The AARP Foundation Tax Aide program provides free income tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income consumers, especially those over 60 years of age, reports AARP. The program operates from January to April each year, and during that period, consumers can use the location search tool at Aarp.org to find a nearby AARP Tax Aide location.
The AARP Tax Aide program is responsible for operating a large number of free tax help sites authorized by the Internal Revenue Service under its Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. The program volunteers are specifically trained to handle questions about pensions and retirement income that are unique to older persons, says the IRS.
Another source of help is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free advice and electronic tax filing services to people who make $53,000 or less per year, according to the IRS. Tax preparers are trained to assist consumers in taking advantage of all available tax credits for which they qualify.
Free help under the AARP Tax Aide, TCE and VITA programs is usually provided at locations such as libraries, community centers, shopping centers and nonprofit organizations, explains the IRS. A complete list of nationwide locations is available using the search tool at IRS.gov.