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Help Those Who Need it Most - Volunteer with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. And we want you to join us (or use us).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers at one site preparing 100 tax returns. It now involves more than 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.6 million taxpayers annually at more than 5,000 sites nationwide. In fact, it is one of the most effective volunteer programs in America.

That could not be more true right here in Idaho. Each year more than 300 volunteers across the Gem State help around 30,000 Idahoans prepare their tax returns. You will find volunteers in nearly every community, including north Idaho, where we prepare returns in Athol, Bonners Ferry, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Post Falls, Priest River, Rathdrum and Sandpoint. That also includes parts of eastern Washington in the cities of Newport, Pullman and Clarkston.  In fact, per capita, Idaho has one of the most robust Tax-Aide programs in the country.

Even though we have grown a lot, we are still all about the grassroots. You will be helping people in your own community with a much-needed service that is free, individualized and has no strings attached.

Who will you help as a volunteer?

Almost four out of five people who turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are 60 or older. Household incomes are not high. For many of them, a tax refund could mean they will not have to choose between paying for groceries or medication and keeping the lights on. And just to be clear, our services are available to anyone - young or old, AARP member or not.

Who volunteers?

People like you. There is a role for everyone and believe it or not, this is a fun group of folks. People that enjoy preparing taxes must maintain a good sense of humor. How could you not?

Good with numbers? Be a tax volunteer.

You will work with taxpayers directly; filling out tax returns and helping them seek a refund. Experience is not necessary — we will train you on the latest tax preparation forms and software.

Skilled in all things digital? Be a technology coordinator.

You will manage computer equipment, ensure taxpayer data security and provide technical assistance to volunteers at multiple sites.

Love working with people? Be a greeter.

You will welcome taxpayers, help organize their paperwork and manage the overall flow of service.

Want to help us get the word out? Be a communications coordinator.

You will promote AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and recruit volunteers in your community.

Have a knack for running things? Be a leadership or administrative volunteer.

Manage volunteers, make sure program operations run smoothly, track volunteer assignments and site activities, and maintain quality control.

Tax volunteers are some of the best people you will ever meet. Many have been doing this for years and years, and have built relationships with the people and communities they serve. Many come from professional backgrounds and spend their weekends or evenings doing this work. For most, it is a labor of love.

For people of any age, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the perfect volunteer opportunity that works your mind while warming your heart.

Visit aarp.org/taxvolunteer to sign up to be a Tax-Aide volunteer in your community.

Get the joy and satisfaction of helping others by applying to join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer team today! Your expertise will be appreciated more than you can imagine.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

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