There’s free help available to those of low to moderate income on Maui through a service provided by volunteers from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service program. (Visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide to learn about the national program.)
The program offers e-filing of both federal and Hawai‘i state taxes by volunteers that are trained and certified by the AARP Tax-Aide program each year. The program sessions on Maui are available to any low to moderate individual looking for tax preparation service, and they do not have to be a senior or an AARP member. According to Barbara Workman, district coordinator for Maui of AARP Tax-Aide, seniors will get first priority if there are large lines, and said volunteers will do their best to address as many people’s needs as they can in the time allotted.
AARP Tax-Aide program volunteers are available to help—by walk-in appointments only—on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kïhei Community Center’s on Feb. 7 and 28; March 7 and 28; and April 11. Volunteers will be at the Kahului Union Church every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon from Feb. 5 through April 9. Services available to walk-in appointments only—the public is asked to not call the church office.
There will be a limit for the walk-in sessions above, so arrive early to guarantee a time slot with a volunteer.
Kaunoa Senior Center on the North Shore will host the volunteers every Wednesday from Feb. 2 through April 13. These sessions are by appointment only, and will be held between 9 a.m. and noon. Call 270-7308 to set up a time. And the sessions at the West Maui Senior Center will be held on the following Tuesdays: Feb. 1 and 15; March 1, 15 and 29; and April 5. These Tax-Aide sessions are by appointment only. Call 661-9432 to reserve.