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AARP Income Tax Program closes at Scottdale library

| Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 2:15 p.m.

The AARP Income Tax Program will not be preparing tax returns at the Scottdale Library this year since certified volunteers are not available in the area.

Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the income tax services may make appointments at other AARP Income Tax Sites in Westmoreland County.

Free preparation of tax returns had been provided in Scottdale for over 25 years.

“We worked hard to try to secure the service again this year,” said Patti Miller, library director. “We thought we had a positive outcome. We actually changed the day of the services three times to try to accommodate them.”

Miller added recruiting took place to find qualified volunteers. Nine people expressed interest, but none showed up for a class.

According to an email from Thomas Lovell, district coordinator for Westmoreland South, the program would like to return to Scottdale in the future but needs at least three people from the area certified to prepare tax returns and willing to work in the program at least two days a week, four to six hours a day, for 10 weeks.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the program next year, may contact Amy Halula at the RVSP Office of Westmoreland Community College, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood PA 15697.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media.