Tax appointments with free e-filing are available at the YMCA in Belfast, at the Carver Library in Searsport, and at the Stockton Springs Library.

For Belfast appointments, call the YMCA at 338-4598.
For Searsport or Stockton Springs appointments, call Pat Snyder at 567-3137.

This free volunteer service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the IRS, is offered to taxpayers of any age.

More families will qualify for the federal earned income credit this year, as the income levels have been raised for this credit and the refund amounts increased. Also, an additional refundable credit has been added for families with three or more children.

Real estate tax on your home and sales tax on a new car is deductible even if you don’t otherwise itemize deductions.

Those who want the first-time homebuyer credit must provide a copy of their closing settlement to be submitted with their tax return. Because the home buyer credit returns will be audited, the refund for this will take longer than usual. People may easily access the form and instructions for this credit at, Form 5405.

A non-custodial parent who claims a child as a dependent must now submit documentation for this, either a copy of the divorce or separation agreement, or Form 8332 signed by the custodial parent.