Take advantage of free service

Published 1:44 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2022

For many people, few things strike fear into their hearts as much as tax time. The uncertainty of not knowing if you’re filling out forms correctly, coupled with potentially owing some money, is enough to make anybody throw up their hands.

However, there is free help available in Suffolk, and people with low to moderate income are able to take advantage of it.

The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation will be offering services again this year, starting today and lasting through April 18. This service is available at the Suffolk Workforce Center, 157 N. Main St.

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The service does require a bit of advance work. You need to make an appointment by calling 757-774-7908. You also need to stop by the Suffolk Workforce Development Center beforehand to get a packet with a form to fill out and a list of items to bring to the appointment that will help it go well and help the tax preparer have the information they need.

Volunteers with extensive training will work with people to prepare and file taxes, and information will be double-checked for accuracy.

We hope everyone who is eligible will take advantage of this free service. It’s a great way to have a little bit of peace of mind by having your numbers checked by someone else who has been trained.