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AARP offers free tax assistance, preparation

AARP is providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

"In the current economy, people need access to a wide variety of resources," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois state director. "The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program exists to help individuals that might not otherwise have access to tax preparation services."

In 2012, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide's 36,000 volunteers at nearly 6,000 sites across the nation provided more than 2.5 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $233 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.

Last year, 1,162 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 80,000 Illinoisans file their federal, state and local tax returns.

The program is offered at approximately 230 sites in Illinois including senior centers, libraries and village halls.

In 2012, Illinois taxpayers who used Tax-Aide received nearly $40 million in income tax refunds and $4.5 million in EITCs.

Local sites include:

• Algonquin Township, 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Tax assistance offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 847-639-2700.

• Lake in the Hills Village Hall, 600 Harvest Drive, Lake in the HIlls. Tax assistance offered from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Fridays. Phone 847-960-7460.

• First Midwest Bank, 3510 W. Elm St., McHenry. Tax assistance offered 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Phone 815-451-1578.

For more information or to locate more AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or call 888-227-7669.

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