HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning today through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service
Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. Since 1968, Tax-Aide has helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers.
"For nearly 50 years, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has provided free tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers," said AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh. "Our IRS-certified volunteers can take the hassle and expense out of tax season for those who need help, including many older Pennsylvanians on fixed incomes."
In 2016, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped 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).
In Pennsylvania last year, 1,400 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 118,000 state residents file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at 312 sites statewide, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
For more information on documents to bring to the tax site or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.
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SOURCE AARP Pennsylvania