Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'



Contests and

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 

Driver Safety

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

You can get free, face-to-face tax assistance nationwide.

Money Matters Tip Sheets

Download and print out these PDFs to help with your financial matters.

AARP Books

Visit the Money Section

Enjoy titles on retirement, Social Security, and becoming debt-free.


Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming Money webinar or find materials from a past session. 

Jobs You Might Like

most popular



Tax-Aide Helps Thousands of Michigan Taxpayers

Another tax season is upon us, and nearly 900 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Michigan are prepared to help tens of thousands of seniors and others across the state complete their 2011 returns.

See Also: Taxes – Your frequently asked questions

The free AARP Foundation program has helped low-to-moderate income taxpayers with their returns for more than four decades. While all age groups can take advantage of the program, special attention is paid to those 60 and older.

Last year, the 872 Tax-Aide volunteers in Michigan helped 76,657 people file 40,223 federal returns and 14,963 state-only returns at 218 sites around the state.

This year, the number of sites has been reduced to about 180, said Calvin Strom, Tax-Aide coordinator for Michigan. But Strom expects the program will assist similar numbers of taxpayers.

“For the sake of efficiency, we closed down some sites where we would only get a few people. But there will be plenty of help for people in or near their home communities,” Strom said.

Tax-Aide helped Michigan taxpayers collect $25 million in “all kinds of refunds” last tax season, according to Strom. That includes younger clients who benefited from $3.7 million in Earned Income Tax Credits that go to low-income working households and $1.4 million in child care credits.

“People definitely rely on this service,” Strom said. “We provide a tremendous benefit in terms of refund money to clients. The numbers are phenomenal.

“And the volunteers, who aren’t paid for their service, do get some satisfaction from getting refunds for people.”

The Tax-Aide program is offered in cooperation with the IRS. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified.

Returns can be processed electronically or on paper via regular mail.

Those seeking assistance must bring relevant documents with them to the program sites. These include last year’s tax return, Social Security cards, W-2s from employers, SSA-1099 forms showing Social Security benefits paid and other documentation.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

your money

Discounts & Benefits

Explore Your Learning Possiblities