TAX-AIDE seeking volunteers for tax season

AARP’s group of tax-time helpers are seeking some help themselves.

TAX-AIDE is a program that provides free tax return preparation and electronic filing for low- and middle-income members of the community.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Training begins in December, using training materials and software provided by the IRS.

All volunteers must attend training classes and pass the IRS Tests before assisting taxpayers during the tax season.

The TAX-AIDE program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree. Similarly, recipients of TAX-AIDE services do not need to be an AARP member or retiree.

The program is a good way for people who enjoy preparing income tax returns, enjoy helping people and have basic computer skills, program organizes say.

Gail Anundson, a TAX-AIDE volunteer in Sequim for several years, says she continues to volunteer year after year.

“(I do it) because the taxpayers are so appreciative of the TAX-AIDE program,” Anundson says. “The taxpayers and the other volunteers are a joy to work with.”

Complete an online application at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Once an application is processed, a local coordinator contacts the volunteer candidate.

For more information, contact Julia Roberts at 303-887-3178 or jroberts1957@hotmail.com.

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