AARP begins tax-filing assistance at East Grand Forks library
Volunteers, trained and certified by the IRS, will give in-person and virtual tax preparation free of charge and by appointment only
GRAND FORKS — The AARP is providing in-person and virtual tax preparation help to anyone, free of charge, with a focus on taxpayers who are older than 50 and have low-to-moderate income.
The services are provided by appointment only. No walk-ins are allowed.
In this area, volunteers with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program began providing tax-filing services at the East Grand Forks Campbell Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 1. To schedule an appointment, call (701) 850-5174.
Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS every year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code, according to Marnie Piehl, associate state director for AARP North Dakota.
COVID protocols will be followed at each site. All AARP volunteers and taxpayers are required to wear masks for in-person appointments. Other protocols, such as sneeze guards, social distancing and sanitizing, also will be in place.
Taxpayers are asked to not come to the site if they feel ill or are experiencing any symptoms, such as fever, cough and others.
The Tax-Aide program offers several tax-preparation options, including:
- In-person – In Tax-Aide’s traditional in-person service, taxes are prepared and filed by IRS-certified tax counselors.
- Low-contact – Taxpayers interact with IRS-certified Tax-Aide volunteers in one or two short, in-person meetings to exchange documents.
- Contact-free – Taxpayers interact with Tax-Aide IRS-certified tax counselors online or by phone and exchange documents electronically.
- Self-preparation – Tax-Aide provides taxpayers with free access to software so they can prepare their own taxes. Taxpayers can also request help from a Tax-Aide IRS-certified counselor to coach them through the process through computer screen-sharing.
Other communities where the AARP Foundation is providing these services are Fargo, Wahpeton, Minot and Bismarck. Appointments are required at all sites.
For more information on the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program, go online to www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ .