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Free Tax Help Clinics Begin Friday

by Katie Pyzyk — January 29, 2013 at 10:45 am 33 Comments

Money (file photo)Starting this Friday, Arlington County is holding free clinics to assist residents with tax preparation.

The clinics are intended to serve residents with “low or moderate income.” Several of the clinics are vague about income levels, but others specify a maximum income.

Those seeking assistance must bring a photo ID, social security cards for each family member, earnings statements (W-2, W-2G, and all 1099′s received) and a copy of last year’s federal and state returns. If applicable, participants should also bring interest and dividend statements, daycare expenses paid in 2012, student loan interest payments, a record of any sales tax paid on new vehicles purchased in 2012 and a record of any real estate taxes paid in 2012.

The schedule for the clinics is as follows:

  • Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) — Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., February 5-April 11. No appointments are necessary, customers are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Spanish speakers will be available.
  • Columbia Pike Branch Library (816 S. Walter Reed Drive) — Tuesdays from 1:15-7:45 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., February 1-April 13. No appointments are necessary, customers are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Spanish speakers will be available.
  • Arlington Department of Human Services (2100 Washington Blvd) — Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (or when all available slots are filled), February 5-April 9. No appointments are necessary, customers are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum income is $35,000 for one person or $51,000 for families. Spanish speakers will be available.
  • ECDC Enterprise Development Group (901 S. Highland Street) — Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., February 1-April 13. No appointments are necessary, customers are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum income is $51,000. Spanish speakers will be available.
  • AARP Travel Team — (Only available to people unable to leave their homes.) Call 703-594-6576 to schedule an appointment.
  • novasteve

    Wait, it’s racist to ask for photo ID to vote, but not if the county provides tax advice?

    • Hee-Haw

      who said its racist to ask for a photo ID to vote ?

    • drax

      When someone HERE says it’s racist, you’ll get a point.

    • brif

      voting is a constitutional right, tax advice is not.

      • novasteve

        Guns are a constitutional right as well, yet you have to show photo ID. I think even the left wants health care to be a constitutional right, so will you be upset at a photo ID requirement to make sure you are covered? I have constitutional right to petition courts for grievances I have, but I have to show a photo ID to enter a courthouse.

        • brif

          voting is a constitutional right, yet people are still required to register with the state in order to vote. why is it that people aren’t required to register with the state in order to own a gun steve?

          • novasteve

            Because you’re only supposed to vote once, brif.

  • Hee-Haw

    I’m sure some people actually believe it is racist; however, the first poster seems to state it like its fact and common knowledge.

  • brif

    voting is a constitutional right, receiving free tax advice is not.

    • Horace

      No ID check for buying guns then. Deal?

      So. Easy.

      • Josh S

        When was a voting booth ever used to gun down 25 kids?

        • Silly

          And you think ID checks would prevent that?

  • brif

    nice try horace, but the issue is photo id. no one is saying that voters shouldn’t have to prove identity and place of residence.

    • novasteve

      So I can go as someone else without a photo ID. How can you prove Identity without photo ID? have DNA tests to vote?

      Why is it okay to require photo ID to buy alcohol. to buy medications like sudafed, to enter government buildings, to exercise your constitutional right to file lawsuits if you have standing and show up in court, to take AMtrak, to fly in an airplane. Should only whites about able to do those things?

  • brif

    i’ve included a link that includes a list of non photo IDs that the Virginia board of elections will accept.
    beyond that, none of the things you mentioned are constitutional rights.

    • confused

      So are those OK for buying guns too? I mean, in the context of just yelling “constitutional rights” to this issue, it should all be the same. Right? A right is a right.

      • brif

        They should be. still, why do people have to register with the state in order to exercise their right to vote, but no state registration is required to own a gun?

        • confused

          Because not all constitutional rights are created equal.

          So why did you bring up constitutional rights in response to why they need an ID to attend this class? Looks like a complete red herring, since you do actually need to prove ID to vote and buy a gun from most places as well as attend a tax prep class.

          • brif

            you’ve missed the point. the issue is PHOTO ID. There is no (and should never be) a requirement to provide a PHOTO ID to vote in Virginia.

          • confused

            Would a better response have been “they can ask for whatever ID they want for the tax class”, rather than conflating a constitutional argument in there?

            I mean, you went full you know what right off the bat.

          • brif

            “I mean, you went full you know what right off the bat.”

            Huh?

  • brif
  • esmith69

    As long as all states make it easy and free to get a photo ID for all voters, I have no problem with it being a requirement that you must show a photo ID when you go to vote. It seems like a logical thing to do to help prevent voter fraud, although it’s not like we have a lot of that going on.

    Something such as gun purchases or drivers licenses, both of which have the potential to affect public safety for EVERYONE else, should also require photo IDs. Just because it’s a right does not mean there should be no reasonable precautions in place in order to exercise the right.

    I am sure the county has a reason for requiring people who attend this tax seminar to show photo ID. Maybe it is some IRS rule related to verifying that people are who they say they are when filling out official government forms? Or something along those lines?

  • NoTax

    Taxes pay for me to not work. Unemployment is great

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