by Lisa Tome
For the last few years, Pat Picard had her income tax returns completed by volunteers from the AARP free tax program.
This year, Picard joined them. She is working as a facilitator with the program.
"I've taken advantage of the service for several years now. It's payback time and I like working with people," said Picard. Her role with the program is to check people in to meet with their preparers. "We keep people moving," said Picard. "I'll be back next year."
Shirley McSorley has gotten her taxes done by program volunteers for three years. "They do an excellent job. They worked with me and it works out well," said McSorley. "I went to (a tax preparer) and they wanted 400 bucks to do my taxes. it's a simple return since my husband died."
Mel Snyder agreed. He has had his taxes done free for four years. "They do a really good job. It saves me money. It's very expensive to have it done. This is a good service for us old people. They know what they're doing," said Snyder.
According to one of the volunteers, Sue Anne Grier, more than 1,100 calls for tax help have come in so far. As of two weeks ago, they were scheduling clients for the third week of March.
The service is geared to those with low to moderate incomes.
Those who would like to have taxes prepared by the AARP/Tax Aide volunteers, may have their taxes done at the Elkton Central Library. Tax appointments are also being held at Elkton United Methodist Church, Comfort Inn in North East, Zion United Methodist Church in Cecilton, Franklin Hall in Chesapeake City, and the Community Center in Rising Sun.
To obtain an appointment call 410-287-6478 ext. 471. A scheduler will call back and set your appointment for one of these locations.