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 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 seven years, WSCAT has assisted nearly 2,300 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

2,295

2,239

$2,793,725

     $1,511 

WSCAT will begin its free Tax-Aide Program for the 2016 tax year on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Service will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 5 pm, from February 7 through Thursday, April 13. We will also provide filing assistance on Monday April 17, the deadline for the 2016 tax year. All tax preparation services are by appointment only; due to high demand we cannot serve walk-in customers.

Beginning on February 7, 2017, 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, Clint Jacks, Lori Switzler, Pamela Keough-Douglas, and Leah Guliasi

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.

 

 

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