AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program at 43 sites in Delaware, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations, from Feb. 1 through April 18.

Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and nonmembers and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. Since 1968, Tax-Aide has helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers.

“This great program makes a huge difference in people’s lives,” said AARP Delaware State Director Lucretia Young. “It’s a valuable service that gives people better financial resilience regardless of their age.”

In 2016, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped 2.7 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.41 billion in income tax refunds and more than $240 million in earned income tax credits.

In 2016 in Delaware, 137 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 11,000 people file their federal and state tax returns.

For information on documents to bring to the tax site or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 888-227-7669.