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Just after the tax filing deadline and in time for spring cleaning, a shredding truck is coming to a city near you. AARP New York, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the AARP Fraud Watch Network and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) are hosting a statewide Shredfest, April 24-May 1. The events will be in New York City, Long Island, the Capital Region, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Elmira, Glens Falls, Binghamton, Nyack and Poughkeepsie. Participants can bring up to three bags of paper …

Once scammed, Chris Hughes, of Richmond Heights, was motivated to help others avoid fraud. Photo by Chris Langer.

By Sarah Hollander Cris Hughes credits the man who scammed her with giving her the energy and passion to help the next potential victim. When Hughes leads AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops, warning about new scams, she talks about the charlatan who reeled her in at church, where her guard was down. She bought into a Ponzi scheme masquerading as a solid investment. The Richmond Heights resident, 66, learned of Fraud Watch when she began looking for a volunteer opportunity …

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    Trained volunteers are available throughout Kansas from now until April 15 to help taxpayers prepare their tax returns. AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to …

Jim Graff, de Sun City, disfruta la ardua labor que exige ser voluntario de Tax-Aid para AARP Foundation.  Foto- Michael McNamara

Por Ford Burkhart La mayoría de los días, Jim Graff disfruta de preparar declaraciones de impuestos como uno de los 1,200 voluntarios del programa Tax-Aide de AARP Foundation en Arizona. Pero, señaló, “Hay cierta información que es muy triste”. Por ejemplo, cuando surge evidencia de robo de identidad al presentar una declaración. El IRS remite a los contribuyentes con este tipo de problemas a voluntarios como Graff, un experto en el juego de la declaración de impuestos. Se jubiló después …

Gary Rauschenberger of Tax-Aide helps Virginia Day of Butler on her taxes. Photo by Matt Roth.

By Kathryn Canavan When Gary Rauschenberger walks through the Walmart near his Butler home, shoppers who spot him say, “Oh, that’s my tax man.”“That’s my nickname—the tax man,” he said. Rauschenberger, 64, is not a paid tax preparer. He’s a retired banker who volunteers with Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program with IRS-certified tax preparers who help taxpayers complete their returns for free. Since the program was created in 1968, it has helped more than 50 million taxpayers file their taxes. …

Tax-Aide volunteer Kathy Goeddel of Portland: ‘You help people find money they weren’t expecting.’ Photo by Leah Nash

By Mac McLean Kathy Goeddel has 32 years of experience helping taxpayers save a chunk of money when they file their returns. Best of all, her service is free. Goeddel, a retired information systems director from Portland, listed two common tax breaks that people sometimes miss: the earned income tax credit and the retirement saver’s credit. There are also tax credits or deductions to help people get back some of the money they spent for child care, health insurance, getting …

Wendell Shaffer helps Ronda Box with her tax returns at Tax-Aide site in Lee’s Summit. Photo by Ryan Nicholson.

  By Alan Greenblatt This time of year, lots of people want to prepare your taxes for a fee. But there’s an alternative: AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program, with volunteers helping file your state and federal returns for no cost. “You hate to hear about some senior citizen going to pay $150—or sometimes more than $150—for a two-page tax return,” said Wendell Shaffer, 77, a former accountant and oil business manager. He has been a Tax-Aide volunteer for 23 years and …

Harold Vogel assists Arlis Garcia with his tax returns at the Plattsburgh Senior Center. Photo by Emily McManamy.

By Donna Liquori In New York’s North Country, an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at a Plattsburgh senior center draws scores of people eager to file their income taxes early—and for free—to receive a refund to offset holiday expenses and utility bills. But some have difficulty leaving the house. That’s where Harold Vogel comes in. The volunteer crisscrosses the Adirondacks preparing the taxes of shut-ins when he’s not at the center. Vogel, 68, a professional tax preparer who has volunteered with …

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The refund that flows from a properly prepared tax return can be a windfall for someone living on a fixed income and facing rising health care costs. AARP Illinois encourages members to take advantage of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which last year helped more than 82,000 Illinoisans file more than 55,000 tax returns at 201 sites across the state. The program—which has assisted more than 50 million U.S. taxpayers since 1968—is open to everyone, although priority is given to taxpayers age …

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AARP Foundation is once again providing free, IRS certified, tax assistance for all Idaho taxpayers through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. It is available to anyone…young or old…AARP member or not. Last year, 284 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 32,000 Idahoans file their …