AARP's Tax Aide Program offers free tax assistance

(WZAW) -- For many people, tax season can be overwhelming, and tax preparation assistance may not be affordable.

The good news is that there is help available!

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation program in the United States. Through April 15, the program will offer in-person tax preparation help to anyone, but especially to low- and moderate-income taxpayers and those who are 50 or older.

Lynnette Lee-Villanueva is the National Director of AARP Foundation, and she is in charge of the Foundation’s TAX-AIDE program. She explained on NewsChannel 7 at 4 how people who cannot afford a tax professional can get some assistance through this program.

"Last year in Wisconsin, there was over 67,000 people helped by AARP Foundation Tax Aide, and we're on par to be able to provide assistance to that number of individuals again this year," said Lee-Villanueva.

She said the biggest question filers have this year is about the tax law changes and how that will impact them.

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code.

For more information and to find a Tax Aide site near you, visit