Free Tax Filing Assistance

By: Gretchen Fudge Email
By: Gretchen Fudge Email

AARP, again this year, are preparing tax returns at no cost to Brazos Valley residents. The service is free to anyone needing assistance.

In its 15th year, the service is particularly helpful because of the economic stimulus package. Volunteers say compared to last year's 800 tax returns they helped file, they have already seen close to 1,000, and tax season is still underway.

Bobby Lee, a veteran AARP voulnteer says ,"Anyone can come in to have their taxes done. We'll do anything except business or farm income."

And the service is particularly helpful this year because of the economic stimulus package. "The packages are simple," says Lee. "And, they're simple to do. We'd like to anyone to come in that needs to get it filed."

He also reminds residents that if they did not file an income tax last year, they do not qualify to for the economic stimulus plan.

Residents say they are grateful for the volunteers' help. Barbara Basey, a Bryan resident says, "They are very helpful, especially, to people that don't have the funds to pay for it."

The volunteers are working out of the Bryan Public Library Monday through Saturday. They remind residents to bring a photo i.d. and social security card.

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