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AARP provides free tax assistance celebrates 50 years

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program across the nation and in the First City.

The service is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ketchikan Public Library. It will be held at the same time on Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 at the library.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays the service will be held at the library, except on Feb. 17 and March 24. The last day will be April 14.

The service is also being offered in Metlakatla by appointment only at the Tongass Federal Credit Union.

Social Security cards are required for everyone listed on the return, and each adult taxpayer must have a photo ID, according to the press release.

According to a press release, the program is celebrating its 50th year, and is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers, including some in Ketchikan.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required, according to the statement.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code.

Last year, 111 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 8,400 Alaskan file their federal tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 24 sites in the state, including senior centers, libraries and other locations.