The Blount County Library’s local AARP Tax Aide site is now accepting tax preparation appointments. Appointments are available from February 12th and are scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments can be made by phone or online. Please see the end of this article for details. Walk-ins cannot be operated. Everyone has to have an appointment.
The free tax service offered by volunteers from the local AARP Foundation will be very different this year. Taxpayers will not meet with tax advisors in person. Instead, they bring their documents to be scanned and take part in a short interview with a tax advisor. Taxpayers keep their original documents, while the scanned documents are used by volunteers who work remotely on the preparation and quality review of their tax returns. Taxpayers will return a week later to sign and collect their tax returns. After signing your declarations will be submitted by the local tax advisor via email.
The Blount County Public Library location for tax returns has also changed. The new location is inside the main library doors in the far right far corner. The area was set up to enforce social distancing and the wearing of masks is required in our area. “Most of our volunteers are over 65 years of age and therefore have a higher risk of COVID-19 infection,” explains Cindy Cutting, the site’s site coordinator. “We want to protect you and our taxpayers and ask everyone to take care of each other with a mask.” Free masks and hand sanitizer are available for taxpayers.
Tax-Aide cannot accept taxpayers who do not want to meet in person or whose forms should not be scanned. You encourage these people to find another third party to help them or visit IRS Free File to submit themselves online. The IRS option can be free or lower depending on income.
Call: The phone number is 865-245-5788. Interested taxpayers must leave a message with a callback number and the best time to call. Due to the expected volume of calls, callbacks can take up to four days. Please do not leave multiple messages.
Book online: https://tinyurl.com/blounttaxes Register for a half-hour appointment. You will receive email reminders and a list of items you brought with you.