BISMARCK — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites across North Dakota begin to open this week to help people prepare their 2018 tax returns. This free service is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older.

Taxpayers do not have to be an AARP member to participate.

IRS-certified volunteers are trained to assist in filing accurate returns and help taxpayers receive all of the benefits, credits and deductions to which they are entitled. All AARP Tax-Aide sites e-file returns, also at no cost, which helps taxpayers receive refunds quickly. Every taxpayer’s return is quality reviewed and all information is kept confidential.

Last year in North Dakota 8,980 people were helped with their federal and state tax returns. This year more than 100 volunteer preparers and client facilitators will staff 11 sites across the state.

Communities with Tax-Aide offices include:

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  • Fargo: Olivet Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, beginning Friday, Feb. 1.

  • Moorhead: Hjemkomst Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Thursday, Feb. 7.

  • West Fargo: Faith Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 5.

Individuals should ensure that they have all of the documents they need to file before coming to a Tax-Aide site, including Social Security cards, photo IDs, and a copy of last year’s tax returns.

AARP Tax-Aide sites will remain open until April 15.