Free income tax return preparation and electronic filing, for both state and federal returns, will be available again this year for Mountain Area residents, offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program.
Services are provided free of all costs and charges, to low and moderate income taxpayers, and the service is offered to persons of all ages.
“You don’t have to be a senior citizen, or a member of AARP,” said Brian Ross, client facilitator. “Last year, Tax-Aide prepared first tax returns for several 17 and 18 year-old students who had their first jobs.”
Tax returns are prepared by specially trained and certified volunteers. The returns are prepared on site, and electronically filed the same day.
Last year, Tax-Aide volunteers prepared and filed about 550 tax returns for Madera County residents.
Call for appointment
Services are offered at the Oakhurst Library’s Community Room, and are available Tuesdays between Feb. 2 and April 12. Two Saturdays are also available, Feb. 27 and March 26, to make the services more accessible for families and working adults.
Appointments are required and can be made by calling Brian Ross, ( 559) 285-1494.
Persons seeking appointments are urged to call early, as the total number of appointment slots has been reduced this year due to reductions in the number of volunteers.
Tax-Aide services are also offered on Fridays in the City of Madera, at the Annex to the First Southern Baptist Church, 711 Nebraska Avenue. There will be one day of services in Chowchilla as well. Appointments may be made for these sites by calling Sarah Titus, ( 559) 675-7039.
The Oakhurst program has been headed by Jerry Ephraim for 26 years. Ephraim is presently serving as regional coordinator for California Tax-Aide District 3, a large area which extends from Modesto in the north to Bakersfield in the south, and from San Jose and Monterey in the west to Sonora and Barstow in the east.
Although the day-to-day duties in Oakhurst and Madera are overseen by Darlene Kelly, Ephraim will still be present on most return preparation days in Oakhurst to lend a hand and to greet his longtime clients and friends.
About AARP Tax-Aide
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those aged 60 and older.
More than 33,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), now help more than two million taxpayers file their federal and state tax returns each year at nearly 7,000 AARP Tax-Aide sites nationwide.