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Trained and IRS-certified volunteers will provide free tax help for low- to moderate-income taxpayers, primarily those who are 50 and older, at senior centers throughout South Orange County, as part of a tax-aide program through AARP.

Last year, volunteer counselors prepared more than 600 tax returns for such taxpayers residing within the San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano communities, according to Audie Sturla, the district coordinator for the AARP-Tax Aide.

For the whole South County region, volunteers prepared more than 3,000 tax returns, Sturla said in a press release.

The program will be available at the San Juan Capistrano Senior Center located at 25925 Camino Del Avion on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning on Feb. 4. This is a walk-in/sign-up site, so you must appear in person to get on the schedule. 

The appointment book and Intake/Interview sheets are available now in the Senior Lounge at the Community Center.

Other locations will include Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar.

Taxpayers with appointments will be given priority. But no appointment is needed, provided there is an opening. Taxpayers may also call 949.493.5911 or email sjc_taxaide@yahoo.com for additional information.

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