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As tax filing deadline looms, volunteer preparers step up in Baltimore County

As tax filing deadline looms, volunteer preparers step up in Baltimore County

In years past, Phil Nores, a 74-year-old retired computer specialist from Catonsville, would prepare his taxes, photocopy them at the library and drop them in the mail.

For the past three years, he has been going to an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site at the Catonsville Senior Center, where a trained volunteer tax preparer inputs the information he brings into a computer with software provided by the Internal Revenue Service.

"They get tricky when you're retired and you've got a 401 and a TSP and all this other stuff," he said, referring to popular retirement plans, the 401(k) and federal Thrift Savings Plan.

By the time he leaves — appointment slots are...

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