Beginning today and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation around the country–including at more than 200 sites across Texas–through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Last year in Texas alone, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 162,000 Texans file their tax returns. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required.

“Federal income taxes continue to be one of the most befuddling processes Americans have to go through,” said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas director. “That’s why more than 2,000 Texans each year become trained Tax-Aide volunteers to help members of their own communities through the process. It’s downright neighborly.”

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.