Tax-Aide going well, officials say

Officials with the annual AARP Tax-Aide program say tax preparations and filings have gone smoothly so far, and with the April tax deadline looming on the horizon, expect things to only get busier in the weeks to come.According to program coordinator Ray Alexander, he and his team of volunteers have been serving between 30 and 40 tax filers each.“It’s been pretty steady. We’re very pleased with the way the tax year is going,” Alexander said. “We’ve been filing up to 40 returns each week. Last week was a little slower because we were working on Tuesday instead of Monday because of the holiday, but it was still a very productive day.“The AARP program provides free federal tax preparation assistance to people who cannot afford professional tax help, such as seniors, people with disabilities, those that don’t speak English and people with low-to-moderate income,” Alexander 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.”Alexander said the process is easy; filers just need to be sure to bring a few vital pieces or information with them.“People need to be sure to bring all of the pertinent information, including W-2 forms and 1099 forms,” Alexander said. “They also need to bring any forms that show their 2011 earnings and their 2010 tax returns. We also need a social security card for every person named on the return and a photo ID for the person filing.”Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17 to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due.The program will continue each Monday through April 16 at the Senior Center — located at 1901 Simler Dr. in the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark — from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information, contact Alexander at 263-4992.Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at