AUSTIN, TX --- The AARP Foundation reminds the public that it is still providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers, both individuals and families, with low to moderate income through the AARP Tax-Aide program. AARP Tax-Aide, in its 41st year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service,giving special attention to people over age 60. The program provides assistance from February 1 through April 15. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.
Nationwide in 2008, more than 33,000 volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, helped 2.95 million taxpayers—including 500,000 for economic stimulus payments only—with the preparation of their income tax returns at nearly 7,000 sites across the country.
“I really enjoy volunteering for AARP Tax-Aide, particularly during these tough economic times,” said Jim Knowles, State Coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide in Central Texas. “Tax law can often be confusing. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers can make the process of filling out tax returns a whole lot easier.”
Last year, in Texas alone over 2,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 200,000 people file their federal tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 335 Texas sites including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
To locate a Tax-Aide center near you, call our toll-free number, 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide
AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS.
The AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for older persons in need. Low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to rejoin the workforce. Free tax assistance and preparation is provided for low and moderate income individuals, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Foundation’s litigation staff protects the legal rights of older Americans in critical health, long-term care, and consumer and employment situations. Additional programs provide information, education and services to ensure that people over 50 lead lives of independence, dignity and purpose. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP.