Click here to open the 2016 Version of Sam Kaplan's AARP TaxAide TaxHelper. This is a work in progress and will be updated as 2016 information becomes available.

This is a 2-page matrix of links to many sources of tax information. It is useful for obtaining quick help when preparing Federal and NY taxes, particularly for tax counselors using TaxSlayer software. The entries in this tool are organized with a sequence similar to that used by TaxSlayer and in approximate line order of forms 1040 and IT-201.

After selecting a link, you can go back to the main page by using your browser "back" button.  It is a good idea to create a TaxHelper home page bookmark in your browser for quick access.

Some considerations:

1.  Internet Explorer:  TaxHelper software works best with the Internet Explorer browser using the Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin. However, there are different versions of Acrobat Reader and they behave differently. If you are using Acrobat versions X or XI, which can be recognized by the following icon no settings need to be changed. However, if you are using the latest version of the Acrobat Reader desginated as Reader DC, recognized by this icon , then, in order to prevent the right hand pane from repeatedly appearing, you must make the following change in the Preferences:

Should the right pane and/or the lower black toolbar appear, follow these instructions to eliminate them.
sample page of taxhelper

If you are using Internet Explorer with any version of Acrobat Reader and find that the displayed text is difficult to read and pixelated, be sure that you are using the following settings in the Preferences:

Also with Internet Explorer the following setting will insure that every time you open the IE Browser all links will be refreshed. This will insure that if a new version is posted, the most recent version of TaxHelper will load.

  1. Select Tools >> Internet Options.
  2. Click the Settings button in Browsing History.
  3. Select the Every time I start Internet Explorer radio button.
  4. Click OK to close the Settings dialog.
  5. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog.

I would appreciate any feedback you might have.  If you do have issues running this software (e.g., improper rendering of pages, broken links, etc.), please let me know which browser you are using and which pdf reader (Acrobat, Foxit, etc.) is used by the browser.  Also, I would appreciate any suggestions for improving this tool.

Sam Kaplan (
Webster, NY Instructor and ERO