Johns Announces Several Free Tax Prep Programs for Seniors and Others in Community

January 11, 2012

As tax season approaches, Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster) wishes to inform seniors of free tax-preparation services available throughout the district. Free tax-preparation services are being offered by the AARP at several area senior centers and the Empire Justice Center’s C.A.S.H. (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) program in Rochester.

“In addition to the financial pressures presented by taxes, the time and stress associated with tax preparation can be a toll on many taxpayers who cannot afford to pay an accountant or a tax- preparation program,” said Johns. “For those in need of assistance, guidance and financial advice, programs offered by AARP and the Empire Justice Center are timely resources for our area seniors and struggling working families.”

Seniors are encouraged to call AARP to schedule an appointment at the following senior centers within the 135th Assembly District:

  • Penfield Senior Center, 1985 Baird Road
    Wednesdays – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Call 340-8655
  • Perinton Senior Center, 1350 Turk Hill Road
    Thursdays – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Call 223-1617
  • East Rochester Senior Center, 120 West Commercial Street
    Fridays – 9 a.m. to noon – Call 385-3643

Although the AARP tax-preparation program is targeted to assist seniors, all are welcome.

The Empire Justice Center’s CASH program is located on West Main Street in Rochester. This program is available to individuals of any age. More information can be found at their Web site.

Questions and inquiries often can be answered by the IRS or New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. For federal tax matters, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040, for forms 1-800-829-3676, or visit For New York State tax matters, call (518) 457-5181, for forms (518) 457-5431, or visit