VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM
Nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service
AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers in Maine for the upcoming tax filing season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that, during the tax season, offers free tax filing help to those who need it most, especially to adults 50 and older.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for individuals with every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership, on-site greeters, those who can provide technical assistance and interpreters who can provide language assistance.
Last year, in Maine, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 25,000 taxpayers with their tax questions and return preparation for both federal and state of Maine income tax returns. The program is offered at 70 locations throughout Maine, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. The program is totally free to all eligible taxpayers, including free electronic filing.”
“Many older, low-income taxpayers miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned because they cannot afford to pay for professional tax preparation” said, Joan Jagolinzer, former Maine State Coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide. “AARP Foundation Tax-Aide addresses the community need with volunteers who are not only helping their neighbors, but also learning new skills and giving their mind a workout as well.”
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves nearly 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.7 million taxpayers annually at more than 5,000 locations nationwide. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.41 billion in income tax refunds and more than $240 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Individuals do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to volunteer and/or to use the program.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Joan Jagolinzer via e-mail at email@example.com or visit www.aarpfoundation/org/taxaide or call 1-888-687-2277. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.
About AARP Foundation: AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at aarpfoundation.org