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AARP Announces Free Tax Service Sites on Hawai‘i Island

January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated January 23, 8:32 AM
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Photo courtesy of AARP.

AARP will offer free tax assistance and preparation services on Hawai‘i Island through its nationwide Tax-Aide program beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through Apr. 17.

The program, which is the nation’s largest free tax service, is now in its 50th year of operation and has served more than 50 million taxpayers since it began in 1968.

“Tax-Aide is aimed at people who can’t afford to pay someone else to do their taxes,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, the AARP Hawai‘i state director. “For someone on a fixed income, saving money on taxes can make a big difference.”

In 2017, AARP helped people claim $820,888 in Earned Income Tax Credits in Hawai‘i, a deduction that about a quarter of eligible taxpayers miss, according to Stanton. In total, AARP volunteers helped Hawai‘i taxpayers receive $4,632,536 in refunds in 2017.

Tax-Aide program volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they are knowledgable of the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code.

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To find an AARP Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 1 (888) AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669).

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Tax-Aide Program Locations on Hawai‘i Island

Captain Cook
Yano Hall (S-3122)
82-6156 Mamalahoa Highway
Captain Cook, Hawai‘i
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon
Walk-ins
Open: Feb. 7 to Apr. 11, 2018

Hilo
A & D Resource Center (S-3111)
1055 Kinoole Street
Hilo, Hawai‘i
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Appointment required
Call: (808) 961-8777
Open: Feb. 6 to Apr. 12
Closed: Mar. 22

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Kailua-Kona
Catholic Charities (Kona) (S-3108)
73-5618 Maiau Street, Ste B201
Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i
Tuesdays, noon to 4 p.m.
Appointments by calling (808) 319-3013
Walk-ins after 2 p.m.
Open: Feb. 6 to Apr. 10

Hale Halawai Community Center (S-3106)
75-5760 Ali‘i Drive
Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i
Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon
Walk-ins only
Open: Feb. 1 to Apr. 12

Kamuela
Waimea Community Center (S-3103)
65-1260 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, Hawai‘i
Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointment required: call (808) 388-6645 or (808) 885-4722
Open: Feb. 2 to Apr. 13

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