AARP Volunteers Offer Tax Assistance Through ALL Program

Published on: January 18, 2013

AARP volunteers offer tax assistance through ALL programChanges to deductions, claims, dependents and tax laws can make people worry about filing taxes this year.

Through Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL), the AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide will help people prepare and electronically file their federal income tax returns at the East Montgomery County Improvement District in New Caney. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 5-April 11. Services are not available on March 12 and 14. Appointments are not accepted.

“The purpose of this program is to assist taxpayers, primarily seniors, with completing their tax returns,” said Grayson Foster, AARP volunteer.

The nation’s largest and free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service is open to everyone regardless of their age or income. Clients are asked to bring their 2012 tax documents, last year returns, social security card, and a blank check for refunds to be deposited directly into their bank account for a faster refund.

Volunteers are trained using IRS and AARP developed materials and must pass a comprehensive test with 80 percent correct in three categories: basic, intermediate and advanced tax scenarios.

“LSC-Kingwood has offered this free service for the past six years because many area senior adults do not have the money to have someone help them with their taxes,” said Pat Chandler, Academy for Lifelong Learning program manager. “This is a really good service for anyone who needs help with their taxes.”

The AARP Foundation supports the AARP TaxAide program with free tax assistance from the IRS. TaxAide began in 1968 and is the largest volunteer-based tax preparation service in the country. The purpose is to assist taxpayers, primarily seniors, complete their tax returns. The program does not require AARP membership and it's open to all taxpayers.

The college’s ALL program began in February 2004 and since then, the program has grown to more than 1,000 active members. ALL courses are now offered at the LSC-Atascocita Center.  Annual membership is $20 from Sept. 1-Aug. 31 and members can take classes at both locations. All courses offered are free and taught by volunteers; there are no educational requirements.

For more information, call 283-312-1750 or visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

With 75,000 students in credit classes and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.