AARP helping low and moderate income families file taxes

AARP helping low and moderate income East Tenn. families file taxes

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The AARP is helping prepare tax returns for low and moderate income families. The AARP is helping prepare tax returns for low and moderate income families.
"Income tax ought to be simple. Everybody ought to be able to do their own return, but it's just too complicated," said Tom Hendrix, AARP District Coordinator. "Income tax ought to be simple. Everybody ought to be able to do their own return, but it's just too complicated," said Tom Hendrix, AARP District Coordinator.
"We're previously from West Virginia and we've never heard of a service like this. We've been down here about five years and it's just been real good for us," said Norma Crum. "We're previously from West Virginia and we've never heard of a service like this. We've been down here about five years and it's just been real good for us," said Norma Crum.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

MAYRVILLE (WATE) - It is that time of year again. The tax deadline is looming.

Filing taxes is something we all have to do, but it can cost a lot of money and preparing your own taxes can be confusing.

The AARP is lifting that burden and helping prepare tax returns for low and moderate income families.

"Income tax ought to be simple. Everybody ought to be able to do their own return, but it's just too complicated," said Tom Hendrix, AARP District Coordinator.

It can also be costly. The National Society of Accountants estimates last year's tax preparation cost an average of $261 per return.

For many low income families, that's a couple hundred dollars they can't spare.

"They're scared to do it themselves, so we just help them and save them a little bit of money," said Hendrix.

The AARP can help. For more than three decades they have been helping low and moderate income families in East Tennessee file taxes, free of charge.

"We're previously from West Virginia and we've never heard of a service like this. We've been down here about five years and it's just been real good for us," said Norma Crum.

Norma and David Crum have been getting their taxes prepared by AARP in Blount County for three years.

"The people are very, very friendly, and they just know what they're doing," she said.

There are some limits though. Simple tax returns are all they do.

"We can't do depreciation. We can't do farms. We can't do companies if they have expenditures over $10,000," Hendrix said.

If you are eligible, just make an appointment and bring in your tax information. They'll do the rest.

The AARP also has locations in Knoxville, Maryville, Sevierville and Madisonville. They are accepting appointments through April 15.

Qualifying for the service is done on a case by case basis. You are asked to bring this year's tax forms and last year's return.

More information on locations and qualifications can be found on the AARP's website.

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