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Tax Season is Here. Could You Use a Helping Hand?

Tax season is here. Do you dread filling out those confusing forms? Are you wondering whether new provisions of the tax code apply to you? Have you put off doing your taxes, even if you expect a refund?

Help is available.

See Also: Taxes – Your frequently asked questions

Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- and middle- incomes, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide from February 1 through April 17. You do NOT need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

Tax law can often be confusing. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers can make the process of filling out tax returns a whole lot easier. Volunteers have gone through a training program offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, and have the knowledge to help prepare your return taking advantage of the many provisions of the tax code. Trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will offer assistance with personal income tax returns at more than 150 sites in Washington state this year. And to speed refunds, we file returns electronically.

Last year, more than 1,200 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 81,000 Washington residents file their income tax returns. The program is offered at senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

Who uses Tax-Aide? Nationwide about 4 out of 5 (78%) are 60 or older, 63% are women, and more than half have annual incomes of less than $30,000. And most of those who use Tax-Aide would have paid to have their returns prepared.

When you visit the site, please bring a copy of last year’s return, all W-2 and 1099 forms including SSA-1099 for Social Security benefits paid, property tax records if applicable, all receipts and canceled checks if itemizing, Social Security cards for yourself and dependents, and if applicable, dependent care provider information including name, employer, and social security number.
 
AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS. Locate an AARP Tax-Aide site near you online or call toll-free 1-888-AARP-NOW.
 
Find a , or call 888-227-7669. You can also find out what information you’ll need to bring with you for tax preparation, such as W-2 forms and copies of last year’s income tax returns, on the internet sites.

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