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In Delaware, 0ver 110 volunteers at more than 50 "E-file" sites statewide are gearing up for the February launch of this year’s effort. AARP’s Tax-Aide program, a collaboration between the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, provides free tax assistance and preparation services to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to individuals age 60+. Last year, nearly 10,000 Delawareans were served by our volunteer tax counselors.
Across the nation, IRS-trained Tax Aide volunteers helps more than 2 millions older Americans with their tax returns, making sure they receive all of the deductions they can. Tax Aide is indeed the largest volunteer-run tax preparation effort with more than 32,000 volunteers from coast to coast, and in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
“It’s very rewarding to utilize your skills and help others make the most of their tax returns,” says John McKiernan, AARP Tax Aide state coordinator. “We’re helping those who really need us.”
He also noted that for the first time, Tax Aid will offer electronic filing at all Delaware sites to allow for a faster refund payment and greater accuracy.
Tax Aid placed a special priority on those at risk of falling into poverty in the second half of their lives, including low-income people, women and minorities and people 60+.
Counselors work mainly during February through April to help others prepare their tax returns optimally. You can also become involved in marketing the program or setting up events. Tax Aide is run by the AARP Foundation, the charitable arm or AARP committed to helping the most vulnerable members of our society.
Visit AARP’s Tax Aide site or call 1-888-AARPNOW to volunteer or find a convenient site near you.