Clients Having Trouble Reading the Small Print on Tax Forms? AFB’s Tax Guide Can Help
NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Imagine not being able to read the small print on a W-2 or 1040. That is the reality for the millions of Americans experiencing age-related vision loss. To make tax season easier for people with vision problems due to conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or cataracts, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has released a Tax Guide filled with helpful tax filing tips and resources. You can read the full Guide at www.afb.org/seniorsite/taxguide.
"Tax season is stressful for everyone, but there’s added anxiety when you can’t read the tiny print on receipts, tax forms, or other financial documents — especially when you’re dealing with private financial information," said Judy Scott, Director of the AFB Center on Vision Loss. "The good news is that with the right magnification devices and resources, it is possible to independently manage your finances and complete your tax return."
The Tax Guide covers everything from how to prepare for tax time, to filing and checking on the status of a return. Some of the tips found in the Tax Guide include:
— Invest in a magnification device. Handheld lighted magnifiers,
available from a doctor specializing in low vision rehabilitation, or
electronic magnification devices called video magnifiers, can help you
read small print that is typically found on receipts and IRS forms.
— Visit the IRS web site to download tax forms and instructions in the
format that’s easiest for you to read, whether that’s large print,
braille, or text.
— If you are legally blind, indicate that on your tax form since you may
qualify for a higher deduction.
— If you are working with an accountant, ask him or her to prepare your
taxes using large print forms, or another accessible format, so that
you can review your return before you sign it.
— If you owe money in taxes, and need to write a check, ask your bank if
they carry raised-line or large-print checks. If the bank does not
have them, they can be ordered.
In addition to the Tax Guide, AFB Senior Site(R) offers a number of tips and tools to help people with vision loss independently manage their finances — from paying bills, to creating a home office, to banking. You can find the complete set of resources at www.afb.org/seniorsite/finances.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online at www.afb.org.