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Tax-Time Stress Reliever: Free Help in WYO

PHOTO: Gather up the paperwork. There's free help starting this weekend for filing taxes. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is available at several locations in Wyoming, and will assist anyone with a low to moderate income. Photo credit: Microsoft Images
PHOTO: Gather up the paperwork. There's free help starting this weekend for filing taxes. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is available at several locations in Wyoming, and will assist anyone with a low to moderate income. Photo credit: Microsoft Images
January 30, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - It's time to gather up the paperwork. There's free help starting this weekend for filing taxes. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is available at several locations in Wyoming, and will assist anyone with a low to moderate income.

Tim Lockwood is the associate state director of AARP Wyoming. He says about 70 volunteers will be standing by at 18 sites to help untangle the confusing details of tax code, "which is kind of unfortunate, but that's why AARP wants to try and help people who can't afford to get that professional help understand what they need to do to fill out their tax forms."

Tax-Aide volunteers in Wyoming helped more than 3,700 people file their federal returns last year. Nationally, volunteers assisted more than 2.5 million people.

Lockwood says all ages are welcome, and the tax preparers have special training to ensure Wyomingites claim all the tax credits and deductions they're entitled to - including the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families.

"It helps people to get it done timely, so they don't have penalties, and to get it done accurately," he said. "So if they are getting a refund, hey, they get as much as they can - which, you know, we all want to see happen."

Lockwood advises making an appointment, but drop-ins will not be turned away. The phone number to schedule an appointment is 1-888-227-7669. The Tax-Aide site list is available at www.aarp.org.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY