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Tax-Aide Offers Free Tax Prep Service

Tax season returns, and, once again, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is here to assist taxpayers with form preparation.  Tax-Aide sites will begin taking appointments for its free tax preparation and e-filing services beginning in early February.

Tax-Aide will continue to offer the same suite of options as last year for tax preparation. That includes:

  • Low contact models allow taxpayers to drop off their papers or have them scanned and return to review
  • Fully virtual service
  • Virtual coaching services

Much of what is available will depend on local COVID conditions. Local Tax-Aide sites have the discretion to run their sites in a way that keeps everyone safe, complies with state and local laws, and takes into count the number of available volunteers. Tax-Aide sites are encouraged to offer more than one service model, and that information will be available at the Tax-Aide Site Locator website.
Those interested in utilizing AARP Foundation Tax-Aide can get more information, including a comprehensive list of documents to bring to the tax site, by visiting www.aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or calling 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). Tax-Aide is capable of processing most personal tax returns with some limited exceptions.

“Tax-Aide is a free service for anyone who needs help completing their tax return and filing it electronically,” said Cindy Gossett, AARP Tax-Aide Washington state coordinator. “Our dedicated and certified volunteers will provide the same high-quality service as in years past, just in a different way to accommodate COVID-19.”

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide operates the nation’s largest volunteer-run free tax preparation service. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to ensure they understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code.

In 2021, one million taxpayers using AARP Tax-Aide Foundation received more than $689 million in income tax refunds. They also avoided any tax preparation fees and pitches for a high-interest tax credit or “refund loans.” The service is offered in conjunction with the IRS, and AARP membership is not required.

About AARP Foundation AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike. Bolstered by vigorous legal advocacy, we spark bold, innovative solutions that foster resilience, strengthen communities and restore hope. To learn more about AARP Foundation visit aarpfoundation.org

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