Get Tax Filing Assistance from AARP Tax-Aide

Posted on 02/14/24

Finances, savings, annuity insurance and bills counting taxes at home

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free in-person tax return focusing on those who are over 50 or have low-to-moderate income. There are more then 50 sites across Colorado, and are certified by the IRS each year.

Tax-Aide is organized around Sites in public area such as Libraries, Community Centers and Churches. Most Sites require an appointment. Visit the AARP Site Locator for schedule and contact information for a Site near you.

Tax-Aide is unable to prepare these forms, due to complexity of the tax law and IRS restrictions.

  • Schedule F for Farm Income 
  • Schedule E for Rental income 
  • Form 4562 for Depreciation and Amortization 
  • More complex K-1 income from Partnerships, Trusts, Estates 
  • And other less common items 

The extra refunds from the pandemic years (Stimulus payments, expanded ages for EIC, expanded refundable Child Tax Credit) are over.

Tabor:
The only way to obtain the Tabor Rebate is to file a Colorado Income Tax Return or apply for the Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate (PTC). Without one of these, you will not receive the Tabor Rebate. For people with no Colorado tax liability or who did not have W-2 income with Colorado tax withheld, the Tabor Rebate expires on the April tax filing deadline (April 15 for this year).

For those with tax liability or W-2 income with Colorado tax withheld, the deadline is the October extension date (October 15 for this year).

Any returns filed after these deadlines, whether e-filed or postmarked by the Post Office, will not receive the Tabor Rebate. One cannot file a prior year return to obtain the prior year Tabor Rebate.

Age:
To qualify, one must be a Colorado resident, be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the year, and file either a Colorado Income Tax Return or PTC application. Someone under 18 years old would qualify if they have Colorado tax liability or had Colorado tax withheld on a W-2.

Similar programs:
The IRS runs a program similar to Tax-Aide called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). The main difference is VITA is aimed at lower income working families and usually has an income limit. You can find information about VITA sites from these locators.

GetYourRefund.org are a free virtual service supported by the IRS, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the White House that helps low-income households across America receive high quality tax services from the convenience of your home.

This story is provided by AARP Colorado. Visit the AARP Colorado page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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