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HAGUE - The local AARP Tax-Aide program will kick off Monday, Feb. 1.

IRS-certified tax preparers will offer free tax assistance, preparation and electronic filing through April 15. Volunteer counselors will help clients by appointment only, Mondays and Wednesdays, at the Hague Community Center on Graphite Mountain Road in Hague.

Tax assistance will also be available in Ticonderoga on three Thursdays: Feb. 11, Feb. 25 and March 11.

To schedule an appointment, call the Hague Community Center at 543-6161.

Counselors' training included changes for tax year 2009 related to first time homebuyer credit, new vehicle sales tax deduction, education and residential energy.

Last year, the local volunteers prepared over 100 returns. In all, they assisted about 180 people, many of whom simply needed answers to questions. Nationally, more than 34,000 specially-trained volunteer tax preparers working at 6,500 sites, assisted more than 2.6 million taxpayers.

The services are offered free of charge. The AARP Foundation and Internal Revenue Service sponsor the national program; the local sponsor is the Hague Chamber of Commerce.

People do not have to be a member of AARP.

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