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The Free 'Tax-Aide' Program Helps Low- and Moderate-Income Taxpayers throughout Massachusetts


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THIS WEEK [THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24TH], THE LARGEST FREE TAX-PREPARATION PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY OPENS, AT 220 LOCATIONS, ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS.  AND, IT'S RUN BY VOLUNTEERS.  "A-A-R-P FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE"--NOW IN ITS 45TH YEAR--HELPS LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME TAXPAYERS WITH BASIC FEDERAL- AND STATE-RETURNS.  A-A-R-P MASSACHUSETTS STATE-PRESIDENT, LINDA FITZGERALD, SAYS...

(FITZGERALD):
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WE HAVE MORE THAN 600 VOLUNTEERS READY TO ASSIST MASSACHUSETTS-RESIDENTS, OF ALL AGES, WITH THEIR TAX-PREPARATION--FOR FREE.  THEY'VE BEEN TRAINED WITH THE HELP OF [BOTH] THE I-R-S AND THE 'MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE'.  THEY KNOW THE TAX-RULES--AND ABOUT THE TAX-CREDITS [THAT] YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR."

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LAST YEAR, A-A-R-P'S VOLUNTEERS BROUGHT OVER 19-MILLION DOLLARS, IN REFUNDS, TO THEIR CLIENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS.  ONE POPULAR--YET UNDER-UTILIZED--TAX-CREDIT IS THE "CIRCUIT-BREAKER"; IT HELPS OLDER PROPERTY-OWNERS AND RENTERS.  TOM LIGON, OF WAYLAND, IS THE VOLUNTEER STATE-COORDINATOR FOR "A-A-R-P FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE"; HE SAYS...

(LIGON):
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NOBODY IS MORE GRATEFUL THAN A SENIOR WHO WAS EXPECTING TO GET NO MONEY BACK ON HIS OR HER RETURN, BUT [INSTEAD] GETS A REFUND, THANKS TO THE 'CIRCUIT-BREAKER' TAX-CREDIT--WHICH, THIS YEAR, CAN BE UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS.  AS A-A-R-P-VOLUNTEERS, WE'RE HERE TO SAVE [BOTH] YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MONEY--AND TO PROVIDE A HIGH-QUALITY, HELPFUL SERVICE."

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TO FIND AN "A-A-R-P FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE"-SITE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, CALL 1-888-"A-A-R-P-NOW"; THAT'S 1-888-227-7669.  OR, GO ONLINE, TO "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"M-A".



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