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AARP Volunteers Make Tax Time less Taxing

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 5, 2013

Contact: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, mrowett@aarp.org

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AARP Volunteers Make Tax Time less Taxing

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites to provide free IRS-certified tax preparation through April 15


LITTLE ROCK Hundreds of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in dozens of Arkansas communities are standing by to help low- to moderate-income taxpayers of all ages prepare their 2012 income tax returns at no cost.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is open to anyone, including non-AARP members, but the program gives priority to low- and moderate-income people age 60 and older. Volunteers are IRS trained and certified, ready to prepare a variety of returns and most returns can be filed electronically.

Most AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites in Arkansas will be open through April 15 and operate on a first come, first served basis; some offer appointments.  For a complete list of locations and hours, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call toll-free 1-888-227-7669.

"AARP Foundation Tax-Aide exists to help those who might not otherwise have access to tax preparation services," said Lydia Plant, Arkansas State Administrator for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. “Those who receive tax preparation assistance from our IRS-trained and certified volunteers also avoid any tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund checks.”

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide clients are asked to bring last year’s tax returns; forms such related to income from employment, pensions, annuities, Social Security, dividends or other sources; and canceled checks or other paperwork showing payment of state or federal taxes. A complete list of potentially applicable documents to bring is available at http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-01-2011/important-tax-documents.html

Last year, 318 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers at 32 sites across Arkansas helped prepare and file 29,258 returns. Arkansas taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $17.3 million in income tax refunds and more than $3.5 million in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which goes to working families with limited resources.

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