We all know Ben Franklin’s famous quote from 1789: “In this world nothing can be said for sure except death and taxes.” While there is not much we can do about the former, I am pleased to say, that the library will be the contact point for tax assistance in 2022!
If you’ve never heard of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, allow me to brighten up your tax season!
Founded in 1971, VITA is administered by the IRS, which requires rigorous tax law training for the thousands of volunteers who help prepare tax returns for millions of taxpayers each year. Thanks to a partnership with Professor Jacob Peng, director of accounting at Robert Morris University, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is pleased to be able to offer free tax help appointments beginning in February.
How does it work? First, make sure you qualify for the service. If you are submitting as an individual, you qualify if your total income for 2021 was $38,000 or less (excluding Social Security). If filing jointly, your total household income should be $58,000 or less. There are a few other minor restrictions but if you make an appointment we will walk you through these to ensure you qualify. Then we also make sure that you know all the documents you need to bring with you.
When you call the library, sign up for two 30-minute appointments. At the first appointment, you will meet with a tax advisor and answer any questions he has for you. Then the preparer fills out your tax return on their own, and the following week you come back for your second appointment where you review, sign and file your tax return – it’s that simple.
We have appointments on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm starting February 5th and ending April 9th. To register, call the library at 412-276-3456. We hope to hear from you – the dates fill up quickly!
Tax help isn’t the only free financial service we’re offering in February. On Thursday, February 24th at 7pm, licensed real estate agent Solomon Rivers will be offering a course on Restoring Your Credit. Solomon guides you through the world of credit repair, providing simple, concrete steps anyone can take to improve their credit score. Your credit score can affect everything from credit cards to car loans to mortgages – find out how to make the most of it.
In conclusion, we describe the Carnegie Carnegie as “A library and so much more…” I would fail to mention a wonderful upcoming performance, a Presidents Day tradition for us. The Duquesne Wind Symphony, conducted by James Gourlay, presents Lincoln Portrait on February 21 at 7pm. A true American original, this orchestral classic is composed by Aaron Copland and features an oratorio based on some of Abraham Lincoln’s most influential writings. The internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti presents the oratorio in this performance. Buy your tickets at www.CarnegieCarnegie.com – for only $15 you won’t want to miss out on what is sure to be a deeply moving experience.
I hope to see you here!
Walker Evans is the director of librarianship at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall.