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Tax-Aide prep service comes to Pinal County, but some say be wary

Taxes

By April Bamburg | Feb 12, 2020

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Casa Grande area residents have an option to get help filling out and filing their 2019 taxes, according to a letter published on PinalCentral.com.

IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers are ready to handle the majority of tax returns, although there are a few that may be more complex than volunteers with the AARP Tax-Aide program can handle. Individuals who are interested should come to the Desert Sky Baptist Church, 891 W. Kortsen Road in Casa Grande. The service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

These programs can be popular with residents who have low-to-moderate income levels and who may have other challenges to face when it comes to filing their taxes, but the 60 Plus Association wants Casa Grande area residents to be aware that there have been concerns raised by former Tax-Aide volunteers, about the security of participants’ information, and what the AARP Foundation might do with the information once an individual’s tax return has been filed.

“There are some very serious red flags regarding the AARP’s tax program, and America’s seniors should be extremely cautious when considering whether or not to participate,” James Martin, chairman and founder of the American Association of Senior Citizens, told Pinal Today. “Volunteers within the program itself have raised significant data and privacy concerns and seniors should be aware of these issues as they make decisions regarding their tax filings.”

According to the 60 Plus Association, the policies in place with Tax-Aide, policies allow the AARP access to participants’ full tax returns, addresses and other sensitive information, and the 60 Plus Association notes that AARP receives royalties from other corporations, nearly $1 billion each year, and that includes almost $700 million from UnitedHealth for sales of Medigap plans to senior citizens.

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