Utahns can file taxes for free through AARP program

SALT LAKE CITY – Preparing and filing taxes with the help of an accountant can cost $100 or more, but there is a no-cost alternative for many Utahns.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program again is offering free tax assistance and preparation at about 30 locations around the state. Laura Polacheck, communications director at AARP Utah, said the sites are staffed with highly trained volunteers who have the expertise to save taxpayers money.

“A lot of the people have accounting experience or have worked in finance, and those are the people most drawn to be volunteers in this program,” she said. “People who like numbers are very familiar with numbers and have done it in their career as a professional.”

Polacheck said IRS-certified Tax-Aide volunteers prepared more than 7,000 tax returns in Utah last year. The program is open to people of all ages, she added, and you don’t have to be an AARP member to qualify for Tax-Aide.

“This program is actually for everyone,” she said. “It’s confidential and available to middle- and low-income taxpayers of all ages, and we really want to encourage people to take advantage of this.”

In its 45th year, Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax-assistance and preparation service. To find a location, visit <a href=”http://www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp” target=”parent”>aarp.org/findtaxhelp</a>.

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