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AARP Foundation provides free tax help and filing through April 15

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which offers free tax help, is available at more than 40 sites in Idaho.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which offers free tax help, is available at more than 40 sites in Idaho. AP

The dreaded April 15 is fast approaching.

Perhaps you’ve procrastinated filing your 2018 tax return because it’s not in your budget and you aren’t exactly stoked about having to pay in order to pay your taxes. Hey, I get it!

The AARP Foundation also feels your pain, which is why it offers a free tax assistance and preparation program through Monday, April 15, for those who can’t afford it — especially those 50 and older.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which started in 1968, is a volunteer-based program that has helped more than 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers.

The volunteers are trained and IRS-certified and work on site at neighborhood libraries, community centers, churches and other locations nationwide.

Last year in Idaho, the program helped 31,000 people file their federal and state tax returns.

The program, which does not require an AARP membership, is offered at more than 40 sites across Idaho.

To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring, go to aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 888-687-2277.

Michelle Jenkins compiles event calendars, archives and writes a Helping Works column for the Idaho Statesman. She attended Boise State University and grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho.


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