Need help with your taxes? If you’re 50 and over, the advocacy group AARP wants to help.
About 3,000 AARP volunteers are fanning around Florida to open more than 300 Tax-Aide sites, including nine in the Bradenton-Sarasota area.
Though the assistance is aimed at the 50-plus crowd, volunteers won’t necessarily turn others away. And you don’t have to be an AARP member to get help either, though AARP suggests taxpayers with high incomes and exceptionally complicated returns may wish to explore other options for tax advice.
“AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation services to anyone, with emphasis for seniors. We’re here to serve you,” Fred Bates, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide state coordinator, said in a statement. “We understand common tax issues facing all Floridians.”
220,000In 2016, Florida Tax Aide volunteers helped more than 220,000 taxpayers.
The volunteers, many of whom have years of experience in the field, are certified annually by the IRS and are up to date on the latest changes in tax law.
In 2016, Florida Tax Aide volunteers helped more than 220,000 taxpayers. On the national level, volunteers assisted 2.7 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.41 billion in income tax refunds and more than $240 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).
AARP also offers a free, secure online tax service to help get your tax questions asked. The service provides an extensive list of frequently asked questions and answers, plus a feature that allows you to submit a question online. A Tax-Aide volunteer will respond to questions in three to five business days.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation services to anyone, with emphasis for seniors. We’re here to serve you.
Fred Bates, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide state coordinator
Because dates and times vary for each site, AARP recommends taxpayers check each site’s listing on the locator to find when they’re open.
Volunteers also suggest taxpayers check what documentation is needed to complete tax returns. For more information on documents, call 888-AARPNOW or visit aarp.org/findtaxhelp.
The service is open through April 18.