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Published: 3/2/2009 12:08 AM

Elk Grove seniors can get tax help

Residents 60 and over with low to moderate incomes can still sign up at the Elk Grove Senior Center, 225 E. Elk Grove Blvd., to have their 2008 federal and state income tax returns prepared.

Volunteers with the IRS-AARP Tax Aid Service will file both electronic and paper returns free. Appointments are needed; call (847) 364-7224 to set one up. Sessions are held 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays through April 8.

Federal forms 1040 EZ, 1040A and 1040 with schedules for interest, dividends, itemized deductions and capital gains can be prepared, as well as forms C-EZ and ES for self-employed persons with expenses under $2,500.

The Tax-Aide service cannot prepare complicated returns including Schedule C profit or loss from business, Schedule E rents and losses, Form 8606 nondeductible IRAs, out of state gambling winnings and out of state sale of property.

Even if you take a standard deduction, bring in your real estate tax to see if you qualify for an additional deduction. Bring proof of your 2008 stimulus payment, it may show that you were entitled to more than you received.

Apply now for D25 PTA scholarships

Graduating high school seniors who have attended one or more Arlington Heights District 25 schools for at least three years can apply for one of the Arlington Heights Council of PTAs academic or achievement scholarships. Applications are available at Buffalo Grove, Hersey, Prospect, Rolling Meadows, St. Viator high schools and all District 25 schools.

The deadline to file applications is March 7.

Academic scholarship candidates must have a 4.0 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale. Achievement scholarship candidates must have an active IEP and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (5.0 scale).

Winners will be selected based on school and community involvement, paid and volunteer work experience, motivation and academic standing.

Since 1974, the Arlington Heights Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 275 scholarships to graduating high school seniors, exceeding $290,000. Contact Rosie Baldwin, (847) 506-1814 or Trish McGeady Richardson, (847) 368-9695.

Learn how to be a great baby sitter

The Elk Grove Village Public Library is inviting students ages 10 to 16 to sign up for a two-part class on baby-sitting, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 7 and 14.

This class is taught by a certified teacher and offers fun activities, small group discussions, role playing and teacher-led discussions which allow students to actively participate in class.

A $10 nonrefundable fee is due at registration to cover a student reference book and other resource materials. Bring a lunch, drink and large doll to class. Interested persons should register online at