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If you are one of the many Hudson Valley residents who need help with your tax return, free tax preparation is available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s IRS trained and certified volunteers through the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition.

With the addition of several new tax preparation sites in Dutchess and Orange counties last year, 7,655 residents of Dutchess and Orange counties - an increase of more than 500 individuals - received help preparing and filing their taxes.

With the addition of a new site in Greenwood Lake, there are now 16 tax preparation sites in Orange County: Chester, Cornwall, Goshen, Greenwood Lake, Middletown, Monroe, Montgomery, Newburgh (3), New Windsor, Pine Bush, Port Jervis, Walden, Warwick, and Washingtonville.

To receive help, it’s as easy as picking up the phone to schedule an appointment through United Way’s Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 Helpline (or by dialing 1-800-899-1479) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. This free tax preparation service is provided to all those who are eligible thanks to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition members, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and many other community partners.

“Last year, $6,176,853 was returned in the form of tax credits and refunds to people who need it most in our community,” noted Jeannie Montano, president and CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “Part of the mission of United Way is fighting for the financial stability of every person in our community. We hope that individuals, families, and seniors will take advantage of this free help and call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment.”

The 36 tax preparation locations are located throughout Dutchess and Orange Counties and will be staffed by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, six days-a-week, including evenings and weekends from now through April 15. Assistance will be available for the hearing-impaired and for those who need a translator. The tax service is open to area residents of all ages who meet eligibility guidelines. AARP membership is not required.

“United Way, Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition, and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide members would like to express their gratitude to local colleges who are participating in a very significant way with this program,” said Dave Weaving, the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition coordinator.

“Now in its sixth year of involvement, Mount Saint Mary College is providing 17 students and this is the second year Marist College is providing more than 15 student volunteers,” Weaving noted.



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