Tax time causes real anxiety for a lot of us. It feels like something you should be able to do yourself, but there are so many questions, and not everybody can afford to pay somebody else to do it. Help is on the way.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aid sites are soon to open across the state.
They will be open to middle and low-income tax payers of all ages, with a special emphasis on senior citizens.
"Last year in North Dakota at the 11 sites that are operated in the state they helped more then $8,000 people in "North Dakota complete their income tax forms," said Lyle Halvorson, with AARP.
Here's a list of all the sites in our viewing area:
Bismarck - Senior Center, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, beginning Feb. 2.
Dickinson - Public Library, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Feb. 3.
Mandan - Morton-Mandan Public Library, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday; 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, beginning Feb. 2.
Minot - American Red Cross, 2021 4th Ave. NW, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday by appointment only, beginning Feb. 2. Call 701-509-1446 only between 5-7 p.m. weekdays to make an appointment.
Halvorson tells us it really does pay to have someone help you. The volunteers are IRS-certified, so your return will not only be accurate, they will know about benefits, credits and deductions you may have coming to you.
Best of all, it's free.
To find out times and dates, you can call the AARP office or visit the AARP website.