Tax time doesn't have to be quite as taxing, thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who are donating their time and expertise to help low- to moderate-income Missourians file their income tax returns. Craig Eichelman of A-A-R-P Missouri says the Tax-Aide program, now in its 45th year, is the largest free tax assistance and preparation service in the nation.
|"I think this year, we're going to have about 140 sites around Missouri, and almost 700 volunteers that will help prepare federal, state, and local taxes. It's really, you know, open to anyone."|
Eichelman says the program is offered to Missourians of all ages, not just A-A-R-P members, because the goal is to make sure those who can't afford to hire a private accountant or service still get everything they're entitled to from their returns.
|"Last year we helped nearly 64,000 folks get about $21 million back on their federal and state incomes in Missouri, and these days every dollar helps. "|