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AARP offers free tax preparation assistance

AARP Tax-Aide sites across North Dakota are open and ready to help people prepare their 2013 tax returns. This service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older.

You do not have to be an AARP member to take advantage of this free service, says Muriel Peterson of Bismarck, volunteer state coordinator of Tax-Aide in North Dakota.

IRS-certified volunteers are trained to assist in filing accurate returns and help taxpayers receive all of the benefits, credits, and deductions to which they are entitled. All AARP Tax-Aide sites e-file returns, also at no cost, which helps taxpayers get refunds quickly. Every taxpayer’s return is quality reviewed and all information is kept confidential.

Last year in North Dakota more than 6,000 people were helped with their federal and state tax returns. This year more than 100 volunteer preparers and client facilitators will staff 11 sites across the state.

Local Tax-Aide offices are:

Fargo - Olivet Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday and Friday. Hjemkomst Center (Moorhead), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday. Christ the King Lutheran Church (Moorhead), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday.

West Fargo – Faith Lutheran Church, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Individuals should ensure that they have all of the documents they need to file before coming to a Tax-Aide site, including Social Security cards and a photo ID. Please visit to view the recommended list of forms to bring with to the Tax-Aide office.

AARP Tax-Aide sites will remain open through the April 15 tax deadline.