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AARP Tax-Aide Offers Mississippians Help Filing Taxes

The April 15 tax deadline is right around the corner, and many Mississippians are trying to complete their 2010 taxes. AARP Tax-Aide can offer help with preparing and filing taxes.

In Mississippi, about 200 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers served 16,700 people in 2010, according to Larry Grant, AARP Tax-Aide Coordinator for Mississippi. AARP Tax Aide has 38 sites throughout the state. This year, a site has been added in Lucedale.

“We worked with the AARP chapter in Lucedale to add a site there,” Grant said.

AARP Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Through a team of trained volunteers, AARP Tax-Aide has helped people for more than 40 years in every state and the District of Columbia.

“Our service not only saves people money that they could use to pay for heating bills or food,” Grant said. “It also saves them a meaningful amount of money that they may have paid another service to have their taxes done.”

AARP Tax-Aide has been helping taxpayers since 1968 at sites located in convenient places such as libraries, malls, banks, and senior centers. Nationwide, more than 35,000 Tax-Aide volunteers help nearly 3 million people across the country with their tax questions and returns, making sure they receive all of their eligible deductions. Volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS, which has a cooperative agreement with the AARP Foundation to run the program.

“We provide a very helpful service to people who are just bewildered by the (tax) process,” Grant said.

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