Volunteers Help Area Residents with Free Tax Preparation

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

April 15 is approaching much quicker than some area residents would like. Now, one organization is making filing taxes less taxing.

Last year, the Warren County Bowling Green AARP helped 1,200 community patrons file their taxes free of charge. This year, the AARP says they've served over 2,000 people with 12 days left to serve even more.

"I usually put it off until the last week or two," says one area resident.

It's a dreaded time of year for many.

"I think it can be for people that maybe kinda put things off until the deadline," explains a Bowling Green man.

"They don't keep good records!" exclaims one woman.

"For me it's just the pain of getting stuff organized," a taxpayer explains.

"They keep procrastinating!" the woman retorts.

"Don't wait to the last minute," adds another woman. "Makes you too stressed!"

"It can kinda be a hectic time," a Bowling Green man admits.

"They need to have somebody to help them," an area woman concludes.

While Lucille Reeder's no fan of tax season, this year, she's getting volunteers with AARP to do her calculations.

"There was a gentleman out front, he says, are you here for taxes?" Lucille explains. "I say, yes. He says, come on back."

"We're here today to prepare taxes for low income and elderly people primarily, but anyone who comes through the door, we can do their taxes," says AARP Tax Preparer Earnest Smith.

It's a free service currently set up at the Tomorrow Center in Bowling Green and whether residents prefer to get their taxes filed early or wait a little closer to the deadline, everyone seems to appreciate a service that won't cost a penny.

"Those of us that are here are volunteers and we're probably here because we enjoy providing services to individuals who generally need a free service," Smith says.

"Just come on down, whether it's raining or not, they'll take care of you," Lucille advises.

Free tax preparation help will continue throughout this week and next with the cut-off on April 15.

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