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Free tax help available for area residents

Amarillo, TX - Those struggling to do their tax returns are being offered free help.

Services are being provided to area residents of many different financial situations.

This year the AARP says the number of people coming in has dropped compared to years past.

IRS gives them grant money to offer free help but not enough people are taking advantage of their services.

Now they are pushing to help as many people as they can.

Gene and Delorise Shrauner say filling out their tax return was a struggle, so they came to an area AARP location to get some answers.

"They're very knowledgeable and it takes a lot of stress and worry off of us because they know what to fill out and obviously if you don't get it filled out right then you have to go into a situation with the IRS and things like that. So I'm very happy to come here and get their help, it takes a lot of pressure off of us," says Gene and Delorise Shrauner, area taxpayers.

AARP volunteers are offering services to low and moderate income residents and senior citizens.

Once you arrive, all you have to do is fill out a  questionnaire that way it can help the volunteer pinpoint the areas you need help with.

Once you're done, the whole process takes about thirty minutes.

"If they feel uncomfortable with what they've done on their own, we'll check it. We do taxes, complete the forms, give people a copy of it and we like to use e-file," says Dan Page, AARP volunteer.

So far this year, not as many people have stopped by.

"We were a lot busier last year early on,"says Dan Page, AARP volunteer.

Taxpayers must bring their W-2, 1099-R form, social security card and a photo ID.

They also help people with back-taxes.

"Well if they don't file it, they do get interest charged for back-taxes if they owe," says Alice Barber, AARP volunteer.

If you need help filing your tax return, the earlier the better.

"We'll do our best to serve everybody but we would appreciate them coming earlier because there is a rush toward the end of the year," says Dan Page, AARP volunteer.

Locations & Times:

North Branch Library
Monday, Tuesday
Saturday's in February 
12p.m. to 4p.m.

Amarillo Senior Citizens Center
9a.m. to 1:30p.m.

Southwest Branch Library
12p.m. to 4:00p.m.