Free Tax Prep


Save money. Maximize your refund.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The start of Free Tax Prep in Anchorage was delayed. Due to COVID safety precautions there will be very limited capacity for Tax-Aide services, and any assistance will be by appointment only – there are no walk-in sites.

Currently, tax volunteers are working through a backlog of calls on an appointment waiting list.

Watch this website for when you will be able to call and schedule an appointment.

An AARP Tax-Aide volunteer will contact you to schedule an appointment once you are able to call and get on the list.

You may also submit a request for help to AARP Tax-Aide using an online form here (select “have someone prepare my taxes” and “request help” to access the form) or see below for FREE online options.


2021 Free Tax Prep Info

Certified tax preparers with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are ready to help taxpayers in the Municipality of Anchorage with a new safe and secure delivery model.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, appointments are required. There are no walk-in sites.

Taxpayers will come to a scheduled appointment at a scanning site for a brief interview and have tax documents scanned. A tax preparer will prepare the return remotely and will call the taxpayer if there are any questions during preparation. The taxpayer will have a second appointment to sign and pick up the return when it is finished. Virtual appointments are also available – a camera, microphone, and the ability to scan your own tax documents and use Google Meet are required. 

Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 for information on how to make an appointment.

Online options for Free Tax Prep are available at or 

Click here for a list of documents to bring.


Facebook Live Series: Making Tax Filing Easier

It’s tax time, and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are ready to help you through a series of Facebook Live events and free tax prep assistance by appointment.

Join us on the United Way of Anchorage or the Anchorage Public Library Facebook page on Thursdays for 10 weeks beginning January 28 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. as Tax-Aide tax preparers or IRS staff talk about a tax topic. Feel free to submit your questions in the comments.

  • 02/25/2021 – COVID-Related Recovery Rebate Credit/Economic Impact Payments
  • 03/04/2021 – COVID-Related Tax Law Changes for Self-Employed Taxpayers
  • 03/11/2021 – Taxes and Your College Student
  • 03/18/2021 – Investing in Retirement and Your Taxes
  • 03/25/2021 – What to Do About Unfiled Taxes From Past Years
  • 04/01/2021 – Planning for Next Tax Year & Filing an Extension if Necessary

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Save Your Refund

Alaska Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial future.

Click here for tips and tools to help you set goals, make a plan and start saving.

Learn more about entering to win $5,000 and many other great prizes when you save just $50 of your tax refund this year.

Commit to split and save with Form 8888 and you’ll receive reminders to help make sure you save and enter SaveYourRefund.


Call for Volunteers!

Free tax services require the help of many volunteers each year. Learn more about how to get involved!