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Local Groups Offer Tax Assistance

EUGENE, Ore. — April 15 is just more than two weeks away, which means you don’t have a whole lot of time to get your taxes filed.

The AARP offers tax assistance sites around Lane County, including one at the Campbell Senior Center. With just two weeks left, aides are really pushing folks to get their stuff together.

“I just can’t emphasize strongly enough and the earlier you do that, the more organized you are, the easier it is. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere. You don’t have so much angst. We don’t have have so much angst,” said Jim Clarkson, Site Supervisor.

If you’re looking for a little more than just help with filing your taxes, another site boasts that it’s a little different.

Thanks to a partnership with AARP, Cash Oregon, United Way of Lane County and Community Lendingworks, the Sprout building at 4th and A Street in Springfield is operating as a supersite for tax preparations. It’s a unique resource in the state. It’s one of only four in all of Oregon.

While traditional tax-aide sites provide only prep advice, the supersite will provide financial workshops as well as access to longer term financial education and coaching.

“If people want to make the most of their tax refund, this is a great place to come learn how to do that. It’s great to get a refund and have that money, but it’s better if you can use that money to creater a longer lasting impact on your life,” said Sarai Johnson, NEDCO Assistant Director.

Coordinators say the mission is to help people establish goals and show the how they can use their refund to reach them.

The supersite will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are advised to arrive 30 minutes early to sign-in.

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