Income tax is an especially relevant topic this time of year. The Williamsburg chapter of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) enjoyed a lively presentation on this subject at its February meeting.
The speaker was Les Jones, who is the Eastern Region Coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Mr. Jones has been a volunteer with the foundation for fifteen years.
Through AARP the foundation provides assistance with income tax preparation for persons in the low-to-medium income range. It also assists persons aged fifty-five and above.
The foundation is staffed by volunteers who receive tax training, and he urged anyone with an interest to join the Tax-Aide program.
In addition to remarks about Tax-Aide, Mr. Jones spoke generally about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is the new tax law that will be implemented for next year's filing season. He also answered questions from the audience regarding this year's taxes.
And he made one recommendation for everyone: File a tax form, even if your financial situation does not require it, to prevent identity theft. Otherwise someone can file a fraudulent form using your name and social security number.
NARFE (www.narfe.org) is a national organization with membership open to active and retired federal employees. Its mission includes protecting the benefits of federal employees and retirees, and it provides guidance to current and future annuitants regarding retirement matters. NARFE's local chapter is the Williamsburg Colonial Chapter 685, which has a monthly lunch meeting and program. For additional information contact Jeff.Fratter@gmail.com.
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