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Free Tax Help Available at 2 New Orleans Libraries | Entertainment/Life

The New Orleans Public Library is once again partnering with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide to provide in-person tax preparation assistance. This free service is available to everyone, but is designed with a focus on low to middle income taxpayers over the age of 50.

Through April 11, the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, and the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., will host AARP Tax Assistance. Appointments in Algiers are available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Mondays; These last appointments are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, with the exception of Mardi Gras.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are certified by the IRS to prepare federal returns, which include most of the items on Form 1040, the U.S. Personal Income Tax Return. AARP volunteers can also prepare Louisiana tax returns, if required. Volunteers cannot help with:

  • Income from rental property
  • Farm income
  • Moving expenses
  • Injuries and thefts
  • Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Loss of independent business

Registration is mandatory. Dial (504) 233-2316 to make an appointment.

TEEN BOARD: The Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet virtually via Zoom at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2.

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to make their voices heard by sharing their thoughts on how the library can better serve them. Members of the Teen Advisory Council will have the opportunity to shape their library experience and help plan the programming, services and products they want to see.

The Teen Advisory Board is sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library and meets on the first Wednesday of each month. To visit teens.nolalibrary.org to complete an application.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Celebrate Black History Month with the New Orleans Public Library Art Contest: “Ways we Stay Healthy: Health and Wellness in the Black Community.” Ways to stay healthy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Orleans Parish students from K-12 are invited to share health-inspired artwork and the well-being of the black community.

Entries are being accepted digitally and in person until midnight February 28. All entrants will receive a free book, and winners will have their art displayed in all library locations and on the library’s website and social media channels.

To visit nolalibrary.org for details, rules and resources.

CLOSING OF MARDI GRAS: All New Orleans Public Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, March 1 to celebrate Mardi Gras. Other locations’ hours may be affected throughout the Carnival season. Stay informed of opening hours and closings on nolalibrary.org.

Jane LeGros is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the New Orleans Public Library.

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