AARP's tax aid program offers free filing help

Tax law can be confusing, but AARP Tax-Aide volunteers can make the process of filling out tax returns easier.

Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation through April 16. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

Volunteers go through a rigorous training program offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, and have the knowledge to prepare returns, taking advantage of all the many provisions of the tax code.

Last year, more than 1,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service helped more than 56,000 Washington residents file their personal income tax returns. The program is offered at more than 200 senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations in Washington .

To speed refunds, returns are filed electronically- refunds can be received in as little as 10 days.

To receive help with your tax return, an appointment can be made locally at Mt Si Senior Center, 411 Main Avenue S, North Bend; Tel 425-888-3434 . This TaxAide site is open on Wednesdays from 10:30 AM- 3:30 PM from February 2- April 13.

When you visit a Tax-Aide site, please bring a copy of last year’s return, all W-2 and 1099 forms including SSA-1099 for Social Security benefits paid, property tax records if applicable, all receipts and canceled checks if itemizing, Social Security cards for yourself and dependents, and if applicable, dependent care provider information including name, employer, and social security number.

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