AARP Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service in the country. Each year from Feb. 1-April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns for middle and low-income taxpayers with special attention given to people 60 and older.
Right now, Tax-Aide representatives in Arizona are recruiting volunteers for tax counseling and/or leadership positions with the program. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Membership in AARP is not required to get involved in the program.
"Volunteers with Tax-Aide get a lot of satisfaction from helping people prepare their taxes," said Diane Pearson, AARP Tax-Aide State Coordinator. "We need people with good computer skills to help out with electronic filing and we need people with basic computer skills who will be taught how to use our computer tax program."
AARP Tax-Aide tax volunteers receive comprehensive training in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. Leadership positions coordinate program delivery by volunteers at sites at the local, state or regional level or manage specific program activities such as technology, training, administration or communication. Although tax training and certification is encouraged, it is not required for many leadership positions. 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-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or visit AARP's Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.
AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated 501 (c) (3) nonpartisan charitable organization.
The AARP Foundation administers publicly and privately funded programs, such as AARP Tax-Aide and the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program. The Foundation also carries out national litigation through AARP Foundation Litigation, and the Washington, D.C. based advocacy programs funded through Legal Counsel for the Elderly. These programs also receive support from AARP.