AARP Tax-Aide

The following bulletin was issued by the AARP Foundation, located in Washington, D.C. The service performed by AARP compliments the work of VITA sites (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and IRS’ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. It is available to taxpayers with low- and moderate-income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Last year AARP Tax-Aide served 2.5 million taxpayers at 6,500 sites across the country. The sites are located in libraries, community centers, senior centers, and other convenient locations and are open in 2011 from approximately late January/early February to mid-April. The filing deadline in 2011 is April 18.

AARP Tax-Aide provides this free service regardless of age or AARP membership. Volunteers are trained to assist in filing the 1040 tax form and Schedules A, B, C-EZ, D, and EIC. Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seek paid tax assistance. AARP Tax-Aide, a program of AARP Foundation, has been providing a valuable service to taxpayers in communities across the country for over 42 years.

Finding or referring people, to a nearby AARP Tax-Aide site is easy and quick to do. You can either refer people directly to the web site or to a toll free number. Assistance can be located by:

1) Calling 888-227-7669. The toll free site locator number is very easy to use. A caller is asked to enter their zip code either by voice or manually entering it with their phone. They are then given all of the information on the nearest site. They are also given an option for additional sites.

2) Go directly to the AARP web site which allows you to search for the caller by their zip code if they do not have internet access or don’t want to use the web site themselves. Simply go to

Author: Michael Swayze

A retired county welfare agency administrator, who combines social work and computer skills to share information on community resources via the Internet since 1995. Active in voter engagement activities in Philadelphia, PA.

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