and filed electronically. Refunds will be deposited in the bank between 7 and 11 days after filing, according to the IRS. Anyone expecting a refund could save hundreds of dollars by forgoing the "instant refund" (loan) of the commercial preparers and waiting for an automatic deposit.

The AARP Tax-Aide program is located in the Sanderlin Building on the corner of Northeast First Avenue and Northeast First Street, across from the courthouse. The hours are Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning January 29 and continuing through April 15. Other hours may become available and will be listed in the Jasper News if that does occur.

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