Western Slope tax help on way

Volunteer tax preparers affiliated with AARP will not provide tax help in Grand Junction this year, but will provide assistance in other Western Slope communities, contrary to statements made by an AARP Foundation official earlier this week.

AARP-affiliated volunteers will assist people with their tax filings in Delta, Cedaredge, Montrose and Glenwood Springs, AARP Foundation spokeswoman Angela Cortez wrote in an email to The Daily Sentinel.

“I apologize for my mistake. I had asked (about no sites on the Western Slope) and that’s what I was told,” Cortez wrote. “As it turns out, the foundation does have a number of sites and they are not hundreds of miles away.”

In Grand Junction, more than 40 volunteers formerly affiliated with AARP Foundation decided to drop the affiliation this year, said Marie Walz, coordinator for the newly formed Grand Junction VITA Tax-Aid Program.

The Grand Junction volunteers are now affiliated with the Internal Revenue Service VITA program and will help Grand Junction area residents with preparation at three locations, Walz said.

The Grand Junction preparers are certified by the IRS and will assist eligible taxpayers with incomes of $51,600 or less for free.

The Grand Junction VITA sites are:

■ US Bank, 422 White Ave., 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 
Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

■ Wells Fargo Bank, 2808 North Avenue, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

■ Alpine Bank, 125 North Park Square, Fruita, 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

AARP Foundation sites are:

■ AARP Delta Hanson House, 247 Meeker St., Delta, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

■ AARP Cedaredge Community Center, 140 NW Second St., Cedaredge, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Wednesdays.

■ AARP Montrose Pavilion Center, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Tuesdays and Thursdays.

■ AARP High Country RSVP, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, by appointment only. Call (970) 384-8740 to schedule.


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