Filing your 2011 federal tax return doesn’t have to be a pull-your-hair-out experience. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are here to make filing your taxes as stress-free as possible.
AARP Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-run tax service in the nation. It assists taxpayers with low- and moderate-incomes, with special attention to individuals ages 60 and older. Last year, more than 2,200 Tax-Aide volunteers served nearly 160,000 taxpayers in Texas alone. This year, the program is back with even more volunteers at 325 sites in communities around the state.
“We know that filing tax returns gets complicated. Offering a free service lets us really help people who struggle with it, or might not have access to other types of tax preparation services… and we’re glad to do it,” says AARP Tax-Aide Western Region Coordinator Ron Craig, who oversees the program in Texas. “It’s great to see how many people use the service, and would recommend it to a friend.”
Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 form and standard schedules A and B. Electronic filing is offered at most sites at no charge to the taxpayer, ensuring more accurate tax returns and faster processing of refunds. Tax-Aide volunteers will be helping file returns until April 15.
To search online for a Tax-Aide site near you, visit http://www.aarp.org/taxaide.