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FREE ELECTRONIC FILING OFFERED FOR SOME TAXPAYERS

Taxpayers can file their state and federal tax returns for free electronically at several locations throughout the area.

The free service is for low- to middle-income taxpayers, the elderly, the disabled and non-English speaking taxpayers. Many tax preparation services charge a fee to file a return electronically.

Volunteers will be on hand to help file standard state and federal tax forms such as 1040, 1040A (interest and ordinary dividends), 1040EZ, 1040V (payment voucher), 1040ES (estimated tax), 2441 (child and dependent care expenses), 8812 (additional child tax credit) and 8863 (education credits).

Bring all tax records, photo identification and the social security numbers for anyone on the tax return.

For joint returns, both spouses must be present. If opting for direct deposit, bring your bank account number.

"Electronic filing is faster and more accurate," said Laurie J. Ruffino with the Buffalo Internal Revenue Service office. "If you file electronically and opt for direct deposit, it could be as little as 10 days to get a refund as opposed to four to six weeks for a paper return."

The following locations are providing free help and electronic filing (reservations are required) with help from the Buffalo Common Council:

Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cazenovia library, 155 Cazenovia, 822-2436.

Friday, 2 to 6 p.m., Dudley Library, 2010 South Park Ave., 823-1854.

Feb. 21, Ellicott Community Action Organization, 608 William St., 856-8866.

Feb. 26, Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., 851-5116.

Feb. 27, 1 to 6 p.m., Friends to the Elderly Center, 118 E. Utica St., Buffalo, 882-0602.

Feb. 28, 1 to 6 p.m., Coalition for the Redevelopment of Unified Community Involvement and Leadership (CRUCIAL) Community Center, 230 Mosselle St., 895-8891.

Additional times and locations can be found by calling the American Association of Retired Persons at (888) 227-7669 or visiting www.aarp.org/taxaide. You can also call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 or visit www.irs.gov for other locations. All locations offer help preparing tax returns but not all offer free electronic filing.

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