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AARP’s Tax-Aide offices open

AARP Tax-Aide sites in North Dakota are now open and ready to help this tax season. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation service, where volunteers commit their time and talents to help their neighbors. 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.

AARP Tax-Aide began in 1968. Last year in North Dakota more than 4,500 people were helped with their federal and state tax returns. This year 120 volunteer preparers and client facilitators will staff 11 sites across the state.

Local communities with Tax-Aide offices are:

Fargo ­— Olivet Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Friday. The site will be closed April 1 for Easter Monday; Hjemkomst Center (Moorhead), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; and Christ the King Lutheran Church (Moorhead), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday.

West Fargo - Faith Lutheran Church, 9 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 visiting a Tax-Aide site. Visit to view the recommended list of forms to bring with to the Tax-Aide office.

AARP P Tax-Aide sites will remain open through the April 15 tax deadline. The AARP Foundation administers AARP Tax-Aide in cooperation with the IRS.