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NOTICE: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Sites Service Suspended Until Further Notice.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) developments change hour by hour, AARP Foundation is doing its part to flatten the curve of transmission. A top priority for us is ensuring we are protecting those most at risk, including our volunteers and taxpayers. Therefore, we are suspending AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services beginning March 16 until further notice. We will continue to assess whether we can open again in some or all sites for the remainder of the tax season and if the tax season is extended.
The Central, West and Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Libraries offer free Tax Preparation and filing by AARP Foundation Tax Aides through April 15th. See the sidebar for scheduled dates. Please call or visit one of these locations to make an appointment. AARP Tax Aides have helped thousands of taxpayers save money on their returns and get bigger refunds.
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