AARP Tax Aide is coming

papers, receipts, income tax books

Tax season is here and the Chesapeake Public Library will be holding the following AARP Tax Aide sessions starting in February until mid-April:

Russell Memorial Library – (757) 410-7016

2808 Taylor Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325

Thursdays and Fridays* from 10 am – 3 pm

South Norfolk Memorial Library – (757) 410-7048

801 Poindexter Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23324

Fridays* and Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm

* Except 3/16/18 – the Library is closed for staff in-service training

Please bring with you:

  • A copy of your most recent tax return
  • a valid picture ID
  • social security card for you and your family members
  • all necessary paperwork for 2017

Other free AARP Tax Aide locations in the local area may be found at:

Churchland Library – (757) 686-2538

4934 High St. W, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am – 3pm

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church – (757) 547-4706

333 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library – (757) 385-0150

4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Mondays thru Fridays from 10 am – 4pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 5pm

Workforce Development Center – (757) 514-7730

157 N. Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am – 3pm

Staff Stories: Juanita & the Kids

Ray Stevens – musician, composer, and producer – has created music in a wide variety of genres (pop, country, rock, bluegrass, and comedy) for over 50 years. He has created everything from the pop classic “Everything is Beautiful” to the insightful “Mr. Businessman” to the Grammy Award-winning arrangement of “Misty.” He has spoofed any and everything from Tarzan movies to trendy crazes, but, best of all, he created his own style of comedy classics along the way. Some of my favorite novelty hits are “The Streak” and “Mississippi Squirrel Revival.” However, my all-time favorite, the one that always makes me smile (especially during tax time, when everyone gets stressed out) is the musical satire “Juanita & the Kids,” which tells the tale of a man being audited by the IRS for a “small technicality.”

I’ve always enjoyed novelty songs that tell a story.  I find it very amusing when the story pokes fun at the government and bureaucracy, as this one does. And after all, don’t we all need to keep a sense of humor when dealing with the government, especially during tax season?

In this song, the single man without any deductions discovered a “loophole” when filing his 1040 forms; a “wife” (aka a blow-up doll) with a fake birth certificate. Once the IRS accepted his “wife,” he started growing their “family” (aka Cabbage Patch Kids) who also came with birth certificates. The humor appears when the whole family is invited to the IRS office for an audit. When the tax auditor is faced with the choice of denying the tax application and thereby tacitly proclaiming that the government made a mistake (and most likely losing his job by pointing this out), or approving the tax application by turning a blind eye to the blatant abuse of an extremely unlikely, but humorous, loophole, he decides to keep his job.

As you are finishing up your 1040, take a moment to enjoy the song “Juanita & the Kids” and smile. Can you think of any other songs that have to do with taxes? Happy Tax Day!


Bet You Didn’t Know …

Libraries are usually thought of as places where books are housed and computers are available for public use. They’re seen as a hushed and quiet place where people browse through shelves of books, sit at tables studying for their next exam or surf the internet. Of course, Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) has plenty of great books to read, as any reader of the CPL blog can see, and many, many computers for internet and word processing.

I bet I can name six services CPL offers that you don’t usually think of when you hear the word library! There are many other services beyond these, but these are sort of a “Big Six” that’ll have you rethinking what your local library can do for you. Best of all? They’re all free! Continue reading “Bet You Didn’t Know …”