Don’t Sweat Your Taxes

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

By Stacey Goddard

If you’re like me, and don’t really know the difference between the 1040A and the Schedule A, you’ll be happy know that AARP Tax-Aide help will be available starting Saturday, February 1. This free assistance will be offered in four of our libraries: Cheney, Deer Park, Moran Prairie, and Spokane Valley, and will run through Tuesday, April 15. Check our web calendar or call your local library for the days and times offered.

Assistance is offered on a first come, first served basis (except at Cheney, where you’ll need to call 509.353.4851 for an appointment). You’ll need to make sure you bring a few things, including your 2012 tax return, valid photo ID, and social security cards for yourself and all household members (check here for the complete list).

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  • I have a question. I did not file for 2012 because I wasnt making enough money that year, so what should I bring then? I was told by the H and R block that I did not file for 2012 so what information do you need for 2012? I did work in 2013 so I will be bring my W-2 forms from working to the appointment. I am waiting for them this month in the mail.

    What days do you offer for appointment for assistance?

    Thank you,
    Gayle Daniels

    • Hi Gayle,

      Visit the AARP frequently asked questions to see if the information you need is found there: If you don’t find the answer to your question there, you can submit your question online for an answer: The safest thing would be to bring everything you have from 2012 and 2013 to the tax aid session, and the tax volunteer you work with will discuss which documents they need from what you bring.

      We offer tax aid at the following locations:
      CHENEY (by appointment only – call 509.358.3526 to make an appointment)
      Thursdays 4-7pm
      Fridays 1-5pm

      Fridays 11am-3pm

      Wednesdays 5-7pm
      Thursdays 5-7pm

      Tuesdays 2-6pm
      Saturdays 11am-4pm

      Mondays 4-7pm
      Fridays 1-4pm
      Saturdays 10am-1pm

      Visit the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator for a complete list of locations.

      • Charmane Daniels

        As the assistant coordinator for the AARP Tax-Aide program in Spokane, I am pleased to inform you that the Spokane Public Library at 906 West Main also has free income tax preparation.

        The appointment number will be up and operational on the 21st of January.

        What to bring 2012 tax return or latest tax return filed.
        Valid picture ID (Tax returns are not acceptable ID.
        All income statements, such as 2013 w-2’s 1098, 1099 forms for you and your spouse.
        Social security cards for all household members
        Proof of other income from you or spouse and banking information.
        Child care provider information.
        Property tax information if homeowner.

        Hope this helps a little.

        Charmane Daniels
        AARP Tax-Aide AC for Dist. 13.

  • Terri


    When calling the number to set up an appointment the recording says they are no longer taking appointments for this tax year. Surely this must be last years’ recording as the tax season has only begun?

    • Hi Terri,

      Sorry for the confusion. They will begin taking appointments on Feb. 1.

    • Charmane Daniels

      The appointment number will be up and operational on the 21st of January.

  • Caroline

    Which locations provide assistance for military families? Thanks in advance for all you guys are doing to help everyone file their taxes.

    • Hi Caroline, all of the tax locations will provide assistance for military families. And you are very welcome; we are glad to help.

  • ann

    Do you have 1040 a tax forms and booklet available for public? Don’t like using computer still old fashion.

    • Hi Ann, the IRS no longer provides booklets to libraries or post offices, and all tax forms are available online. We’d be more than happy to help you print off a form, feel free to ask one of our friendly librarians for help on your next visit. We’re also offering the free AARP Tax-Aide help again this year, check out this post for more info: