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News State / Region AARP offers free tax assistance, preparation

Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- and moderate income of all ages, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide from Feb. 4 through April 9, 2013. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer help with personal income tax returns at the Macon County Library in Franklin.

Last year in North Carolina, 1,061 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 71,623 people file their federal, state and local tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 111 sites in North Carolina including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. This year AARP Tax-Aide will be located at Macon County Library, 149 Siler Road, Franklin. Call the library for appointment time at (828)524-3600. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays & Tuesdays each week from Feb. 4 through April 9.

The AARP Foundation is AARP's affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for older persons in need. Low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to rejoin the workforce. Free tax assistance and preparation is provided for low and moderate income individuals, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Foundation's litigation staff protects the legal rights of older Americans in critical health, long-term care, consumer and employment situations. Additional programs provide information, education and services to ensure that people over 50 lead lives of independence, dignity and purpose. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS.

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