Reminder: AARP Tax-Aide seeking volunteers for tax counseling

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aarp tax aideAARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, is looking for volunteers for tax counseling positions.

Each year, from Feb. 1 through April 15, trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low- and middle -income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Volunteers will file the tax returns electronically.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, and no prior experience is needed since the organization offers tax law training using free IRS materials. You will learn how to prepare basic tax returns and learn about all the tax deductions and credits that benefit eligible taxpayers. You don’t need to be an AARP member or be a retiree to volunteer (or to receive assistance from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers).

“The AARP Tax-Aide program is a wonderful resource for the American taxpayer,” said Phil DiCrescentis, District Coordinator for Snohomish County. “AARP Tax-Aide volunteers get a great deal of satisfaction from helping people deal with the challenges of preparing their tax returns. If you want to help yourself and others prepare their tax returns, this is the program for you. As always, we need individuals who have good computer skills to assist with electronic filing.”

Last year, over 32,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped over 2 million people across the US file their personal income tax forms. The program is offered at over 7,000 sites around the country including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. “Locally our 80-plus volunteer counselors helped nearly 3,700 people file their federal returns at our 12 sites in Snohomish County,” DiCrescentis said.

AARP Tax-Aide tax counselor volunteers receive comprehensive training in December and January in cooperation with and using training material provided by the Internal Revenue Service. Volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses.

For more information about becoming a local AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, call toll-free 1-888-OURAARP (1-888-687-2277) or visit the AARP web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide. You may also contact Gordon Alexander at gja52@hotmail.com or 360-931-3100.

AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS.

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