Even though it happens every year, many of us put off filing our federal income taxes for a number of reasons, whether it’s due to anxiety, complexity or cost. AARP Tax-Aide, administered through the AARP Foundation, comes to the rescue with its no-fee tax-preparation and filing service for low- to moderate-income taxpayers of any age, with special attention to individuals age 60 and over.
“AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide services are provided free of charge thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteer counselors,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Kelly Clark. “Last year, Tax-Aide volunteers helped nearly 18,000 New Hampshire residents file almost 11,000 federal income tax returns, saving nearly $2 million in tax preparation and related filing fees. And all of the AARP Foundation volunteer tax counselors have passed IRS certification exams.”
There are nearly 60 sites across New Hampshire, and many have evening and weekend hours to accommodate those who work during the day and all sites are handicap accessible. Counselors at many locations can also provide guidance regarding eligibility for property tax abatements from cities and towns. Some sites will reopen briefly in May or June to help file New Hampshire property tax rebates.
To find the best time and location for you, use one of four easy options:
- Check out the schedule of sites across the Granite State
- Call 211, New Hampshire’s statewide resource number
- Go to www.aarp.org/taxaide
- Call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669)
Don’t forget to bring these tax-related documents when you get your tax return prepared:
- Social Security number/cards for yourself and all dependents.
- W-2 forms from each employer.
- Unemployment compensation statements.
- All 1099 forms, including Social Security, banks, brokerage, pensions, etc. If you have a 1099-B, please bring documentation showing the purchase price of assets you sold.
- All forms indicating federal income tax withheld or paid.
- Child care provider information (name, employer ID, Social Security numbers.)
- All receipts or canceled checks, if itemizing deductions.
- A copy of last year’s return, if you have it.
“Filing income taxes is often compared to having a root canal,” added Clark. “It’s something that is necessary but not often enjoyable. While we can’t offer help for your dental services, we can offer AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services.”
Interested in volunteering for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program? Want to help others take the anxiety out of tax time? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be glad you did.
AARP Tax-Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Services. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, charitable organization established in 1961.