Since the federal and New York State tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020, there may be people who still need to file their return.
Although AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in-person service is suspended, they are now able to offer options that allow you to file your tax returns at no cost with assistance from IRS-certified volunteers if needed. These options eliminate physical contact and document exchange while maintaining the security of your personal information. You will need a computer with internet to access these options.
If you have not decided which online software package to use, the Tax-Aide program recommends Taxslayer – essentially the same software they use at in-person sites. There are no limitations for age or income. This option includes free access to the Tax-Aide “Help Desk” to provide assistance as you prepare your return. Volunteers may not be able to provide remote assistance if there are complicated tax documents. Click here to get started.
If you need assistance as you prepare your return, you may request help by filling out the form at here. A Tax-Aide volunteer from your state will contact you. Please note that aides cannot enter information into the software – you must self-prepare your return.
An alternative is online self-preparation using Free File Alliance software from TurboTax or OnLine Taxes. Eligibility requirements differ for each of these packages. For more information and links to software, click here.
Smart Driving Discount
Meanwhile, AARP has placed its in-person Smart Driver classes on hold for the remainder of the year. However, the class is available to complete online. Go to https://www.aarpdriversafety.org. Use the promo code DRIVINGSKILLS for a 25 percent discount, through December 31, 2020.