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RSVP offers free tax assistance


Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, engages people 55 and older in Black Hawk and Fayette Counties to meet community needs. One project right now is the tax assistance program co-sponsored by AARP and the IRS.

About 24 volunteers with RSVP are helping people file their tax returns by Tuesday, April 17th.

"There's no fee associated with it at all," said RSVP Director Sheila Bohr.

RSVP began offering tax assistance about 30 years ago. Many of the volunteers come back year after year. But each year, the volunteers are all trained in tax preparation.

"Every year there's a three to four day training and one of our volunteers does the training and he actually goes to a training in Des Moines earlier. Training for the trainers," said Bohr.

The free tax assistance is aimed at people with low to moderate incomes, but no one gets turned away for income or age.

"We work with individuals of all ages. Sometimes people think we only serve retirees, but no, it's individuals of all ages from teens to 90s," said Sheila Bohr.

All the taxes are filed electronically. You need to bring any income statements, any deductions and your previous year's tax return.

Many volunteers will be working through April 17th, this year's postmark deadline for federal taxes.

The main location is at the Kimball Ridge Center in Waterloo. It's open Monday through Thursday. Assistance is available by appointment April 2 through 5th. Walk-ins are welcome April 9th through 17th.

For information on other locations and times in Black Hawk and Fayette Counties call RSVP at 319-272-2250.

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