Tax Help 2022

A few organizations will be offering appointment-only free tax help in our communities. See the options for your area below.

Clark County

AARP Tax-Aide (special attention to taxpayers 60+)

· All returns will be prepared by appointment only from February 1 through April 18.
· No walk-ins.
· Masks are required for service.

AARP plans to offer senior-focused TCE service—with special attention to those aged 60 or older—at Vancouver Community Library, Cascade Park Community Library, Marshall/Luepke Center, and Vancouver United Church of Christ.

Eligibility

The AARP Tax-Aide program, administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS, provides free income tax assistance to all eligible taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 or older.

Volunteers will assist in preparing basic federal and Oregon tax forms for personal tax returns. They can assist with most of your everyday tax situations including Affordable Care Act forms, Health Savings Account forms, and filing for Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit.

However, volunteers cannot help you if you:

  • Have a business with employees, inventory, net loss, or expenses over $35,000, or have income from a hobby
  • Want to file Married Filing Separately
  • Have rental income from land with a structure
  • Are filing a Part-Year Oregon return (we file Non-resident and Full-Year Resident Oregon returns only)

There are other complicated tax situations that may be beyond the scope of the AARP volunteers. You may want to seek tax advice from a paid tax professional.

Tax returns are electronically filed as a free service by Tax-Aide.

Locations

Cascade Park Community Library
Wed/Thurs - 11:00-4:00, Saturdays 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9 - 11:00-4:00
600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver

Marshall/Luepke Center
Thurs/Fri - 11:00-4:00
1009 E McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver

Vancouver Community Library (Habla Espanol)
Mon/Sat - 11:00-4:00
901 C St, Vancouver

Vancouver United Church of Christ
Tues/Fri - 11:00-4:00
1220 NE 68th St, Vancouver

Appointments

  • Appointments must be made online at the Tax-Aide website.
  • Appointments are being released in 2-week blocks on Sundays.
  • Important: Once you have made an appointment, you must pick up an instruction packet from one of the FVRLibraries or Marshall/Luepke Center and complete all forms before your appointment.

How to make an appointment for free tax preparation with AARP:

  1. To find a Tax-Aide site near you, navigate to the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator at the AARP Tax-Aide site and complete the following actions:
  2. Click "Locate Sites Near Me." A map will display and prompt you to provide address information. Select "Change location" to clear the current map location.
  3. Enter geographical information such as zip code, county, or city and state and click "Search."
  4. Scroll down the page to view the site details and schedule.
  5. Choose your preferred Tax-Aide Site location and click the "More details" button.
  6. View the site information, and select the "Register" button.
  7. A pop-up window will appear. Click "Continue."
  8. Select "Make an appointment" and use the calendar icon to select a date. Appointments are released in 2-week blocks, so if no appointments are displayed, either try a different date or check back later.
  9. Select the date and time that is convenient for you, then scroll down and click the "Make appointment" button.
  10. Enter your information in all of the fields listed. You must supply a valid email address so that you can receive your appointment confirmation and an appointment reminder.
  11. You may choose to select/clear “Please keep in touch with me by email about AARP Foundation activities” to receive AARP Foundation information.
  12. Click "Review Appointment" and double-check all of your information.
  13. Click "Confirm Information." You will then be assigned an appointment reference number which you should record in case you need to change your appointment.
  14. You will receive a confirmation by email of the date and time of your appointment, along with links to documents you need to complete and bring to the site and other information that will be helpful to you.
  15. You will also receive reminder emails prior to your appointment.

Appointments will be available in 2-week blocks to allow sites to adjust to volunteer availability and any changes in CDC health guidelines. If no appointments are available, please revisit the site after a few days. AARP will not be able to collect information for a wait list. You will need to check back for any new appointment availability.

VITA Tax Assistance (lower-income households)

· All returns will be prepared by appointment only from February 1 through April 16.
· No walk-ins.
· Masks are required for service.

Volunteers from Ren Locus and WSU will offer VITA service—with a focus on lower-income households—at Battle Ground Community Library and Salmon Creek Church.

Eligibility

The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:

  • People who generally make $58,000 or less
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers

Find more information about VITA service.

Locations

Salmon Creek Church
Tues/Thurs 6-9 pm
12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver

Battle Ground Community Library
Sat 10-4 pm
1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground

Appointments

Appointments must be made in advance either online at the Ren Locus site or by calling 360-230-8030.

Please visit the IRS website for the complete list of what to bring to your appointment.

Skamania County

AARP Tax-Aide (special attention to taxpayers 60+)

· All returns will be prepared by appointment only from February 1 through April 16.
· No walk-ins.
· Masks are required for service.

AARP plans to offer senior-focused TCE service—with special attention to those aged 60 or older—at Stevenson Community Library.

Eligibility

The AARP Tax-Aide program, administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS, provides free income tax assistance to all eligible taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 or older.

Volunteers will assist in preparing basic federal and Oregon tax forms for personal tax returns. They can assist with most of your everyday tax situations including Affordable Care Act forms, Health Savings Account forms, and filing for Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit.

However, volunteers cannot help you if you:

  • Have a business with employees, inventory, net loss, or expenses over $35,000 or have income from a hobby
  • Want to file Married Filing Separately
  • Have rental income from land with a structure
  • Are filing a Part-Year Oregon Return (we file Non-resident and Full Year Resident Oregon returns only)

There are other complicated tax situations that may be beyond the scope of the AARP volunteers. You may want to seek tax advice from a paid tax professional.

Tax returns are electronically filed as a free service by Tax-Aide.

Location and Appointments

Stevenson Community Library
Sat - 11:00-3:00 (call 509-427-5471 to make an appointment)
120 NW Vancouver Ave, Stevenson

Important: Once you have made an appointment you must pick up an instruction packet from one of the FVRLibraries or Marshall/Luepke Center and complete all forms prior to your appointment.

Klickitat County

Gorge Tax-Aide

AARP will not be offering in-person tax help in Klickitat County this year. Please email gorgetaxaide@gmail.com to connect with a tax law-certified AARP volunteer serving the mid-Columbia Gorge/North Central Oregon region.