Every year, we help millions of taxpayers—especially those 60 and older—get the credits and deductions they deserve.
Started in 1968 by four volunteers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is now the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation program.
In 2013, over 35,000 volunteers worked at nearly 6,000 Tax-Aide community-based sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We helped over 2 million people navigate complicated tax codes, receive proper credits and deductions, and file their federal, state and local tax returns.
In high demand
This help is more critical than ever as the U.S. tax code has become increasingly complicated. Older people who use AARP Foundation Tax-Aide face particularly difficult tax situations:
1. Many older taxpayers are unaware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or believe they don’t qualify for it. One of the most important forms of income support for low-income workers, the EITC reduces tax liability and can generate a refund.
2. Retirees accustomed to the short 1040EZ often face new provisions and complex forms to determine the taxable portion of their retirement income, different standard deduction amounts, permissible health care deductions and, if they sell their house, treatment of capital gains.
3. If the spouse who has always handled taxes dies or becomes incapacitated, the other spouse may be unsure how to proceed.
Ready and able
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code. With their help, taxpayers received $1.3 billion in refunds and more than $232 million EITCs.
By using AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, these taxpayers also avoid preparation fees and pitches for high-interest refund loans.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.
About AARP Foundation
Americans 50 and older face choices and pressures unlike those of any other age group. AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of AARP, is working with people to help them regain their confidence as good providers and members of their communities. We focus on four priorities where immediate action and legal advocacy will have the greatest impact: hunger, income, housing and isolation.