Tax season is here, and AARP Alabama and the AARP Foundation are again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers 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 to the older population. However, it is not necessary to be a retiree or an AARP member to utilize this free service.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites in Alabama will be open starting Feb. 1 through April 15. For more information on documentation required for tax filing, or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669).
Tax-Aide is offered at 41 sites in Alabama this year, including senior centers, libraries, churches and other convenient locations, in conjunction with the IRS. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code.
“AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program provides a very valuable service for those who need it most,” said Tom DeLong, AARP Alabama State Coordinator for Tax-Aide. “Our clients get knowledgeable assistance from trained volunteers without concern for cost.”
Last year in Alabama, more than 300 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 20,000 Alabamians file their federal and state income tax returns.
Nationwide in 2014, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 35,195 volunteers at 5,408 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.39 billion in income tax refunds