AARP Offers Free Tax Preparation And Filing
The AARP is offering free tax preparation and filing for taxpayers with low to moderate income. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a free program that’s been offering assistance and preparation service for over 45 years.
You don’t have to be a member, senior citizen, or retiree to use this free service.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is anticipated to have 35,000 volunteers at over 6,000 sites across the country. Taxpayers that used the program received $1.3 billion in income tax, according to the TriState Homepage.
Volunteers began filing 2013 tax returns Monday and Tuesday of this week. They already helped over 60 taxpayers at the New Bern site in North Carolina. The service is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taxpayers were reportedly waiting when the doors opened on Monday morning.
Alex Muenster offered some words of advice to future taxpayers. He suggests bringing a government-issued photo identification card or a state-issued driver’s license, along with Social Security cards for yourself and all dependents.
Muenster also says it’s important to bring a debit card or credit card along with checkbook. Muenster said, “Many people are using debit cards instead of writing checks and don’t carry a checkbook to show bank account information.” This information is important for e-filing and receiving your refund.
For more information or to locate an AARP Tax-Aide site in your area, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). It will stay open until Monday, April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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