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AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counseling

March 13, 2008 - AARP Tax-Aide volunteers making a difference in Blairsville

AARP trained and certified Tax-Aide volunteers are making a difference in Blairsville. With April 15 quickly approaching, local AARP volunteers are busy helping individuals, young families, and retirees to get their taxes done.

The AARP Tax-Aide program has set up a temporary office at Cadence Bank in Blairsville, Georgia, where volunteers are organized and courteous. Working at numerous computer workstations, the atmosphere is relaxed and causal (especially considering the normal stress of tax time). People wait patiently and many carry on friendly conversations.

Howard Wells, Advanced AARP Tax-Aid for six years says, "People do not have to be an AARP member or be any certain age to participate - we help young people, too. Even if someone doesn't have to file taxes this year, they may be eligible for the earned income credit. It doesn't hurt to find out." He adds, "I want to say thank-you to Cadence Bank for allowing us to use this great facility. They have been very helpful."

Funding, hardware, and software for this free service is made possible by the AARP Foundation. The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counseling, as well as assistance on the telephone and internet to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and other standard schedules.

In these days of budding recession, every penny (I mean dollar) counts. The people of Union and Towns counties are grateful for all that the AARP volunteers do to make tax time easier. Many thanks go to all of the kind and caring individuals that make up the AARP Tax-Aide team.