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Free Tax Help Available for the Elderly

MPLP Spring 2007 Elder Law Section Newsletter Article

Issue 33, Spring 2007

Free Tax Help Available for the Elderly


The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program provides free tax help to people age 60 and older. Trained volunteers from non-profit organizations provide free tax counseling and basic income tax return preparation for senior citizens.

As part of the IRS-sponsored TCE Program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program at more than 7,400 sites nationwide during the filing season. Trained and certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors help people of low-to-middle income with special attention to those age 60 and older.

For more information on TCE call 1-800-829-1040. To locate the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call 1-888-227-7669 or go to https://locator.aarp.org/vmis/sites/tax_aide_locator.jsp.

Many AARP Tax-Aide sites are operated on an appointment basis. The site locator listed above provides information on the hours of operation and contact information for each site. Other important information includes:

  • Limited sites are staffed by bilingual volunteers; information regarding bilingual assistance is provided on the website Tax-Aide site locator.

  • Answers to tax questions are not available by phone. However, seniors can use the AARP Online Counseling form to ask federal tax questions.

  • In most situations, it is necessary to visit an AARP Tax-Aide site in person to have tax returns prepared by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. However, when needed, arrangements can be made to assist individuals who cannot visit a Tax-Aide site and to provide counseling at special sites, such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc. To request an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer to serve a special group of persons at a specific location, go to taxaide@aarp.org.

(from the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=107626,00.html and the AARP website: https://locator.aarp.org/vmis/sites/tax_aide_locator.jsp)

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