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Free Tax Filing Help Offered

EUGENE, Ore. — All across western Oregon, low-income and senior citizens can get free tax aid help from trained AARP volunteers.

This year, there are ten locations in Lane County. One popular spot is the downtown Eugene Public Library.

You can now file your 2012 tax return. Typically the season kicks off on Jan. 22, but that was delayed due to the fiscal cliff.

Still millions of taxpayers will have to wait for revised forms due tax law changes. Those include taxpayers claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits.

“If they qualify for the federal energy tax credit, they are going to have to wait until later in the season before they can file their taxes. The software and forms are not available at this time and probably won’t be until later in February,” said AARP volunteer Virginia Callister.

If you’re confused, there is help. AARP volunteers will be available to offer free tax aid. Last year in Lane County, they helped 6,500 people file their taxes and the returns added up to more than $6 million.

Tax help at the library will start Friday, Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’re told there will be a line forming starting early Thursday morning.

You can find the nearest AARP tax aid clinic near you by clicking here.

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