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Seniors: Get expert advice and avoid fees with Tax-Aide

Trained tax specialists provide free services at Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord

Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019

CONCORD, N.C. – Trained volunteer tax specialists are available to help area seniors prepare 2018 tax documents—absolutely free.

The AARP Tax-Aide Program is open Mondays and Wednesdays through April 15 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord (331 Corban Ave SE). Appointments are strongly encouraged, with drop-ins served as time permits.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 68 million taxpayers.

Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 nationwide volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at almost 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required.

"AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance to those who need it most,” said AARP Foundation Vice President of Tax-Aide Lynnette Lee-Villanueva. "For over 50 years, Tax-Aide has provided help to millions of low- and moderate-income taxpayers. This worthwhile program helps older adults by building economic opportunity and enables them to preserve as much of their income as possible.”

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. In 2018, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions, and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $212 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). They also avoided tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.

Bring the following to your appointment: a government-issued photo ID, Social Security cards for everyone on your return, any appropriate receipts, last year’s tax return and other pertinent information and documentation.

For more information or to make a free appointment with a tax specialist, call 704-920-3484.

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