AARP Provides Help With Taxes

tax preparer Janet Dill, left, helps Sheridan residents Linda and Harvey Johnson. (Photo by Pat Blair)

David McClintock estimates that volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons, known as AARP, will help about 250 residents of Sheridan County fill out federal income tax forms this year.

That's based on his past experience. The AARP Foundation tax aide says the numbers of people who come to Sheridan's Senior Center for help with their taxes grows by about 10 percent each year.

Many of those coming back, he says, are folks the AARP has helped in the past. That includes Sheridan residents Linda and Harvey Johnson, who were receiving help from a volunteer last week when Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair stopped for a visit. Linda Johnson explained why she and her husband are repeat customers of the tax assistance program.

Tax help volunteers are at the Senior Center on Smith Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week starting at 11:30 in the morning. Appointments are made by calling the center, and there are still openings for this month and next. The tax preparation assistance comes free of charge and the five volunteers at the center have been trained by the IRS to assist with most types of tax returns. The tax aide said there are no age or income limits.

He did say, however, there are a few limitations. Volunteers can't help with taxes for farmers, and they are limited on commercial returns. They also cannot prepare taxes for those who own rental properties. Tax returns are filed electronically on a secure system. Each return is checked by two volunteers before it's filed, and the person the form is prepared for will know by the next day if the form has been accepted.

Anyone who wants to take advantage of the free service at the senior center is asked to call ahead for an appointment. The number is -- 307-672-2240.