> For those who were already struggling to make ends meet,
the “Great Recession” hit them hard. Thanks to the generosity
of our donors and the dedication of caring volunteers, the
AARP Foundation provided proven and innovative ways to
help vulnerable adults remain self-sufficient. Together, we
worked to improve economic security.
Our 2009 efforts included free tax-preparation
assistance, job-search help and scholarships to help
women earn their way to financial security.
Free Tax Help
In 2009, 2. 6 million people received assistance
from AARP Tax-Aide. AARP Tax-Aide is the
nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance
and preparation service. This remarkable feat
was made possible through 34,600 dedicated
volunteers, most of who participate year after year.
One client, teacher Charlene Douglas-Flynn,
received more than free help with filing her
personal tax return at a Tax-Aide site in northern
Virginia. She also got money-saving tips for the
future from Debbie Herman, a full-time certified
public accountant who has helped others complete
their tax returns for more than 20 years. The gift of
service keeps giving: Herman’s daughter is now a
Tax-Aide volunteer, too.
2009 Tax-Aide by the Numbers
• 2,627,000 taxpayers were assisted.
• $650 million in total refunds were achieved.
• 193,000 people with low incomes received
a total $200 million in Earned Income Tax
Credits (a 9 percent increase over 2008).
• 34,600 IRS-trained volunteers made it all
happen, averaging 75 clients each.
Fraud Fighting Heroes These AARP members
from Washington State warned potential victims
of telemarketing fraud from one of the AARP
Foundation’s Fraud Fighting Call Centers.
We achieved a milestone in preventing fraud in
2009, by contacting our 2 millionth consumer
about the dangers of telemarketing, Internet
and other types of fraud. One by one since 2006,
dedicated volunteers in our Consumer Fraud
Prevention Project have called potential victims,
whose names typically show up on con artists’
“mooch lists” seized by law enforcement officials.
AARP Tax-Aide is available to taxpayers with low and moderate
incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older.