Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, 2020, AARP Foundation is providing in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program — and it’s completely free. Since its inception more than 50 years ago, Tax-Aide has served more than 50 million taxpayers and is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, volunteer-run, free tax preparation service. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code, according to Tax-Aide state coordinator Johanna Graham. “Taxes are prepared, free of charge, and filed electronically. Tax-Aide uses the same, secure systems the more expensive, for-profit companies use,” said Graham.
Last year, 296 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped 25,333 people file their federal and state tax returns at 29 sites statewide. This resulted in refunds totaling $15.2 million and $3 million in earned income tax credits.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968, with four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, including documents to bring to the tax site, search the Tax-Aide site locator or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). There is no fee and AARP membership is not required.
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