I am the site coordinator for the Fort Walton Beach AARP Tax Aide Program. Last year we did 550 tax returns for local residents. Actually, that was down from previous years. For many years we were able to use the library as our site and we usually did around 800 tax returns. Unfortunately, they did some updating of their facility and we could no longer use that site.
Last year we were housed at First Baptist Church but once again we have had to move to a new site. This year, and we hope it will be the first of many years, we are going to be at First Christian Church, 201 St. Mary Ave., Fort Walton Beach. Our hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every Monday and Friday, starting on Feb. 2.
We are part of a national AARP program that provides free tax preparation for seniors and others who have low to moderate income. People do not need an appointment at our site and our goal is to have their tax return completed within an hour. In addition to the Fort Walton Beach site there are AARP sites in Crestview, Niceville, Shalimar and Destin.
Gail A. Wells, Miramar Beach