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Tax-Aide Offers Free Filing Assistance for Older Taxpayers

Tax season is here and many Hawaii residents are looking for filing assistance. The good news is more than 250 Hawaii Tax-Aide volunteers are standing by to help.

Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP-trained and IRS-certified volunteers are available at 41 locations throughout the state to help prepare basic federal and state tax forms.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service for low and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to people age 60 and older. Last year in Hawaii, Tax-Aide volunteers helped 15,745 clients file federal and state returns at no cost to them. With the help of Tax-Aide, Hawaii residents received $6.7 million in tax refunds and low-income workers received $1.6 million in earned income tax credits.

“Every year AARP Tax-Aide helps thousands of people prepare and file their tax returns,” said Hawaii Tax-Aide Coordinator Marcia Wood. “We could not do it without our hundreds of volunteers, who leave an indelible mark on the communities they touch.”

Anyone interested in meeting with an AARP tax preparation counselor should check site listings posted at the AARP Information Centers on Oahu or call 843-1906 for site information. Taxpayers can also find the site near them by calling toll-free 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or with the AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator.

In some circumstances, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers may be able to provide assistance to home-bound elderly, including individuals in nursing homes. Foreign language assistance may also be available at select locations. Appointments are required at some locations, so call ahead to be sure.

AARP Tax-Aide is a service of the AARP Foundation, AARP's affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for older persons in need. Low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to re-join the workforce. Free tax preparation is provided for low- and moderate-income individuals, with special attention to those 60 and older. Additional programs provide information, education and services to ensure that people over 50 lead lives of independence, dignity and purpose. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP.

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