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Get Your Taxes Done For Free in California

Posted on 02/11/19 by Anai Ibarra, AARP California

Beginning February and continuing through April 15th, AARP Foundation is providing free in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program in California and nationwide. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 and is the nation’s largest volunteer-run free tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required.

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to find all allowable deductions including the Cal EITC (California Earned Income Tax Credit), a tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals. Together with the federal EITC, the Cal EITC is one of the most effective tools in the state to lift California families out of poverty; families can use the EITC to buy shoes, put food on the table, pay bills, and cover their basic needs.

Here’s how you can find us in your area:

TaxMobile: As part of our efforts to reach individuals throughout the state of California, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide services via a “TaxMobile” where IRS-certified volunteers will prepare taxes on board a specially branded and equipped bus. The bus will allow us to bring our trusted tax preparation program directly to taxpayers in a convenient and grassroots way.

Following are upcoming dates and locations for the TaxMobile:

Upcoming Special One-Day Events: 

“Super Saturday Events”: We plan to host and/or participate in local one-day events featuring tax preparation and other wraparound services. These venues will provide a holistic, one-stop environment in which individuals can learn about other AARP Foundation, as well as community programs.

Saturday, April 6

Iglesia Emanuel Metodista Unida,

5954 44th Street,

Sacramento, CA 95824

Appointment Only. Call: 211

Saturday, April 13th from 9am -4pm 

Ronald Reagan Community Center

195 East Douglas Avenue, EL Cajon, CA 92020-3916

Appointment Only. Call: 916.258.2306

 Traditional Tax-Aide Sites: Each year, nearly 3,000 volunteers administer AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in California. There are about 400 locations in neighborhood libraries, community centers, malls, banks, mobile units, and senior centers.

To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

Continue to visit this web page, as it will be updated on a regular basis.

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