Still Time for Seniors to Get Free Tax Preparation Help in Bedford

Submitted by the Bedford Council on Aging 

We are halfway through the tax season and the Council on Aging tax volunteers have put smiley faces on about 150 clients, not only from Bedford, but surrounding cities and towns including Wakefield, Chelmsford, Carlisle, Tewksbury, and many others.

The Bedford Council on Aging and the Bedford Free Public Library are offering free tax assistance primarily for low to moderate income seniors through April 12.

Generally, most appointments are 45-60 minutes in length depending on the complexity of the return. When the client leaves the interview, they take all their documentation with them so that nothing is left with the volunteer and the return is subsequently electronically filed with the client’s permission.

There are limited “out of scope” returns that we are not permitted to prepare, such as rental properties as well as some business returns, but in general, almost every other return is acceptable. All volunteers are required to pass an IRS examination before they are permitted to prepare a tax return and always work in pairs so that no deduction or credit is missed.

This year, the volunteers have been busy throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. 

There is no need to pay upwards of $500 to have your taxes prepared elsewhere. The experienced volunteers in Bedford are ready, willing, and able to assist you, including electronic filing, direct deposit of your refund and, if necessary, preparing estimated taxes in order to avoid sending a check in the future.

Remember to take advantage of the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit that has increased this year to $2,590.00.

Appointment spots are filling fast. There are still a few openings in March and more in Apil for people who need tax help. 

Call the Council on Aging at 781-275-6825 to schedule an appointment.

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