AARP, others here to help file taxes

Published 1:49 pm Monday, March 27, 2017

With a little less than three weeks remaining before the April 18 deadline, it is extremely important for citizens to have a plan in place to file their 2016 income taxes.

The Internal Revenue Service’s deadline isn’t an optional or flexible one, unless you want to pay significant penalties and fees.

Although some people can prepare their taxes on their own, many become anxious because it can be an inexpensive and intimidating process to go to an accountant or a tax agency. These are certainly the best option for those who can afford it and Winchester residents have a variety of choices.

For those who have very simple situations or simply cannot afford any other service, the AARP Tax-Aide program remains a great solution.

Volunteers are available to help from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through April 18 at Central Baptist Church’s annex, located at 101 W. Lexington Ave. Those seeking assistance should bring their 2015 return and all documents relating to 2016.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that is hosted by AARP, it is open to anyone, although it is mostly geared towards those over 50 and low- to moderate-income levels.

The AARP Tax-Aide program, which has been active in Winchester for more than 30 years, handles more than 500 returns each year. Since 1968, this program has become a tremendous asset in communities all across the country and has helped more than 50 million Americans file their taxes and get a solid return as quickly as possible.

We applaud all the men and women who have volunteered their time this year and in years past to provide this important service to their neighbors. This level of community commitment and self-sacrifice is what makes Winchester a special place.

The clock may be ticking but it is reassuring to know that help is available for all Clark County residents.