Beginning this month, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Last year this program helped more than 30,000 Kansans receive nearly $13.5 million in refunds.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 use this service.
In 2014, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 36,000 volunteers at more than 5,000 sites throughout the country provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $257 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).
Last year, 385 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped Kansans file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 75 sites in Kansas including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
“We’re fortunate here in Kansas to have such a dedicated group of Tax-aide volunteers – led by state volunteer coordinator Steve Robbins – to assist Kansans who need help with tax preparation,” said AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner.
When you visit a Tax-aide site, be sure to bring last year’s tax returns and forms related to income from employment, pensions, annuities, Social Security, dividends or other sources and canceled checks or other paperwork showing any payment of state or federal taxes. Also, bring a photo ID and Social Security card for yourself, spouses and any dependents, if applicable. If you want to direct deposit your refund, bring a check from your bank.
New for 2014 tax returns, you will need to bring additional documentation for preparation of your tax return. Bring health insurance coverage information for you, your spouse and all dependents, If don’t have full year coverage, bring information on monthly coverage. If you purchased insurance through the marketplace/exchange, you must bring Form 1095A. For taxpayers on Medicare or Medicare Advantage for the full year, no further information is required.
For more information on documentation that is required or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).
Here in Kansas, you can visit www.kstaxaide.com for locations throughout the state. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.