Filling out income-tax forms can be less stressful this year for those who take advantage of "no-cost, full-service" tax assistance program provided to Westporters through the AARP volunteers. The program will devote special attention to helping local seniors and low- to moderate-income households, according to Barbara Butler, the town's director of human services.

Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal taxes will be offered at two Westport locations beginning Feb. 1 until April 16.

On Wednesdays, appointments may be made at the Center for Senior Activities from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. by calling 203-341-5099. On Mondays, beginning Feb. 6, appointments are available at Westport Town Hall in the Department of Human Services office from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. by calling 203-341-1050.

"This year more residents than ever may qualify for tax credits, particularly the newly instated Earned Income Credit for Connecticut," Butler said in a statement. "In addition to the Connecticut version, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child/Dependent Care Tax Credit may be available to eligible taxpayers providing additional family income."

IRS-certified volunteers provide the service to Westport residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The Human Services Department has partnered with the AARP to offer the program.

Last year almost 300 returns were prepared and filed in Westport, almost all electronically, and more than $200,000 of refunds was returned to local residents, according to the statement.

More information may be obtained by calling the Human Services Department at 203-341-1050.