This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, providing free tax assistance to Texans of any age and giving special attention those 60 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service.
"Every year, thousands of Texans help their neighbors navigate filing their income taxes, which is admittedly one of the most complicated processes we have to go through each year as Americans," said Ron Craig, the volunteer leader who coordinates AARP Foundation Tax-Aide throughout the state. "We're excited to offer this service yet again in 2014 for free; it's about neighbors helping neighbors. So if you have questions, come on down."
In 2013, more than 2,100 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 161,000 Texans file their federal, state and local tax returns. Nationwide, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide's 35,000 volunteers at nearly 6,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds — including $105 million to Texan taxpayers — and more than $244 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.
The program is offered at approximately 300 sites in Texas including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
AARP Foundation Tax Aide will be at the County-City Library on 206 Elm Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, and Monday, March 10. They will offer free tax help to low and moderate income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older.
They will also be at the Mitchell County Library, located at 340 Oak Street in Colorado City, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. AARP Foundation Tax Aide will also be available all tax season at the Abilene Main Library at 202 Cedar on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Mockingbird Library at 1214 N. Mockingbird on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Those receiving assistance are asked to bring the following items:
• Copy of last year's income tax returns
• W-2 forms from each employer
• Unemployment compensation statements
• SSA-1099 form if you were paid Social Security benefits
• All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest and/or dividends and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets
• 1099-MISC showing any miscellaneous income
• 1099-R form if you received a pension or annuity
• All forms indicating federal income tax paid
• Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, Social Security number)
• All receipts or cancelled checks if itemizing deductions
• Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org .