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Tax-preparation help available online, in person

Five sites are set to open Tuesday by appointment

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 29, 2022, 3:15pm

Free tax-preparation sites are set to open Tuesday, with help available to the public at four locations throughout Clark County and one in Skamania County.

Although there are fewer locations than previous years, IRS-certified volunteers are making themselves available to help those who have been hit especially hard by COVID-19. The free tax assistance is tailored toward those who are over 50 years old or have a low to moderate income.

The American Association of Retired Persons Foundation’s Tax-Aide is continuing its operations on a pandemic-oriented service model. The tax- preparation service is offered only via appointments, which can be made online on at taxaide.aarpfoundation.org. Volunteers who offer in-person help are vaccinated and will abide by COVID-19 safety protocols, but there is also an option to receive online coaching.

Appointments become available every Sunday and are released in two-week intervals. The service will be available through April 18, which is this year’s filing deadline.

Required documentation and information for tax preparation can be found on the organization’s website. Note that an AARP membership isn’t required to use the free service.

The following sites are offering tax-preparation assistance:

  • United Church of Christ: 1120 N.E. 68th St., Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Community Library: 901 C St., Vancouver.
  • Marshall/Luepke Center: 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.
  • Cascade Park Community Library: 600 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver.
  • Stevenson Community Library: 120 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson.
Columbian staff writer