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Free Tax Help Available for Taxpayers at 34 sites Throughout Alaska

~ AARP Foundation program is free ~

ANCHORAGE, AK -- AARP Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program, began in 1968 with only four volunteers who served 100 people that tax season. Today the AARP Tax-Aide program has attracted more than 34,600 volunteers and has helped over 47 million people file their tax returns.

During the 2008 tax season in Alaska, more than 6,000 returns were prepared by Tax-Aide volunteers statewide, resulting in more than $4.2 million in refunds and over $800,000 saved in tax preparation fees. 

The Tax-Aide program is designed to prepare basic tax returns for most low and middle income taxpayers, with an emphasis on senior citizens and disabled taxpayers. Sites are staffed by volunteers trained by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare basic tax returns. Volunteers receive training on the Earned Income Credit and other personal tax credits. And the service is free.

Below are the dates and hours for the 34 sites throughout Alaska. Individuals may also find a nearby Tax Aide site by visiting www.aarp.org/taxaide.

ANCHORAGE AREA SITES

Anchorage Senior Center

1300 East 19th Avenue, Anchorage

Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm

Northeast Community Center

Muldoon Mall

1251 Muldoon Road, Anchorage

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm - 7 pm

Saturdays, 12 noon to 4 pm

Thai speaker available on Saturdays

First Free Methodist Church

4607 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage

Tuesdays from 6 pm - 8 pm

Spanish interpreter available

Spenard Rec Center

2020 West 48th Avenue, Anchorage

Tuesdays from 1 pm - 6 pm

Crosspoint Church

1920 Dimond, Anchorage

Tuesdays from 1 pm - 6 pm

Edward & Cathryn Rasmuson Hall

UAA Campus, Anchorage

Thursdays from 2 pm - 6 pm

Available until April 8

Faith Christian Community Church

4240 Wisconsin Street, Anchorage

Fridays from 1 pm - 7 pm

AARP Alaska State Office

3601 C Street, Suite 1420, Anchorage

Wednesdays from 1 pm to 6 pm

Millennium Hotel

4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage

April 15 ONLY from 12 noon - 12 midnight

E-file until 9 pm

This site is sponsored by the Alaska Association of Tax Consultants and the UAA Accounting Club

MAT-SU VALLEY AREA SITES

Palmer Senior Center

831 South Chugach Street, Palmer

Fridays from 9 am to 12:30 pm (except April 2)

Saturdays from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Call 745-5454 for appointment; walk-ins also welcome

Wasilla VFW

301 East Lake View Avenue, Wasilla

Saturday from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

March 27 only

Call 376-3104 for appointment; walk-ins also welcome

Wasilla Senior Center

1301 Century Circle, Wasilla

Wednesdays from 10 am - 3 pm

Call 376-3104 for appointment; walk-ins also welcome

Mid-Valley Senior Center

11975 West Mid-Valley Way, Houston

(Turn at Mile 53 of the Parks Highway)

11 am - 4:30 pm

March 12, March 26 and April 9 only

Call 892-6114 for appointment; walk-ins also welcome

Upper Su Senior Center

16463 E Helena, Talkeetna

12:30 - 4 pm

April 1 and April 8 only

Call 746-6113 for appointment; walk-in also welcome

Glacier View Bible Church

Mile 98 Glenn Highway, Wasilla

Call 746-1421 for appointment

FAIRBANKS SITES

Fairbanks Senior Center

1424 Moore Street, Fairbanks

Thursdays  from 9 am - 4 pm

Call 452-1735 for appointment

Noel Wien Library

1215 Cowles Street, Fairbanks

Tuesdays from 4 pm - 7 pm

Saturdays from 12 noon - 3 pm

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Wood Center, UAF Campus, Fairbanks

Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm

KENAI PENINSULA SITES

Homer Senior Center

3935 Svedlund Street, Homer

Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 am - 2 pm

Call 235-7655 for appointment

Seward Senior Center

336 3rd Street, Seward

Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 am - 10 am and from 2 pm - 4 pm

Call 224-5604 for appointment

AVTEC Library

519 4th Avenue, Seward

Tuesdays from 6 pm - 8 pm

Call 224-6114 for appointment

Soldotna Volunteer Site at Alaska’s Reel Café

4487 Sterling Highway, Soldotna

Corner of K-Beach and Funny River Road

Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm

SITKA SITES

University of Alaska SE

1332 Seward Room 226, Sitka

Wednesdays from 5 pm - 9 pm

Call 747-4273 for appointment

Swan Lake Senior Center

402 Lake Street, Sitka

Wednesdays from 12 noon - 4 pm

Call 747-8617 for appointment

KETCHIKAN AREA SITES

Tongass Credit Union

2000 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan

Saturdays from 11 am - 2 pm

Rendezvous Senior Center

2441 1st Avenue, Ketchikan

Saturdays from 10 am - 1 pm

Ketchikan Parks & Rec Center

601 Schoenbar Road, Ketchikan

Tuesdays from 6 pm - 8 pm

First Presbyterian Church in Metlakatla

Call 886-5975 for appointment

Sponsored by Tongass Credit Union

JUNEAU SITES

Mendenhall Library in the Mendenhall Mall

9109 Mendenhall Mall Road

Thursdays from 4 pm - 8 pm

Shut-ins call 789-9337

Valley Senior Center

9057 Atlin Drive

Saturdays from 8 am - 12 noon

OTHER ALASKA SITES

WRANGELL

Nolan Center

1096 Outer Drive, Wrangell

Fridays from 10 am - 2 pm

VALDEZ

Prince William Sound Community College

303 Lowe Street, Valdez

Sundays from 1 pm - 5 pm

KODIAK

Kodiak Campus

Campus Center

Call 486-6181 for appointment

HOONAH

Hoonah High School VITA

366 Garteeni Highway, Hoonah

Monday through Friday. Walk-ins from 2:25 pm - 3:10 pm. By appointment from 3:10 - 4 pm; call 945-3576.

WHAT TO BRING

1

Social security cards or current record of SSN’s for themselves, spouse and all dependents

2

All income information (such as Forms W-2, 1099-Misc, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, SSA-1099 or RRB-1099 and 1099R)

3

Property tax and mortgage interest statements

4

List of medical, interest, contributions, and miscellaneous expenses (to itemize deductions)

5

Copies of last year's tax return. This will help the volunteer prepare this year's return

6

Child care payment information and name, address and SSN/EIN of the child care provider

7

Amount of Economic Recovery Payment received from Social Security or VA in 2009

8

Bank routing and account number for direct deposit

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