AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season.
Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting those who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions they’ve earned.
Since its inception, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has served more than 68 million taxpayers. The program is seeking volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcomed. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification.
Last year, 251 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 16,000 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at 27 sites in Duval, Clay, Bradford, Putman and St Johns counties, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves 35,000 volunteers and serves over 2.5 million taxpayers annually at nearly 5,000 sites nationwide. In 2018 taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $213 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use Tax-Aide.
To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.