Frank PerazelliFrank Perazelli of Phoenix, Arizona, retired in 2002, moving here from Connecticut. Prior to retirement he worked for a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in their IT department.

Due to his technical expertise, he was invited by his next-door neighbor to volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program for the 2006 season. He has been volunteering with the program ever since.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program provides free tax return services for those who are low to moderate income. The program has a special focus on seniors and is open to AARP members and non-members alike.

Perazelli was trained and certified through a specialized program offered by the IRS and the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. “You don’t have to be a tax expert to help,” says Perazelli. “AARP and the IRS provide the training every year for those interested in assisting, and every year all of our volunteers go through the same training to get up to date on recent tax laws.”

Perazelli has made his way through the ranks as a volunteer at the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. He served as a Local Coordinator, moving on to District Coordinator, and for the past three years has served as the State Coordinator for the program in Arizona.

He currently oversees all 78 sites in the state from Bullhead City to Douglas, with the largest site located in Prescott. The program has nearly 1,200 volunteers.

“I love being the Arizona State Coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program,” says Perazelli. “While challenging, it’s also very rewarding. Many people look forward to our help in filing their tax returns, and we’re happy to assist them. I have a fantastic group of volunteers and I’m truly grateful for each and every one of them. They make all of our efforts possible through their hard work.”

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