AARP Tax-Aide

Each year, in late winter and early spring, we offer an AARP Tax-Aide program that helps tribal families file their taxes correctly. In 2017, during the 2016 tax year, 425 community members filed federal and state income taxes with our team. In 2016, during the 2015 tax year, 314 community members completed federal returns, with 257 (nearly 82%) receiving refunds. The average refund was $1,562. For the 57 community members who owed money on their returns, the average amount owed was $645.

Prior to 2013, WSCAT provided tax filing assistance to both the Warm Springs and Madras communities. Since then, we have focused primarily on serving the Warm Springs Reservation community. Over the last eight years, WSCAT has assisted over 2,700 people in filing their income taxes, with over 80% receiving refunds:

Tax Year Population served Federal Returns State Returns Total Federal Refunds Average Refund
2009 Warm Springs 189 185 $268,100  $1,549
Madras 127 106 $114,563  $1,316
2010 Warm Springs 174 173 $212,857  $1,468
Madras 196 193 $199,411 $ 1,466
2011 Warm Springs 183 180 $237,874  $ 1,525
Madras 239 237 $266,892 $ 1,534
2012 Warm Springs 358 358 $421,888 $1,416
2013 Warm Springs 248 234 $328,048 $1,657
2014 Warm Springs 267 263 $342,630  $1,616
2015 Warm Springs 314 310 $401,462 $1,562
2016 Warm Springs 425 425 unavailable unavailable
2,720 2,664 $2,793,725      $1,511 

WSCAT will begin its free Tax-Aide Program for the 2017 tax year on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Service will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 5 pm, from February 6 through Thursday, April 12. We will also provide filing assistance on Monday April 16, the deadline for the 2017 tax year. All tax preparation services are by appointment only; due to high demand we cannot serve walk-in customers.

Beginning on January 8, 2018, tribal and community members interested in making an appointment to file their taxes can call the WSCAT office at 541-553-3148. Time slots are allocated on a first-call, first served basis.

WSCAT’s 2016 AARP Tax-Aide team, from left to right – Nettie Dickson (Program Manager), Clint Jacks, Lori Switzler, Pamela Keough-Douglas, and Leah Guliasi.WSCAT's 2016 AARP Tax-Aide team, from left to right - Nettie Dickson, Clint Jacks, Lori Switzler, Pamela Keough-Douglas, and Leah Guliasi

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