Tax season is finally over, and we 12 volunteers at the Rutland AARP TaxAide and Rutland County shut-in sites would like to publicly thank our 675 clients for your trust in us and for keeping us out of mischief during this year’s difficult cabin fever season. The site has been running for nearly 15 years now, first at Godnick Center, than at Dana, then at Trinity Church, then at City Hall and finally now at one of Mark Foley’s unleased office spaces downtown that he lets us use each year. Thanks, Mark. Our clients are like family members whom we welcome back every year to do their taxes, many in wheelchairs and walkers. Most are elderly, but we also do many low- to moderate-income younger taxpayers’ returns. You were kind to us, and we tried to return the favor by doing your taxes accurately. Average AGI for the downtown site was $16,881, and for the shut-in site was $7,442. Many folks’ income is 100 percent Social Security.
Big thanks especially to Jack Blount, who has quietly but efficiently trained us each year and acted as our ERO (“electronic return originator”) for the past four years. Jack has been with the program since its beginning 14 years ago; he inspires us by his courtesy to clients, attention to detail and deep knowledge of tax law and software issues.
Jim Reddy also deserves a big thank-you. Jim is our shut-in man who dutifully takes his laptop and printer to homes all over Rutland County, from Brandon to Pawlet, in order to do taxes for folks who can’t get out of their homes. They welcome Jim’s friendly visit each year. It’s amazing that there’s any rubber left on his tires.
The Rutland Herald was also a big help. Each time the AARP TaxAide bulletin went in, our scheduler was swamped with appointment calls.
And of course the nine other volunteers who spend many hours training and more hours doing folks’ taxes and helping them complete intake forms deserve lots of gratitude. These are the folks who make Rutland a great place to live — Marsha, June, Anita, Sam, John, Dave, Don, Liz and Sandy. You are the best.
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