Free tax filing available at Ashe Senior Center

Wil Petty Staff Writer

January 24, 2014

The Ashe Senior Center will be providing assistance to taxpayers in Ashe County through the AARP.

“It doesn’t matter about incomes,” said Charles Caudill, coordinator for the tax program. ‘We can do just about any type of tax form.”

The AARP Tax-Aide program was created to help low-income and seniors prepare and file their tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) free of charge.

“(The program) is focused on low-income and seniors,” Caudill said. “We can do anybody’s as long as it is in the scope of what we are trained in.”

The Senor Center will provide the service starting Tuesday, Feb. 2 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday through April 15. Appointments are required to take part, and they can be made by calling 336-246-4347.

Caudill said their volunteers were all trained by the IRS and AARP.

“Everybody tax proprietor is certified at the advanced level,” he said. “We are all at the same level and that’s why we are not limited with who we can help.”

The program has been around since 1980 when the IRS entered a cooperative agreement through its Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. Services have been provided through the Ashe Senior Center for 13 years.

There are still some tax accounts the volunteers will be unable to help with. Those are business incomes with less than $10,000 in expenses or those that operate at a loss, and Caudill said they cannot do depreciation.

That is the main reason why an appointment is required by the Senior Center.

“Call and make an appointment to see if we can or can’t do (your taxes),” Caudill said.

Wil Petty may be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @wilpetty