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RSVP program offering free tax counseling

Free tax counseling is available for those seniors in need through the South Alabama RSVP program.

The program is called Tax Counseling for the Elderly, and it’s for low-income seniors who are disabled and in need of tax filing assistance, RSVP Program Director Charles Smith said.

Tax preparation sites include Atmore City Hall, Brewton Public Library, Flomaton Public Library, the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation at the Lavan Martin Assisted Living Facility and the Spanish Fort Goodwill Easter Seals Office.

“The RSVP program in the county has been going on since the early 1970s,” Smith said. “The program is now under the guidance of the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission Area Agency on Aging.”

Smith said the program, which provides free tax assistance, assists those senior citizens so they don’t have to spend out of their pockets to get their taxes prepared.

Those who are interested in getting help with their taxes need to call 251-867-0255 to make an appointment. All tax forms required will be given over the phone, Smith said.

“When they call for an appointment, we’ll give a list of documents to bring,” he said.

Smith said last year, the program was able to get back over $300,000 in refunds in more than 400 returns done.

He said he lost some volunteers from last year, but has filled those positions lost.

“We’ve got a good group this year,” he said.