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AARP Tax Assistance is CANCELLED 

When will Tax-Aide services resume?

I would like to be able to give you an answer to that question!

There are at least 3 variables/unknowns that are out of my reach.

  1. We do not know when the AARP Foundation will give us the green light for resumption of services.  We are assuming it will be tied to individual states rather than a nationwide application.
  2. We do not know when the local host sites (libraries & senior centers) will be allowed to reopen their spaces to us, which is independent of #1 above.
  3. I do not know who among our volunteers will be available to work in the coming months AND among those available, I do not know how many will be willing/comfortable to work under the conditions in which we were working before the shutdown.  (The majority of us are in that vulnerable age range!)

If, and when, we are able to resume our services, it will be two weeks after we receive the notice that we can resume before we will go back to work in order for the public to be informed AND when we resume we will be working no more than 3 weeks.

In answer to the question in the Subject line--I don't know!!

Wendell Wyatt
Tax-Aide Dist. Coordinator
Last update: May 7, 2020


As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide office in Washington, DC suspended all Tax-Aide tax assistance operations indefinitely nationwide in the interest of both volunteers and taxpayers. When our operations resume, you will be notified via this website.

All completed returns have been e-filed and accepted. The IRS continues to accept returns.

In the meantime, please don’t panic! You will NOT be penalized for not filing after the traditional April 15th deadline. We anticipate an announcement to that effect any day. Furthermore, if you are due a refund, the IRS/US Treasury does not care if you EVER file your return because they are using your money!

Our volunteers have not quit for the season. We are on standby to resume serving you when we are given the green light.

There are a limited number of free tax services available. In Cape Girardeau, the A.P.P.L.E Project assists with Missouri PTC/CRP claims and the East MO Action Agency hosts a VITA site for low income taxpayers. Also, there are some free online services.

Please check back at this website periodically for the latest information.

Tax-Aide Dist. Coordinator

Last update: March 16, 2020


Will the AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers help me with my taxes later this year?
"The answer is "Yes", but to the extent that Volunteers are available to assist you AND when the AARP Foundation lifts its suspension.
No one knows how long this pandemic will last.  Neither does anyone know how it may end.  It is my opinion that the AARP Foundation will not send it's volunteers back into small, crowded rooms across the USA to prepare taxes until the threat of contagion has ended.  I expect that to be months!
Both the IRS and MO Dept of Revenue have extended both the filing and payment deadlines until July 15, and may be compelled to extend them again.

Meanwhile, we take caution and care of ourselves.

Tax-Aide Dist. Coordinator
Last update: March 27, 2020



March 2020Jackson

Jackson Book Group

Monday, April 6th @ 7:00 p.m. at Jackson

The group is reading: A Poem of Choice

It's easy to carry a poem, share a poem.

Here are some ideas:
·        Post pocket-sized verses in public places
·         Memorize a poem
·         Add a poem to your email footer
·        Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest
·         Send a poem to a friend


 Friends of Jackson

Spring BOOK sale:
Thursday, April 23, 4:30-6:30 pm. (PREVIEW sale for MEMBERS only)
          You may pay your dues & join the Friends group at this time
Friday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. - noon.

Book donations of books in GOOD CONDITION are welcome anytime and are used for Spring and Fall book sale.
NO TEXTBOOKS, encyclopedias, or READERS DIGEST condensed books.

Meeting times for 2020:
April meeting has been changed to Tuesday, April 14, 4:00 p.m.
Jackson Friends of the Library - Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 4:00 p.m. except January, June, July, August, & December

EVERYONE is invited to the next meeting to be held at the Jackson Riverside Library located at 1997 E. Jackson Blvd in Jackson Missouri.
If you would like to become a Friend, just drop in at any of the meetings, or call (573) 243-8141 ext. 1 for more information.                 

(NO Meetings in January, June, July, August, & December) 

All members are welcome to attend meetings and contribute ideas. All meetings are held at the Main Library of Riverside Regional located at 1997 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson. All money raised is used at the Jackson Branch of Riverside Regional Library.

The Friends are a group of volunteers who promote the public library through fund-raisers. Money earned goes for programs, equipment, books, videos, furniture, or other things the library needs and can't afford to purchase. Being a Friend is a great way to meet other people who are interested in books and the library, to bring public attention to all the materials and services the library has to offer, to encourage and receive gifts, endowments and bequests to the library, and to raise funds to provide special programs for kids, teens, adults, and seniors at the library. If you are not yet a member of the Jackson Friends at the Riverside Regional Library, why not join? Help us make our library GREAT!!!

The Friends have been busy bringing extra support and help for the library.

The other branches of the Riverside Regional Library have organized or are working on plans to organize Friends groups. We look forward to working with them. However, remember that the money the Jackson Friends make will still be used at the Jackson Branch.

Don’t forget that the library often has need of volunteers to help with extra jobs around the library. Some may be short-term but others can be ongoing. Just ask one of the librarians for more information.


The elected officers for the 2020 year:

President - Erika Hamilton
Vice President - Tom Bass
Secretary - Sharon Sparzynski
Membership - Linda Sandlin

Secretary - Barb Morgan
Events - Janell Hinkebein

It is time to renew your membership in the Friends. You may pick up a membership envelope at the circulation desk and leave your dues with the staff or mail your dues to the FOL at the library address (1997 E. Jackson Blvd., Jackson, MO 63755). The cost of dues has not changed.
Members get to shop first on Member Night Only for ALL book Sales.
Do you have IDEAS TO SHARE? Get involved. Come to the meetings of the Friends and share your ideas. Help make our Jackson Branch of RRL really super!

We have four corporate members: Maevers Investments, Montgomery Bank, Bank of Missouri, and Gordonville Grill.

We are hoping to increase our support for the library and suggest that you might help by asking businesses that you frequent to become corporate supporters. The cost is fairly reasonable, $25.00 for the year. Corporate Sponsors receive a certificate suitable for framing and we recognize them when we have organization sponsored activities. Envelopes for becoming members are available at the circulation desks.

It is never too late to join the Friends! Our dues are affordable and it gives you a chance to help your library!

Membership dues are:

Individual $5
Family (Parents and at home children) $10
Business/Corporate $25


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