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More Bilingual Tax Help

Posted on 01/14/19 by Angela Cortez, AARP Colorado

AARP Colorado now has two bilingual sites to prepare taxes under the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide banner.

The state’s first bilingual site at Centro San Juan Diego, 2830 Lawrence St., is in its ninth year of offering tax preparation for Spanish speakers, or taxpayers who just feel more comfortable working with a tax preparer or volunteer in Spanish. Now, people who need Tax-Aide services in Spanish and are closer to the Aurora area, may visit the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012, to work with a Tax-Aide professional.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, has several locations throughout the state to assist low- to moderate-income taxpayers, with a particular focus on people 50 and older, in filing taxes.

Taxpayers do not have to be seniors. Individuals of any age and families may seek out the assistance at no charge.

“We’ve assisted tens of thousands of people in preparing and filing their tax returns,” said Angela Cortez, AARP Colorado spokeswoman. “We could not do it without our hundreds of volunteers, who make an indelible mark on the communities they help.”

Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just 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. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required.

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. In 2017, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions, and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). They also avoided tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.

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

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