AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service and is helping Alaskans save. Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation for low- and moderate-income filers; particularly those age 60 and up.

According to AARP volunteer Jan Watson, Anchorage District Tax Aide Coordinator, “Almost four out of five people who turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are 60 or older. Household incomes aren’t high. For many of them, a tax refund could mean they won’t have to choose between paying for groceries and keeping the lights on.”

Jan reports that for 2013 tax filings, the Anchorage State Office site volunteers alone filed 337 paper and electronic tax returns, helping taxpayers save approximately $64,200 in tax preparation fees. They also helped them receive over $101,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits, money that Jan said, “Will now be spent in our community.”

The Anchorage State Office tax aide site, which will begin again on the first Wednesday of the month on July 2, is one of many sites or online resources that are available. You can find information about Tax Aide sites on the program’s locator site.

Want to help others? Tax Aide is also looking for volunteers. Jan says, “Lending your time and talent for this program is a great way to both help others and to keep your mind sharp. You don’t even have to be a tax expert to volunteer.” Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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AARP Foundation Tax Aide Coordinator Jan Watson

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Coordinator Jan Watson