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Tax Tips for Seniors

Tax papersWinter has come to the Reading / Berks County area. Is it too early to start thinking about springtime? Well, as the year 2020 ends (which many of us are thankful for), a new year begins, bringing along with it — tax time! January is generally when all those tax statements arrive in the mail, and those quiet winter days are the perfect time to collect what you need to file correctly. It’s also the perfect time to research the tax breaks available for seniors.

The following tips were developed to help you avoid some of the common errors in dealing with senior taxes. Visit the IRS at for helpful publications and information on how to obtain free tax assistance.

Standard Deduction for Seniors If you do not itemize your deductions, you can get a higher standard deduction amount if you or your spouse are 65 years old or older. You can get an even higher standard deduction amount if either you or your spouse is blind.

Taxable Amount of Social Security Benefits When preparing your return, be especially careful when you calculate the taxable amount of your Social Security. Some or all of it may be tax-free.

Credit for the Elderly or Disabled You must file using Form 1040 or Form 1040A to receive the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled. The Credit is based on your age, filing status, and income. Visit the IRS site or your tax advisor for details.

While pondering your taxes, consider investment tax breaks, retirement contributions, and healthcare tax breaks.

Free IRS Tax Return Preparation IRS-sponsored volunteer tax assistance programs offer free tax help to seniors and to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.

The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café, and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety, and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day and is open to the public.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or a loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit us at