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3/6/08 - Nacogdoches

Senior Tax Anxiety Eased By AARP

by Donna McCollum

Doris Morris gets a funny feeling inside when tax time comes around.    " I just get excited because I have to do it. I don't like to do it. I don't think anyone does, " she shared. Morris is grateful for AARP volunteers. They prepare her taxes every year.   They've helped her through rough times when the stock market took a dive. This year she hopes an economic stimulus check will replace some of what she's lost. Morris said,  " I think it is a shame that we have to pay out what we do and you can't afford it. And a lot of people have to go without certain things, especially medicine. "

Seniors with low incomes who don't routinely file should this year. That statement is needed for them to receive a stimulus check. For the most part the senior's tax returns are similar. Volunteer Leonard Stephens noted, " Our general thing is social security, pensions, retirement, dividends, interest payments, interest, CD's. Then we have some people, 20%,25% that have investments into stocks, bonds."

Also similar are the the problems. Volunteer Bobby Boudria suggested, " Organize your things as you get them. That's what I think. Just put it in an envelope, taxes, dividends."

This year there's an extreme shortage of AARP tax workers in Nacogdoches to help a growing number of customers. If you would like to help out please contact the Nacogdoches Senior Center. The men say the service is satisfying to them because the customer always leaves happy.

The free AARP tax help is offered every Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 12 at the Nacogdoches Senior Center on Harris Street.

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