As Tax Day Approaches, Volunteers Lend a Hand

Marcia Lynn

     Tax Day is fast approaching as procrastinators scramble to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service by the April 15th deadline. Tax laws are constantly changing, and many people need help preparing their taxes. Since 1968, the nationwide AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program has been doing just that, for free.

     In Homer a group of five specially trained volunteers has been busy helping people wade through tax forms. The program operates out of the Homer Senior Center. It's geared toward helping seniors and low income families. But help is offered to anyone who wants it, except for those with more complicated returns involving things like depreciation on rental or business property.

     Since early February, volunteers have been preparing returns for people by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays. Business has been brisk, and by the end of March about 120 E-filings and five paper filings had been done. That’s according to David Nofziger, a five-year Tax Aide volunteer and this year’s Homer program coordinator. 

     Nofziger says he enjoys helping people, and is grateful to the Homer Senior Center for their help. The official deadline for filing your taxes with the IRS is this Wednesday, April 15th.