July 17, 2018

Tax-aide program seeks new volunteers

AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation. 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, some computer skills are an extra bonus. 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 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, email Dominic Di Cicco at domdi@yahoo.com or call 878-8091. Or, for more information on how you can join the AARP Tax-Aide Program, visit aarp.org/money/taxaide. To register to volunteer, go to the online form at aarp.org/apps/Volunteer_with_AARP_Tax_Aide.

Tax-Aide volunteers are asked to give a minimum commitment of one four-hour shift per week from Feb. 1 through April 15 at a site close to home.

“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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