For many years, the East Lansing Public Library has hosted the AARP Tax Aide program to help low income seniors prepare their annual state and federal taxes. Unfortunately, coronavirus concerns canceled the program for 2020, and has caused changes to the 2021 program. Instead of taking place in person here at the library, the 2021 AARP Tax Aide program will be take place remotely. Although the AARP is still finalizing their plans, here's a rough outline of what to expect:
- At some point in the next month or two, ELPL staff will start collecting names and phone numbers of patrons who are interested in having the AARP help them with their taxes
- The AARP Tax Aide volunteers will contact prospective clients to explain the program and gather more information
- Clients will scan their personal tax documents and upload them to a secure AARP website
- Tax Aide volunteers will review the documents, prepare the necessary tax forms, and communicate with the client to file their taxes
The timeline for the 2021 tax season is still up in the air. Although the federal tax deadline is currently April 15th, 2021, that may get extended. If that happens, the AARP may delay their tax prep sessions.
The East Lansing Public Library will not take names for the AARP Tax Aide Program before February 1st, 2021. For more information about the current status of the program, please check with us after that date by calling the library at 517-351-2420.
If you normally use the AARP Tax Aide for your taxes, please consider the following:
- The VITA Tax Aide program also helps with tax preparation, though they will also be operating differently this year. They can be reached by calling 211 or 866-561-2500
- Prospective clients should strongly consider using a paid preparer this year
For more information about the AARP Tax Aide program, please call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277).