TaxCalculatorNorman Public Library Central, in partnership with two local organizations, is again a service point for providing free income tax preparation help in the library leading up to the deadline for filing income tax returns.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sessions, presented by volunteers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, are planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 27-28, in the Computer Training Center (CTC) of the library. This program is for people who make $53,000 or less.

And, representatives from AARP will present Tax-Aide sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. on Mondays beginning Feb. 8, also in the library’s CTC. This program is targeted for taxpayers 50 years and older.

Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for all sessionsVolunteers will work one-on-one to offer free tax help and assistance in preparing returns. Taxpayers will need to bring a number of documents with them to the sessions. Consult the list here.

While library computers are available for filing taxes beyond these dates and times throughout regular business hours, library staff members are not trained to provide tax help and cannot answer tax-related questions.

Sessions will run through Thursday, April 14. This year, federal income tax returns must be filed by Monday, April 18th, to avoid a penalty for being late.