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Tax-Aide program gearing up; classes to begin for volunteers

January 4, 2012

While officials at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service scramble to prepare for the 2011 tax season, one local team of volunteers is well on its way to helping residents file their 2011 tax returns.

Part of the annual AARP Tax-Aide program, program volunteer and co-coordinator Gloria Hopkins said she and the band of volunteers will begin training for the tax season in time to begin preparing tax returns Jan. 30.

“Things are moving along nicely for us,” Hopkins said. “Some of our volunteers from last year are back again this year, which really makes things easier. Also, Ray Alexander is taking over as head coordinator for the program, which has freed me up to work on other aspects of the effort. I'll be helping Ray get settled in and I'm sure he's going to do a fantastic job. “

The AARP program provides free federal tax preparation assistance to people who cannot afford professional tax help, such as seniors, people with disabilities, those who don’t speak English and people with low-to-moderate income,” she added. “AARP volunteers explain many special tax credits and deductions and how people may claim them on their tax returns. These volunteers help people complete their returns, right down to any refunds that may be due them.”

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