Jack Bradford | Millbrook

I am participating in a program which served over 20,000 Alabamians last year.

Across from me is Mr. Tom DeLong, State Coordinator of the Alabama AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program.

He and over 300 trained volunteers are helping Alabamians with their State and Federal Taxes again this year. Statewide those 20,000 Alabamians were served by the program in senior centers, libraries, churches and other convenient locations in their communities. Now get this, the program is free.

That’s right, and you don’t pay and you don’t have to be retired to participate, nor do you have to be a member of AARP.

The program, while intended for the elderly is open to those who are of low or moderate income. There are no other restrictions.

The service, however, doesn’t handle overly complex returns.

To get started on your taxes, you can just call 1-888-277-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp.

You will be directed to your closest Tax Aide location and also be instructed what to bring to your session.

Some centers require an appointment, so there may be one more phone call for you to make.

Nationally, last year AARP Foundation’s 35,195 Tax Aide volunteers at 5,408 sites provided free tax help to 2.6 million people, making them the number two tax preparation service in the nation. By the way, those folks helped by the program received $ 1.39 billion in income tax refunds.

No longer should any Alabamian stress over April 15, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide Service is there to be of help.

I might also add, the program always needs additional volunteers to serve as tax aides for others. The training is free and the rewards for serving are real. If you would like to volunteer, just call Tom DeLong at 256-883-1476.