Tax-Aide kicks off free local tax preparation. Taxpayers can make Contact-Free appointments starting Feb. 12th
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will begin taking appointments for its free tax preparation and e-filing services, beginning Feb. 12th. Due to the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional face-to-face preparation with a Tax-Aide counselor is being replaced with a Contact-Free approach.
Anyone wishing assistance with their tax preparation needs must first make an appointment. Appointments for taxpayers living in Washington can be requested by calling 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277) and leaving a voicemail. A volunteer will call back to set up an appointment. Assistance may also be requested through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide website (www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide)
All Tax preparation interaction with taxpayers will take place via telephone and video conferencing. The service
r will be offered through April 15 and is completely free. Tax-Aide is capable of processing most personal tax returns with some limited exceptions.
“Tax-Aide is a free service for anyone who needs help completing their tax return and filing it electronically,” said Terri Jones of Vancouver, AARP Tax-Aide Washington state coordinator. “Our dedicated and certified volunteers will provide the same high-quality service as in years past, just in a different way to accommodate COVID-19.”
Tax-Aide is an all-volunteer organization whose tax counselors are trained and certified by the IRS. Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 25,000 taxpayers in Washington before all sites were closed in mid-March.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide operates the nation’s largest volunteer-run free tax preparation service. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to ensure they understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code.
In 2020, 1.5 million taxpayers who used AARP Tax-Aide Foundation received more than $1 billion in income tax refunds. They also avoided any tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or “refund loans.” The service is offered in conjunction with the IRS, and AARP membership is not required.
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