As much as we look forward to April’s milder temps and the inevitable arrival of Spring, there is one date on the calendar that still puts a chill in most people’s bones – the dreaded April 15. As this year’s deadline for filing your federal and state tax returns approaches, more than 500 AARP volunteers are busy assisting residents in preparing and electronically filing their taxes at dozens of AARP Tax-Aide sites throughout Connecticut. And they are ready and willing to help you too!
The AARP Tax-Aide Program is the nation’s largest FREE, volunteer-run assistance and preparation service. The program is available to low-to-middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older.
In Connecticut, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped 28,000 people file their taxes in 2009. Over 90% of the tax returns were filed electronically, assuring that residents received their tax refunds quickly. If you don’t have access to a computer or don’t feel comfortable doing your taxes yourself, let our trained volunteers do the work for you!
Don’t Miss Out on Valuable Tax Credits and Deductions This Year
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to help people with low and moderate incomes take advantage of the deductions and credits they are entitled to and save money.
As a result of the Federal Stimulus package passed last year by Congress, a number of new tax credits and exemptions are available this year for people who have bought new homes or cars, made certain energy-efficiency upgrades and more. Find out about new tax breaks, deductions and strategies that can help your bottom-line.
Though the Tax-Aide program serves people of all ages, the program gives special attention to people 60 and older. The service is free and all of our volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS every year.
Find a Tax-Aide Site Near You
Visit us online to find a Connecticut AARP Tax-Aide free income tax preparation facility near you, or call 2–1–1. Facility information also is available by calling 1-888-227-7669 or visiting AARP.org/taxaide. Tax-Aide locations require an appointment so it is always recommended to call ahead first.
What to Bring
If married, both husband and wife should be present during an income tax counseling session. Taxpayers must have available all information and documents that have been received that apply to their 2009 income taxes including:
- Proof of identity (picture or other documentation).
- All income statements that apply to the taxpayers.
- Social security number (Social Security Card or Benefit Statement-Form SSA-1099) for taxpayer and all dependents.
- Copy of 2008 Federal and State tax returns.
- Personal check, if available, with bank checking account & routing numbers.