Madison County, NY – – Cornell Cooperative Extensions’ popular free income tax preparation program is again offered this year, with mandatory precautions for COVID-19 in place.
Eligible are seniors aged 60 and over. There are no income restrictions this year.
This long-term program is offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) in Madison County. According to official information, the program costs are supported by an annual IRS grant. IRS Certified Volunteers have completed the training and will start filing tax returns on February 16, 2021 and continue through April 15.
Officials say applicants should note that if they fail to receive their $ 600 stimulus check, they will be required to file an income tax return, even if they are not required to register.
This year there are a number of important changes regarding COVID-19. There are no more walk-in locations, so everyone must make an appointment by calling the new direct appointment line at (315) 750-2638. Filers should be ready to leave their name, phone number, and the site they want to visit (see the list below). Masks must be worn, health certification documents completed, and recognition and liability documents signed for risks associated with possible exposure to COVID-19 through participation in the program.
Due to COVID-19 conditions, the locations available this year are limited to the following:
- CCE Madison at 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville
- Caz takes care of Fridays
- Oneida Public Library on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Canastota Public Library on Wednesday
- Sullivan Library-Chittenango on Monday and Wednesday
Each site has:
- Subscribe / unsubscribe sheets for contact tracing
- Hand sanitizer
- Seating at 6-foot intervals
Masks must always be worn by everyone and volunteers will disinfect the spaces between clients.
Only the customer is allowed to attend the appointment – friends and family members have to wait elsewhere.
Anyone who feels sick, has signs of illness (such as a sore throat, fever, cough, etc.), has traveled out of state, and / or has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days must cancel and reschedule set for everyone’s safety.
Given the ongoing unknowns with the pandemic, seniors are urged to make appointments once they have received all tax papers as it may come at a time when services are postponed due to public health and safety concerns.
CCE Madison and the Tax Program Volunteers say they are committed to providing this important service. Should there be a need to stop or postpone personal preparation, CCE Madison will work to determine other options to support the senior free tax close, as it did during the 2020 tax close season. Check the CCE Madison County website and Facebook for program updates.
To best prepare for appointments, take a look at last year’s return to see what forms are needed this year, then bring / carry:
- Face covering always worn correctly
- Tax return for the last year
- Social security cards for anyone who is claimed
- Photo ID like a driver’s license, even if it has recently expired
- Tax information forms such as W-2 and 1099