Daily Archives: April 11, 2008

Pain-free tax filing

I just had the best tax-filing experience of my life.

I know that may not be saying much, but I still felt a sense of exhilaration after getting my taxes squared away by a team of AARP Tax Aide volunteers at the Bainbridge library today. It’s one thing to not have to figure your taxes out yourself. It’s another thing to get them done with actual, real-life people. I’m not old enough to join the AARP but I do remember when I had to fiddle a lot less with Internet forms or haggle with phone robots who addresses me as TEEERist’n BEEorrik.

The AARP tax helpers smile the whole time and crack jokes while doing long division and data entry. It’s not like when you go to some state or federal offices and they sigh a heavy sigh because you forgot to fill out your W6I2B-VZ, sign it in purple ink, fold it into an origami crane and click your heels nine times. Plus, the AARP’s tax helpers sent my check off for me and loaded me up with advice for next year.

You gotta hand it to the AARP’s volunteers: they spend hours a day doing what most of us dread doing for an entire year.

Their last day at the library is Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can find them downstairs near the children’s section. Bring your papers, sign in and bring a book for the short wait (or find one on a nearby shelf). For more info, visit the AARP’s Tax Aide site here.