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AARP Tax-Aide Program for 2010 Tax Season

  • Published: 2010-02-02 (Revised/Updated 2010-11-18) : Author: AARP
  • Synopsis: AARP Foundation program helps low and middle income taxpayers file tax returns at no cost.

AARP Foundation program helps low and middle income taxpayers file tax returns at no cost.

Today, AARP announced the launch of its annual Tax-Aide program - a volunteer-run AARP Foundation program that assists low- and moderate-income taxpayers in preparing and filing their tax return free of charge, with a special emphasis on assisting individuals 60 years of age and older.

"In the current economy, people need access to a wide variety of resources," said Toni Girten, Illinois Tax-Aide Coordinator for Northern Illinois. "The Tax-Aide program exists to help individuals that might not otherwise have access to tax preparation services."

The Tax-Aide program began in 1968 with four volunteers. Since that time, it has grown to a program that involves 34,600 AARP volunteers who help 2.6 million individuals file their federal, state, and local taxes each year. In 2009, the Illinois Tax-Aide program helped over 79,000 taxpayers, preparing over 53,000 federal returns. There were approximately 270 Tax-Aide sites in Illinois in 2009 and the program is supported by over 1,000 volunteers in the state.

"Volunteers are the heart of the Tax-Aide program," added Girten. "These trained volunteers make an immeasurable impact on the individuals and communities they serve."

Tax-Aide volunteers receive training from the Internal Revenue Service and are trained in filing the 1040 Form and the more standard schedules, including Schedules A and B. In addition, E-Filing is offered at most Tax-Aide sites without charge to the taxpayer. Most Tax-Aide sites begin operating in late-January to early-February and are operational until April 15th. The Tax-Aide program also has an online assistance tool where individuals can pose questions to Tax-Aide volunteers year-round.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Tax-Aide program or to find a Tax-Aide site near you, visit or call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669).

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