On Your Side: Tax Time Help

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News 12 at 6, March 11, 2008

NORTH AUGUSTA--It's a question many of you think long and hard about this time every year. Do I try to do my taxes myself or do I take the easy, and expensive, way out and pay someone to do it?

12 On Your Side found at least one organization that can help many of you file your taxes all for free.

AARP is lending a helping hand to many tax-filers again this year. And you can be under 60 to take advantage of it.

Joe Wiggins is playing the role of hero to many people in Aiken County these days.

"Very appreciative of what we do. We enjoy doing it." he said.

Joe takes care of something that most of us would rather hand-off: your tax return. He's one of several volunteers for AARP helping file taxes for free.

One of the people Joe is helping is Carole West.

"I think its wonderful." she said.

For Carole, it's a service that fits her budget to a "t."

"I was paying $200 to have it done and since I'm retired and on a fixed income, I don't need to spend that money." she said.

With AARP, you might think you'd have to be older than 60. Not with the tax filing. As long as you are low or middle income, you are eligible.

Here's the list of places where you can go.

1) The Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta.
2) The Aiken County Library.
3) Columbia County Library in Evans.
4) Doctors Hospital
5) Friedman Branch Library in Augusta
6) Euchee Creek Library in Grovetown.

Times and dates vary so call 1-888-AARP-NOW to find out how to make an appointment.

Or click here: https://locator.Aarp.Org/vmis/sites/tax_aide_locator.jsp for more information

It's a service that AARP has provided for 40 years. And people like Joe are trying to help keep it around for 40 more.

"We make sure we get it right." Joe said.

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