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AARP Tax-Aide begins Feb. 12

Sisters Nancy Lyday, left, and Suzanne Harvey are two of the 12 experienced, specially trained and certified AARP tax volunteers, who are offering their services for free at the Oakhurst Library through April 17.
Sisters Nancy Lyday, left, and Suzanne Harvey are two of the 12 experienced, specially trained and certified AARP tax volunteers, who are offering their services for free at the Oakhurst Library through April 17. Sierra Star

Mountain area residents in need of help filing their income taxes can count on the AARP Tax-Aide program for assistance.

The service will be offered free of charge at the community room of the Oakhurst Library, 49044 Civic Cir., every Tuesday between Feb. 12 and April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a news release.

Tax returns are prepared and electronically filed on site with the help of trained volunteers.

Additional sessions are set for Fridays, Feb 15, March 15 and April 5; and one on Saturday, March 9.

The Friday and Saturday sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and will also take place in the Oakhurst Library’s community room.

Appointments are required and walk-ins will not receive help. Residents must call Brian Ross at 559-285-1494 to make their appointment.

Darlene Kelly, Madera County coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide, urged anyone interested in their service to make their appointment as soon as possible. Many people were turned away last year due to an overwhelming demand for the service in the mountain community.

The city of Madera will also be hosting AARP Tax-Aide sessions every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Annex of First Southern Baptist Church, 711 Nebraska Avenue.

Appointments for that site can be made by calling Sarah Titus at 559-706-1868.

Last year, more than 600 Madera County residents filed their tax returns with the help of the program’s specially trained and certified volunteers.

“Tax help is offered to persons of all ages - you don’t have to be a senior citizen, or a member of AARP. Indeed, Tax Aide has prepared first tax returns for several 17 and 18 year old students who had their first jobs,” read the news release.

And while the program is known for the help it offers, it is always accepting help in the form of new volunteers.

Anyone well-versed in filing taxes or helping others file taxes is encouraged to inquire about volunteer opportunities by calling Darlene Kelly at 559-760-0404.

The program currently has 20 volunteers assigned to Madera County.

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