AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax assistance to anyone, free of charge, with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 or have low to moderate income. Tax-Aide volunteers are located nationwide, and are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is AARP Foundation Tax-Aide available this year?
Yes, generally Tax-Aide service will run from February 1 to April 18.
Question: Can Tax-Aide help file my taxes?
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers can help with most, but not all, tax returns. If you have an extremely complicated return, such as one that involves a small business with employees, rental income, or alternative minimum tax (AMT), Tax-Aide may not be able to help. See what type of taxes we can prepare.
Question: What are my options?
You visit a Tax-Aide site, where your tax return is completed by a Tax-Aide volunteer on-site in one visit.
- ONE VISIT SCAN
Internet Access Required
You visit a Tax-Aide site, where a digital copy of your tax documents is created and stored in the IRS-provided software used to prepare your return. Tax-Aide volunteers then prepare the return remotely. You work with a volunteer online to conveniently finalize the return, file it and have the return sent to you using a secure transmission.
- TWO VISIT SCAN
You visit a Tax-Aide site, where a digital copy of your tax documents is created and stored in the IRS-provided software used to prepare your return. Tax-Aide volunteers then prepare the return remotely. During a second visit, you work with a volunteer to finalize your return and obtain a printed copy.
You visit a Tax-Aide site and leave your tax documents with an IRS-certified volunteer. Your return is prepared by Tax-Aide volunteers working remotely. During a second visit, you work with a volunteer to finalize your return and file it. You leave with a printed copy of the return and your original documents.
- NO SITE VISIT
Internet Access Required
You create digital copies of your tax documents and upload them to the IRS-provided software used to prepare your return. Tax-Aide volunteers prepare your return remotely. You work with a volunteer online to finalize the return, file it, and have the return sent to you using a secure transmission.
- COACHING MODEL
This is our Alternative Tax Preparation model where the taxpayer prepares their own return and can leverage support from an IRS-certified volunteer to help them along the way no matter where they are in the process.
- SELF PREPARATION
The taxpayer fully prepares their own return using a software product that has been made available through our website.
Local Tax-Aide sites will comply with local requirements and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Question: Is there an extension for filing taxes?
As of January 18, 2023, the tax season will end April 18, 2023. If the IRS extends the deadline, we will re-evaluate Tax-Aide program dates.
Additional Tax Resources
Questions about tax law?
If you have specific tax law questions, visit the Online Tax Assistance (OTA) webpage.
How to check refund status
If there are questions about the status of your filing, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at irs.gov/refunds.Visit IRS.gov/refunds