Residents needing assistance filling out their income tax forms can get assistance through a couple of charitable agencies.
BakerRipley – formerly Neighborhood Centers – is providing free tax preparation services by IRS-certified tax preparers for the 10th year in a row. In that time, the 110-year-old nonprofit organization, with the support of the United Way and dozens of volunteers, has prepared over 288,000 tax returns, and helped hardworking families and individuals claim $390 million in net refunds.
This year, BakerRipley will once again be providing this free service at 11 convenient locations in the local region for all families and individuals that earn up to $58,000. No appointments are required as walk-ins are welcome at all 11 locations through April 17.
The Fort Bend location is at United Way Fort Bend Service Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford. The location will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Now through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation around the country – including at more than 200 sites across Texas – through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers.
Last year in Texas alone, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 162,000 Texans file their tax returns. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required.
“Federal income taxes continue to be one of the most befuddling processes Americans have to go through,” said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas director. “That’s why more than 2,000 Texans each year become trained Tax-Aide volunteers to help members of their own communities through the process. It’s downright neighborly.”
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code.
To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.