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February 12, 2013

Free tax help from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

GEORGETOWN — The countdown to tax day begins now. From now through April 16, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide — the nation’s largest, volunteer-run, free tax preparation program — is ready to help taxpayers with basic federal and state income tax returns.

Available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention given to those 60 and older, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides face-to-face assistance at nearly 250 sites across Massachusetts, including three sites nearby:

Georgetown Town Hall, 1 Library St.; open Mondays and Thursdays. To make an appointment at this site, call 978-352-5726.

Groveland Senior Center, 183 Main St.; open Thursdays. To make an appointment at this site, call 978-372-1101.

Newburyport Senior Center, 40 Water St.; open Mondays and Tuesdays. To make an appointment at this site, call 978-462-8650.

“Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 39,000 Massachusetts residents with tax returns and questions,” said Linda Fitzgerald, state president of AARP Massachusetts, which serves 800,000 members age 50 and older in the commonwealth. “Over and over, the exceptional quality of service provided by these dedicated volunteers earns the program high marks in customer satisfaction.”

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are well-versed in federal and state tax rules, and focused on helping taxpayers identify all the tax credits and deductions for which they may qualify, including:

Circuit Breaker tax credit that is available for Massachusetts property owners and renters who are age 65 and older and meet certain criteria;

Energy Efficiency Credits that may be available to qualifying Bay State residential property owners; and,

Schedule HC, proof of health insurance coverage, which is required of all Massachusetts residents.

What to Bring: If married, both spouses should be present during an income tax counseling session. Taxpayers must have available all information and documents that apply to their 2011 income taxes, including:

Proof of identity (picture or other documentation).

All income statements that apply to the taxpayers.

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