Paul Thieroff, an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, helps  residents file their returns. Photo by Clay Lomneth

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation program and we’re recruiting volunteers in Nevada to assist in the 2017 tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS and all volunteers interested in preparing taxes will receive training on the latest tax preparation forms and software prior to working with taxpayers. Prior tax prep experience is not required. Volunteers are needed for a broad range of roles from on-site greeters to …

Leona Shuler, center, enjoys helping people find their ‘what’s next’ through Life Reimagined. Photo by Gina LeVay

— By Andrea Atkins  Leona Shuler’s parents used to say, “You can’t just come into this world and take, take, take. You’ve got to give back.” That’s why Shuler, 67, a Manhattanite who retired in 1998 from a career as an office manager, keeps on giving with AARP. Her two main activities are helping people find their “what’s next” as lead volunteer coordinator in New York for Life Reimagined and helping people—most of whom are over 50—prepare and file their income …

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Anna Romero, left, talks with fellow volunteers Elaine Chen, center, and Lina Green, right, after a hearing on ConEd's proposed rate increase

— Por Andrea Atkins Anna Romero, de 64 años, reside en Brooklyn y disfruta de las conexiones sociales que forman parte de su trabajo como voluntaria para AARP. “Básicamente me ofrezco como voluntaria para todo”, dice Romero, vicepresidenta jubilada de un banco principal de Nueva York. “Soy una persona muy sociable. Disfruto asociarme y relacionarme con diferentes culturas y personas. Se crean muchas amistades de esa manera”, dice ella. “Trabajar como voluntaria me permite compartir mis experiencias de la vida, mis …

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—               By Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Communications & Media Relations Director CLACKAMAS – The AARP Tax Aide Program has a new State Coordinator. Bob Bruce of Salem recently accepted the volunteer position managing a corps of 1,176 volunteers throughout the state of Oregon.   This year, AARP Tax Aide volunteers helped 87,442 Oregonians file taxes returning almost $56 million in refunds. Tax Aide is a key AARP Foundation program offering a critical, and free, …

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—   AARP Kansas staff, and volunteers from across the state, were joined by members of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new state office location on Friday, May 20th.  The new office is located at 6220 SW 29th Street, Suite 300 in Topeka. It’s near the corner of 29th and Wanamaker and shares the building with the Community Blood Bank. The AARP Kansas state office was formerly located in downtown Topeka at 6th and …

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— Just after the tax filing deadline and in time for spring cleaning, a shredding truck is coming to a city near you. AARP New York, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the AARP Fraud Watch Network and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) are hosting a statewide Shredfest, April 24-May 1. The events will be in New York City, Long Island, the Capital Region, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Elmira, Glens Falls, Binghamton, Nyack and Poughkeepsie. Participants can bring up to three bags of paper …

Once scammed, Chris Hughes, of Richmond Heights, was motivated to help others avoid fraud. Photo by Chris Langer.

— By Sarah Hollander Cris Hughes credits the man who scammed her with giving her the energy and passion to help the next potential victim. When Hughes leads AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops, warning about new scams, she talks about the charlatan who reeled her in at church, where her guard was down. She bought into a Ponzi scheme masquerading as a solid investment. The Richmond Heights resident, 66, learned of Fraud Watch when she began looking for a volunteer opportunity …

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—     Trained volunteers are available throughout Kansas from now until April 15 to help taxpayers prepare their tax returns. AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to …

Gary Rauschenberger of Tax-Aide helps Virginia Day of Butler on her taxes. Photo by Matt Roth.

— By Kathryn Canavan When Gary Rauschenberger walks through the Walmart near his Butler home, shoppers who spot him say, “Oh, that’s my tax man.”“That’s my nickname—the tax man,” he said. Rauschenberger, 64, is not a paid tax preparer. He’s a retired banker who volunteers with Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program with IRS-certified tax preparers who help taxpayers complete their returns for free. Since the program was created in 1968, it has helped more than 50 million taxpayers file their taxes. …

Tax-Aide volunteer Kathy Goeddel of Portland: ‘You help people find money they weren’t expecting.’ Photo by Leah Nash

— By Mac McLean Kathy Goeddel has 32 years of experience helping taxpayers save a chunk of money when they file their returns. Best of all, her service is free. Goeddel, a retired information systems director from Portland, listed two common tax breaks that people sometimes miss: the earned income tax credit and the retirement saver’s credit. There are also tax credits or deductions to help people get back some of the money they spent for child care, health insurance, getting …