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Posted on: January 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Free drop-off tax preparation and filing starts Jan. 31 in New Hanover County

Free 2021 Tax Preparation and FilingNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - Beginning on Monday, January 31, residents can receive free tax preparation and filing by a trained and IRS-certified volunteer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax programs.

These free programs will be operating as a drop-off service this year, to limit in-person contact, and will be available through April 8 for all residents, regardless of age, at the following locations:

Senior Resource Center: 2222 S College Road, Wilmington

  • Days of operation: Monday through Friday by drop off appointment only.
  • Appointment times available: 9-11 am.
  • To register for an appointment at this location, 910-798-6416 or make your appointment online at (a new option this year).

NHC Downtown Library: 201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington

  • Days of operation: Monday through Friday by drop off appointment only.
  • Appointment times available: 10 am to 1 pm, with Wednesday hours extended to 3:30 pm.
  • To register for an appointment at this AARP location, call 910-798-7341.
  • Note: this AARP site requires face coverings while in the tax preparation area.

Carolina Beach Community Center: 300 Cape Fear Boulevard, Carolina Beach

  • Days and hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 2-3 pm, and Saturday, 9-10 am.
  • Appointments are not required; this is a walk-in, drop-off site and form packets for this location are only available at this site.
  • For additional information about this location, call 910-620-8267.

"Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not be offering any in-person appointments," said Senior Resource Center Director Amber Smith. "Instead, residents can call to make a telephone appointment or, new this year, they can make a reservation online for the Senior Resource Center site and receive instructions on where to pick up the required forms. They will then drop off their tax paperwork with the required documentation at the time of their scheduled appointment. Our tax preparers will be in touch while they complete the tax return and then once complete, everything can be picked back up. Like last year's process this will allow us to continue this important service for the community while also keeping the public and our volunteers safe."

For more information, including program restrictions and allowances, visit the Senior Resource Center website.

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