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AARP program provides free tax assistance and preparation

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate incomes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. Taxpayers do not need to be members of AARP or retirees to use this service.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. There's no fee and no sales pitch for other services.

"This great program makes a huge difference in people's lives," said AARP Delaware State Director Lucretia Young. "It's a valuable service that gives people better financial resilience regardless of their age."

In 2015, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide's 35,000 volunteers provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $250 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.

Last year in Delaware, 137 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 11,000 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 43 sites in Delaware including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. For more information on documents to bring to the tax site or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, go to www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).



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Original Publication Date: February 12, 2016



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