2012-02-02 / About Town

AARP will offer free income tax preparation

The American Association of Retired Persons Foundation has recently begun its tax aide program, which provides free income tax preparation at sites around Newport County. The AARP Foundation will be available to help with tax returns on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

It is not necessary to be an ARRP member to take advantage of the program. It is available to people of all ages with low and moderate incomes. In 2011, the program completed more than 1,000 returns for Newport County clients.

The AARP program is the nation’s largest free tax preparation service. All tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS each year. Each return is quality checked before transmittal. Counselors are qualified to handle most common forms and schedules. Complex returns should be taken to paid preparers. State returns for Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as other states, are completed along with federal returns. All returns are computer prepared and are electronically filed for fast refunds.

The program is also looking for additional volunteers for its expanding client base. The AARP will train anyone interested in volunteering.

For more information or to volunteer, email robert.lobecker@ve rizon.net.

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