Tax-Aide program seeks new volunteers
BURLINGTON >> AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation.
Tax season, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers help prepare federal and state tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome and some computer skills are an extra bonus. You do not need to be an AARP member nor a retiree and no prior experience in tax preparation is necessary. All ages are welcome. Volunteers are needed not only to calculate taxes, but to greet taxpayers to keep the site running smoothly.
Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS exam. They help residents one-on-one at tax sites in their own communities across Vermont. It's a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and help others in your community.
A special information and introductory training session is scheduled for Oct. 24-25, 2016 at the AARP Offices at 199 Main Street, Suite 225 in Burlington. Participants will learn how to use computers to prepare federal and state tax returns. Sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register or for more information, please email Dominic Di Cicco at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-878-8091. Or, for more information on how you can join the AARP Tax-Aide Program, you can also visit our web site at www.aarp.org/money/taxaide/. To register as a volunteer for AARP-Tax Aide you can start and register on-line at www.aarp.org/apps/Volunteer_with_AARP_Tax_Aide/.
Tax-Aide volunteers are asked to give a minimum commitment of at least one four hour shift per week from February 1 through April 15 at a site close to home. Nationwide, more than 35,000 Tax Aide volunteers serve about 2.6 million taxpayers annually. Last year in Vermont, some 170 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 10,000 Vermont taxpayers at 66 sites across the state.
"Many older, low-income taxpayers miss out on the credits and deductions they've earned because they can't afford to pay for professional tax preparation," said Dave Reville from AARP Vermont. "AARP Foundation Tax-Aide addresses this community need with volunteers who are not only helping their neighbors, but also learning new skills and giving their mind a workout as well."
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