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State of Texas
AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
News Release
Thursday, February 01, 2018

50 million served, 50 million more to go

Beginning today and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation around the country--including at more than 200 sites across Texas--through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. Last year in Texas alone, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 162,000 Texans file their tax returns. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required.

"Federal income taxes continue to be one of the most befuddling processes Americans have to go through," said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas director. "That's why more than 2,000 Texans each year become trained Tax-Aide volunteers to help members of their own communities through the process. It's downright neighborly."

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. In 2017, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions, and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. They also avoided any tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.

To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.





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