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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Will Provide Free Tax Assistance And Preparation Beginning In February 2014

Last Year, Nearly 79,000 Illinoisans Received over $41 Million in Tax Returns

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. 

"The Tax-Aide program exists to help individuals that might not otherwise have access to tax preparation services," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. "AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is run by trained volunteers, who make an immeasurable impact on the individuals and communities they serve." 

In 2013, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide's 35,000 volunteers at nearly 6,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $244 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

Last year, 1,128 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped nearly 79,000 Illinoisans file their federal and state tax returns, and receive over $41 million in tax returns.  The program is offered at approximately 200 sites in Illinois including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. 

For more information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. 

SOURCE AARP Illinois

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