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 2018, during the 2017 tax year, 421 community members filed federal and state income taxes with our team, with 380 (slightly over 90%) receiving refunds, averaging $1,911 per person.  In 2017, during the 2016 tax year, 396 community members completed federal returns, with 321 (about 80%) receiving refunds. The average refund, for those who received refunds that year, was $1,494.  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 81% receiving refunds:

Tax year Population served Federal Returns Received federal refund Total federal refunds Average federal refund
2009 Warm Springs 189 173 $268,100 $1,549
Madras 127 87 $114,563 $1,316
2010 Warm Springs 174 145 $212,857 $1,468
Madras 196 136 $199,411 $ 1,466
2011 Warm Springs 183 156 $237,874 $ 1,525
Madras 239 174 $266,892 $ 1,534
2012 Warm Springs 358 298 $421,888 $1,416
2013 Warm Springs 248 198 $328,048 $1,657
2014 Warm Springs 267 212 $342,630 $1,616
2015 Warm Springs 314 257 $401,462 $1,562
2016 Warm Springs 396 321 $479,579 $1,494
2017 Warm Springs 421 380 $727,090 $1,911
3,112 2,537 $4,000,394 $1,577

WSCAT usually begins its free Tax-Aide Program in mid-February of each year. Service takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 5. All tax preparation services are by appointment only; due to high demand we cannot serve walk-in customers.

To make an appointment, 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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