AARP seeks help for Tax-Aide

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which provides free tax preparation at the Marietta Knights of Columbus hall, Barlow Branch Library and Beverly Public Library, filed 1,090 federal tax returns at those locations this year.

Tax-Aide State Coordinator Howard White, who heads the all-volunteer operation in Ohio, said, “More people wanted help than we could serve.” Next year is shaping up to be even more demanding.

Across Ohio each year more than 1,500 volunteers prepare tax returns at nearly 300 locations from early February through mid-April.

White stressed more volunteers than ever are needed for next year when the new tax law takes effect.

“Many senior citizens are concerned about the new tax law,” he said.

“We expect more people than ever to seek our help in 2019. People are afraid of making mistakes. Our IRS-certified Tax-Aide volunteers fill out tax returns properly and provide reassurance to anxious taxpayers.”

Anyone who does his own taxes on a commercially available program, such as TurboTax, is an ideal candidate for the volunteer opportunity.

Volunteers receive IRS-approved training, use IRS-provided tax software and are mentored throughout the tax season.

For more information about volunteers, contact Tax Aide Prospective Volunteer Specialist William Evans (614-885-0938 or wlevans88@gmail.com) or go to the Ohio Tax-Aide website, www.ohiotaxaide.org.

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