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Tax Time: Help Available for Tennesseans

The AARP Tax Aide Foundation is offering free tax help at 62 sites across Tennessee starting today. (eFile989/Flickr)
The AARP Tax Aide Foundation is offering free tax help at 62 sites across Tennessee starting today. (eFile989/Flickr)
February 1, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Starting today, free help is available for Tennesseans to file their federal and state tax returns.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program has sites across the state staffed with IRS certified tax preparers to provide assistance with tax returns.

The service is available to everyone, but preference is given to people ages 50 and older, as well as those with low to moderate incomes.

Patricia Bryant, state coordinator of the AARP Tennessee Tax-Aide program, says the relief is visible on people's faces as they leave with a completed return.

"Most people are afraid of doing a tax return, and the fact that we've got the knowledge to help them and we do quality returns really relieves most people," she relates.

Bryant says the Tax-Aide program offers help for people filing common income statements, pensions and broker statements, but does not handle returns that include investment properties and other more complicated returns.

There are 62 Tax-Aide sites in Tennessee, and a complete list can be accessed at

Bryant says it's important to bring last year's returns, Social Security cards or other official documentation for all dependents, a photo ID and checkbook if you want any refunds to be deposited into your account.

In addition, she says you need to bring tax documents that have likely been filling your mailbox in recent weeks.

"People that come to us have to have all of their tax documents,” she points out. “You need to bring all of that information to us.

“All of your income has to be reported, so if you're not getting a tax document you still have to keep track of those other income items that you get."

If you obtained health care through the Marketplace Exchange, you also need to bring IRS forms related to that purchase.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - TN