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AARP Offers Tax Assistance in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Avoid the headaches that come with preparing your own taxes. Let certified volunteers from the AARP/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program help you — for free.

This full-service program will be available to Westport residents from Feb. 1 through April 16, with special attention to seniors and low-to-moderate income households, Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced.

"This year, more residents than ever may qualify for tax credits, particularly the newly instated Earned Income Credit for Connecticut," Butler said in a statement. "In addition to the Connecticut version, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child/Dependent Care Tax Credit may be available to eligible taxpayers, providing additional family income."

Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal taxes will be offered at the Center for Senior Activities and at Westport Town Hall.

On Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 1, appointments may be made at the senior center from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. by calling 203-341-5099. On Mondays, beginning Feb. 6, appointments are available at Town Hall in the human services office from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. by calling 203-341-1050.

The volunteers are certified by the IRS. Last year, approximately 300 returns were prepared and filed in Westport, almost all electronically, and over $200,000 of refunds were returned to local residents, Butler said.

For more information, call the Human Services Department at 203-341-1050. The IRS tax filing deadline this year is Tuesday, April 17.

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