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Posted on: January 31, 2013

Free tax help available for seniors through April 12

(Cherry Hill, N.J.) – With tax season upon us, Cherry Hill and the AARP are once again partnering to offer Township seniors a popular, free tax-help program.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday from Feb. 1 until April 12 (except March 29, when municipal offices are closed), AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be at Town Hall to assist residents ages 55 and up in preparing their 2012 state and federal tax returns, as well as Homestead Benefit Credit and Property Tax Reimbursement forms.

No appointments are necessary. Visitors will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Preparing your tax return can be complicated and time-consuming, and hiring an accountant is often too costly – especially for seniors living on fixed incomes,” said Mayor Chuck Cahn. “I’m proud that we can once again provide residents with this valuable service, without breaking the bank.”

The AARP and its dedicated volunteers have helped Cherry Hill seniors prepare their annual tax returns at no cost for more than a decade. Thousands of residents have received assistance, including more than 250 who took advantage of the service in 2012. Nationally, the AARP estimates that it has helped nearly 50 million low- and middle-income Americans since the program’s inception in 1968.

All tax-help sessions will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) in the Township Municipal Building (820 Mercer St.). Appointments are not needed, and electronic filing and direct deposit services will be available to help speed seniors’ returns. However, complex returns such as those involving businesses, rental income, multiple capital gains, will not be prepared through this service.

Residents should remember to bring a copy of their 2011 return, as well as all relevant tax statements, receipts and forms; their Social Security card or SSA-1099; and their PTR form, if one was received in the mail.

For more information, residents can contact the AARP by calling (888) AARP-NOW or visiting www.AARP.org/taxaide. Additional questions can be directed to the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868 or Recreation@chtownship.com.

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