TAX HELP: Non-Profits Offer Free Services

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It happens every year - the search for the largest tax refund possible.

While different companies claim they`ll get you the biggest bang for your buck, area non-profits are reminding taxpayers they may qualify to get their taxes done for free.

The AARP Foundation is reminding Iowans that you may be able to help with your tax return for free.

AARP is the largest volunteer-run, free tax preparation entity in the country with more than 60 locations in Iowa alone. Last year volunteers helped more than 30,000 Iowans.

Volunteers say they can assist most people with low to moderate incomes and identify all possible tax credits and deductions.

“People get just as good a deal with their refunds as you will through anybody else,” explains AARP tax aide Elmer Neussendorfer. “We have to be trained, we are certified by the IRS every single year. We know the deductions you can take.”

United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA also provides free tax preparation services for Iowans who earned $57,000 or less in 2013.