(Sussex County, Delaware) AARP Tax-Aide Program is a partnership between the AARP Foundation and the IRS offering free tax preparation to anyone of any age especially those over 50 who “can’t afford paid tax preparation.” Returns are prepared by volunteers who are certified by the IRS. Returns are done by appointment only at sites throughout Sussex County: secure.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action.
The goal of the program is to help as many taxpayers as possible. Most returns can be prepared and reviewed for accuracy by a second volunteer in about an hour. Completed federal & stat returns are then electronically filed. Taxpayers are provided with a copy of their federal and state returns. Joint returns require the signature of BOTH spouses to be efiled.
Some returns are outside of the scope and training of the Tax-Aide program and cannot be prepared. Returns involving many sources of income, extensive itemizing of deductions, multiple states can be time consuming and will exceed the time set aside for each appointment. Taxpayers may need to schedule additional appointments to complete their return.
Taxpayers are required to complete IRS Form 13614-C Intake/Interview before their return can be looked at. Taxpayers are encouraged to have the form completed in advance of their appointment. Forms can be obtained at irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13614c.pdf or at Tax-Aide locations.
In order to have returns prepared, taxpayers need to bring the proper documents to their appointment. This included a picture id, social security card, all income related documents and previous year’s return. A complete list of required documents can be viewed at irs.gov/individuals/checklist-for-free-tax-return-preparation or aarp.org/money/taxes/info-01-2011/important-tax-documents.html
Tax Locations In Your Area
Lewes Senior Activity Center (302) 645-9293
Mondays 2/3-4/13; 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cape Henlopen Senior Center (302) 227-2055
Tuesdays 2/4-4/14; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Milton CHEER Center (302) 684-4819
Fridays 2/7-4/10; 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lewes Public Library
Saturdays 2/8-4/11; 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.