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AARP terminates free tax preparation for seniors 

AARP terminates free tax preparation for seniors

H & R Block in San Luis Obispo County is offering a discount of up to 50-percent to those who are left without a tax preparer.

Individuals, businesses have an extra 90 days to pay the IRS income taxes due

–The AARP Tax Service Program for seniors and others in need has ended abruptly. The last day of tax preparation by the AARP volunteers was last Friday. Those who have appointments to have their taxes done by AARP volunteers will have to find other ways to get their taxes done. Dawn Segal has helped prepare taxes for seniors in Atascadero through AARP for eight years. She says she’s disappointed that the program will not continue this year, but that is order from AARP.

Fortunately, one option has manifested. H & R Block in San Luis Obispo County is offering a discount of up to 50-percent to those who are left without a tax preparer. Billy Gallant of H & R Block says that people may bring their last year’s return showing that AARP or VITA prepared their taxes last year to their office to get the discount. Gallant participated in the VITA free tax service himself while he studied accounting at Cal Poly back in the 1990s.

Billy Gallant, H & R Block

Billy Gallant of H & R Block.

North County seniors and other residents who have appointments to meet with AARP volunteer tax prepares are encouraged to contact one of the H & R Block offices in San Luis Obispo County to learn more about the discount available to anyone who is left without a tax preparer because of the termination of the AARP free tax service.

Individuals and businesses will have an extra 90 days to pay the IRS if they owe additional income tax for 2019, according to reports.

As part of the government’s response to the coronavirus, individual and small business filers will be able to defer payments of up to $1 million and corporations can defer up to $10 million without incurring interest or penalties. Taxpayers should still file their federal returns by April 15.


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