Free tax assistance offered by AARP at the Crandon Library

Free income tax assistance is available for the Forest County residents March 8th and 20th, 2018. This service is provided by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation, and is available to people with low to moderate income; with special attention to those over the age of 60.

Tax counseling services are offered free of charge by volunteer Tax Aides trained by the IRS and AARP to assist in tax preparation. The services rendered will include preparation of your 2017 Federal and Wisconsin tax returns, and, if applicable, the Wisconsin Homestead Credit.

The tax counseling service is offered from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Crandon Public Library located at 110 W. Polk Street, Crandon.

To speed up refunds or receipt of Homestead Credit, electronic filing of your return is offered at no charge.

People intending to use the service will need to bring the following items as appropriate:

  • A picture ID (Required)
  • Social Security Card (Required)
  • Copies of last year’s 2016 Federal & State returns (if you filed)
  • 2017 W-2’s, 1099’s and any other tax related documents (i.e. interest & dividend statements, IRA withdrawals, etc.)
  • Social Security Income payment statements
  • Copies of any W-2 G (gambling winnings)
  • Information showing purchase price for any stock sold
  • Information to support any Itemized Deductions
  • Copy of your Real Estate Tax Statement for both 2016 and 2017
  • NOTE: Bring a copy of your 2017 bill even if you will pay it 2018
  • Know the annual dollar amount you paid for your Supplemental Medical Insurance and your Medicare Part D Drug Insurance.
  • Signed rent Certificate from your Landlord (if renting & filing for Homestead Credit)
  • State Unemployment Summary (Must get online)

Please note that tax counseling is offered by appointment only. To learn more about the tax service, or to make an appointment, you must call (715) 478-3784 to reserve your spot.

Crandon Public Library

Dear Friends,

After twenty-five years of being a librarian (the last nine years spent at the Crandon Public Library) I have made the decision to accept a new position as Forest County’s UW-Extension Youth and Family educator beginning February 1st.

Making the decision to leave the library was not an easy one for me. My role as “Miss Michelle” is fully ingrained into my personality. I take great pride in making book recommendations, suggesting program ideas and offering up the library as a resource for just about anything. I don’t foresee these things changing. And here’s why– I truly believe in the role a public library plays within a community. It truly transforms people. I believe the Crandon Public Library has the power to transform our community. Every day there are a core group of individuals who visit the library to read our daily newspapers. Every day there are individuals who use our computers to take classes, apply for jobs and connect with their family members in other parts of the world. Every day we provide learning materials and hands-on activities to the youth in our community. Every day we talk and share stories with community members who live alone and look forward to a friendly face at our desk. These are the things I will miss. The people I will miss.

There are things I will not miss. I will not miss the politics. I will not miss the lack of understanding of what it is the library offers to the community. I will not miss the idea that the library is a luxury item and not an essential service provided to the taxpayers of Forest county. I will not miss having to justify the existence of a public library because of Google.

I am excited about the UW Extension position and the opportunities it will offer to myself and Forest County. I no doubt will be collaborating with the library and I look forward to being a library patron and discovering new books on our shelves. (You miss that when you are the one who orders the books!)

A fond farewell from Miss Michelle!