By Janet Lam-Rogers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteer
Starting February 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing at sites throughout the state. Tax-Aide is totally free; you do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service.
Whether you are a working or retired individual, Tax-Aide’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers at each site can help answer your questions and prepare your tax returns. In addition to earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $25,000 in annual expenses, and various healthcare (Affordable Care Act), education, child and earned income credits.
Taxpayers utilizing the free service can receive their tax refunds rather quickly as all Tax-Aide sites will be using electronic filing.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older. Since 1968, AARP Foundation’s volunteer-based Tax-Aide program has helped approximately 50 million low to moderate income taxpayers.
The program has over 35,000 volunteers and 5,400 sites across the country. In Washington state last year, more than 1,000 Tax-Aide volunteers at about 150 sites helped approximately 81,000 taxpayers get more than $51 million in refunds.
For more information and to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.