MT. VERNON — The AARP Tax-Aide Program kicks off Feb. 3, and seniors and younger taxpayers alike are encouraged to take advantage of the free service.
Each year, the volunteer program provides income tax preparation assistance to taxpayers across the country.
There are four Tax-Aide locations serving this area — in Mt. Vernon, Centralia, Salem and Fairfield. Once it starts in February, the program is available until the last regular tax filing day April 15.
The goal of the service is to file accurate tax returns for citizens while saving them the cost of using a professional tax preparer, said Tom Charlton, the Centralia and Salem local coordinator for the program.
“It saves the taxpayers money,” Charlton said. “It files accurate returns that are accepted quickly by the IRS.”
The program serves taxpayers with low to moderate incomes, with a special emphasis on those 60 years of age or older. Even so, younger taxpayers are
also welcome to use the service.
“It’s not just for (older) people. It’s not just for AARP members,” Charlton said. “In fact, we would like to see more young people use the service.”
The Mt. Vernon Tax-Aide site is located at the Central Christian Church ministry building at the corner of North and 12th streets. It will be open starting Feb. 3 on a walk-in basis, Monday through Wednesday.
The Centralia, Salem and Fairfield sites can be used by appointment only.
The Centralia site is at the First United Presbyterian Church, 102 S. Hickory, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, call 532-9124.
The Salem site is at the First Christian Church, 1200 W. Boone, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays. For appointments, call 548-1922.
Fairfield’s site is at the Kon-Tiki Senior Center, 211 SE Second St., and is open on Wednesdays. For appointments, call 842-2261.