Tax-Aide: Taxpayers' on budget needs met

Published on Saturday, 15 February 2014 20:47 - Written by

Preparing your income tax return can be intimidating and confusing. There are all those documents you have to have. There are so some many things to consider. You may worry if you’re doing it right or if you taking all the deductions you are entitled.

Computerized tax return programs are helpful and many tax preparation services do a great job – at a price. But those services may not always be options for the elderly and people on a limited income.

For this group of people, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide is like a knight in shining in armor galloping in at the moment of need with trained volunteers to save tax-payers in distress.

Tax-Aide is free to taxpayers with a low- to moderate- income. Emphasis is placed in helping those 60 and older (some sites only assist those 55 and older).

In cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to understand the provisions of the tax code that deal with pensions and retirement income – the issues that affect older people.

Those who turn to Tax-Aide for help will need to provide proof of identification, their last year’s tax return papers as well as documents that show their sources of income.

Tax-Aide began in 1968 with four AARP volunteers and now has about 35,000 volunteers who prepare tax returns for 2.6 million people, according to information from AARP.

It is one of the largest volunteer efforts of its kind.

AARP Tax-Aide assistance is available in most communities. Volunteers often work out of senior citizen centers, community centers and churches.

To find Tax-Aide location, go to the AARP website, and click where it says “Find a Tax-Aide location near you” and enter your home town. AARP chapters also can help you locate the nearest site.