AARP offers free tax preparation in BF, Chester area

Beginning Feb. 4 and continuing to April 15, AARP Foundation is providing free individualized tax assistance and preparation for all low to moderate taxpayers especially those 50 and older. This is done through its Tax-Aide program.

According to a news release, Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand any new changes to the U.S. Tax Code.

Vermont District 10, which covers northern Windham and southern Windsor counties, has host sites in Bellows Falls, Chester, Londonderry, and Springfield. The following is a list of host locations and contact numbers to call for making a required appointment for each site:

• BELLOWS FALLS - Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St., Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 9 a.m. Call Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 802-463-3907.

• CHESTER - American Legion Post 67, 637 Rte. 103, Mondays starting at 10 a.m. Call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 802-463-1985.

• LONDONDERRY - Neighborhood Connections, 5700 Rte. 100, Tuesdays starting at noon. Call Monday through Friday during normal hours at 802-824-4343.

• SPRINGFIELD SENIOR CENTER - 139 Main St., Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 9 a.m. Call Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 802-885-3933.

• SPRINGFIELD LIBRARY - 43 Main St., Mondays and Thursdays starting at 9:45 a.m. Call Monday through Friday during regular hours at 802-885-3108.

When calling for an appointment, a volunteer will work with you and provide guidance on what materials to bring with you. They will also do their best to determine if your tax return is within the scope of the AARP Foundations Tax-Aide program. Taxpayers of all ages are welcome.

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