The AARP Tax Aid Program is providing free services again to filers beginning Feb. 4 at the Red Door Senior Citizens Center on Burnett Road.
The service is available to anyone regardless of age or income.
Bob Fonck is the tax aid site coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons Foundation.
Fonck spent about 35 years as an IRS agent, now that he is retired he is using his time to help folks with their taxes.
“We were able to keep up with the tax laws through continuing professional education and onsite training and just being exposed with the new laws,” Fonck said.
Fonck said every year slight changes are made to the tax laws and therefore training is necessary to keep up-to-date, this includes training volunteers who are in the tax aid program.
“As you can see a number of volunteers here that are working Monday through Thursday starting February the 4th from 8:30 AM to 11:30 a.m. and if it goes over 11:30 we will stay around and get those completed,” Fonck said.
Since the IRS announced there will be no delays resulting from the government shutdown, Texomans are being encouraged to take advantage of the free service being offered by the AARP Tax-Aid Program.
“They are sent to the government right away, usually if they are going to get a refund it takes a week to 10 days,” District & Technology Coordinator Cheryl Neale said.
“Some people come in and they really not required to file and just giving them the peace of mind that they don’t really have to file or we’re getting it electronically filed for them and meeting their obligations,” Fonck said.
In 2018 the AARP helped to file about 600 tax returns locally and the goal this year is just to help as many people as possible.
Appointments are not required for the help, just go to the Red Door from between 8:30 and 11:30 AM Feb. 4 through April 11.
Also helping Texomans this tax season is the United Way Vita.
To schedule an appointment, call 211 or 877-541-7905, then, select option 1 on the menu to arrange an appointment.