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      Tax season doesn't have to be 'taxing'

      Tax time is officially here, but that doesn't mean it has to be quite as taxing as years past.

      Volunteers with AARP Missouri are helping low-to-moderate-income Missourians file their income tax returns.

      The Tax Aide Program, which is now in its 45th year, is the largest, free, tax assistance and preparation service in the nation.

      Locally, a couple from Macon is partnering with the Northeast Community Action Corporation to help with taxes.

      The program is offered to Missourians of all ages, not just AARP members, to ensure that everyone with a low to moderate income who needs help filing their tax returns receives it. The program is free, but an appointment is necessary to get help with the filing of your taxes.

      "So we have several people that have already called wanting that assistance. It's great to know that they are here to help the community get that service done for free of charge," said Terri Laughlin, Macon County NECAC Coordinator.

      The Tax Aide Program runs through April 15th. Contact the Northeast Community Action Corporation at (660) 385-4616 to set up an appointment.