The American Association of Retired Persons, better known as the AARP, is once again providing free tax preparation help for taxpayers with low to moderate incomes through its foundation's Tax-Aide program.
According to a release from the organization, all you need to do is give them a call or go online. The contacts are listed at the end of this story. You do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to use the service.
Last year, the foundation's 35,000 volunteers provided 2.6 million people with free tax help at nearly 6,000 different sites. Sixty-eight of those volunteers were from Wyoming, helping more than 3,700 people in the state. This year, the program will be offered at approximately 18 sites throughout the state, which include libraries and senior centers. The sites, locally, are the senior centers, on Smith Street in Sheridan and in Buffalo, on Fetterman.
According to information provided by the organization, the tax help program is in its 45th year and is the nation's largest free tax help preparation service that gives special attention to those 60 and older.
Tim Summers is the AARP state director.
He says he's proud his volunteers are eager to help those in need because the U.S. Tax code is complex and can be intimidating. Taxpayers who used the foundation's TAX-Aide services received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $244 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. END
For more information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, 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.