Wherever you are located you can call 1 (800) 427-4626 to find the nearest AARP tax preparation service. Please note that AARP normally requires appointments. If you are in St. Louis County call the County Library headquarters at (314) 994-3300. They are working with AARP and the County Older Resident Program (CORP) to provide free tax preparation assistance at many library branches located throughout the County. The University City Public Library (314) 727-3150 also hosts tax preparation advisors. If you like to do your own tax preparation on your PC there are several free software services available (including TurboTax). Ask your librarian about those. Remember to be careful when using the free version of TurboTax or other services because at various points in the process they will encourage you to upgrade to a pay version.
As I was preparing this website post I could not help but notice that your public libraries were the most prominent sources for tax preparation assistance. But that’s not all: public libraries are gateways for a wide range of services that can make life easier and more enjoyable. Did you realize that some libraries can deliver reading materials to those who are housebound? That you can get a free health checkup at a library? For those who cannot read libraries have audio books and can help you arrange for you to have news from daily newspapers transmitted over the phone. If you like to read but have poor eyesight, libraries have books with large print. Would you like to make sure that you are receiving all of the Medicare or Medicaid benefits available to you? Yep, that’s right; the library can help with that too! All of these services are available through the St. Louis County and University City Public Libraries but all public libraries have programs to help you. Give them a call. You’ll find that the librarians are knowledgeable, patient and eager to help.