Need free tax preparation assistance?
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — With the IRS tax filing deadline just around the corner, some residents might be concerned about how they will afford to get their taxes prepared.
Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are teaming up again, with local Tax Aide volunteers to offer free tax preparation assistance for low- and middle-income individuals, with special attention for those aged 60 and over.
Georgia Smith, Hollis Johnson, Bary Dahlberg, and Karen Doughty are the local Tax Aide volunteers who will assist at the Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRCoT) and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center (NTFRC) in Kings Beach.
Smith, a retired FDIC bank examiner and bookkeeper, has volunteered through the AARP program for the past several years. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and works for large computer networking vendors. Dahlberg is a Truckee resident and has studied taxes extensively. Doughty, a 30-year Tahoe resident, volunteers to support the community.
Each year, the volunteers take an IRS sponsored class and exam to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest changes to the tax code.
When asked why they devote so much time to this program, the volunteers said they felt the need to serve their community and also gain a sense of satisfaction in addressing a local need.
“There is a real need in the community for tax education and assistance. It’s gratifying to help people in financial need get the tax refunds they are entitled to,” said Smith.
Johnson added, “It’s great to use my math skills to take that onerous numbers task called ‘taxes’ off people’s shoulders.”
The volunteers have partnered with the FRCoT because they feel the organization has its finger “on the pulse of the community” and already works with the clientele they aim to serve — those with low to middle incomes and senior citizens.
The volunteers believe residents associate the FRCoT and the NTFRC with quality services and feel comfortable getting their taxes prepared in an environment in which they already get valuable services.
These tax preparation services are available to locals of all income levels and all ages, as long as their taxes do not include complex or business returns.
Taxes are filed electronically, ensuring refunds are received quickly.
The volunteers will file both federal and state returns — all who file get the maximum credits and deductions to which they are entitled.
Family advocates at the FRCoT are able to provide translation services as well as connect participants to other community resources. While these services are provided free of charge, donations to the FRCs are gladly accepted.
The volunteers are providing their services at the FRCoT, 11695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee by appointment only, on Feb. 7, 15 and 21; March 1, 7, 15, 21 and 29; April 4 and 12. Call 530-587-2513 to schedule your appointment in Truckee.
Services are being provided at NTFRC, 8321 Steelhead Ave, Kings Beach on Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27; March 6, 13, 20 and 27; and April 3 and 10. Call 530-546-0952 to schedule an appointment in Kings Beach.
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