AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. With the growing popularity of the program, AARP is looking for even more volunteers to join other compassionate and friendly individuals to assist.
Last year in North Carolina, over 1,100 tax aide volunteers at more than 100 sites helped 77,776 individuals save $7,402,793 in earned income tax credits. Unlike other tax services, AARP Tax Aide is free and available in person or online.
AARP North Carolina State Director Doug Dickerson explains, “AARP offers free tax preparation help to anyone, with special attention to older, low-income taxpayers. We understand that many individuals may miss out on credits and deductions they’ve earned because they can’t afford to pay for professional tax preparation. That’s why Tax Aide is so valuable when it comes to helping people keep more of the money they’ve earned.”
Dickerson added, “Tax Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. And, as our current volunteers tell us, you’ll not only learn new skills, but also get a great feeling from helping someone else. If you’re interested in making a difference in your community, we’ve got a role for you!”
AARP points out that Tax Aide volunteers don’t have to be tax or financial experts because there is a role for everybody. For example:
Good with the fine print? Be a volunteer tax preparer.
You'll work with taxpayers directly; filling out tax returns and helping them seek a refund. Experience isn't necessary — AARP provides training and IRS certification.
Love working with people? Be a client facilitator.
You'll welcome taxpayers, help organize their paperwork and manage the overall flow of service.
Skilled in all things digital? Be a technology coordinator.
You'll manage computer equipment, ensure taxpayer data security and provide technical assistance to volunteers at multiple sites.
Want to help get the word out? Be a communications coordinator.
You'll 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.
Speak a second language? You're urgently needed!
There is a big demand for bilingual speakers in all roles. There is also a need for dedicated interpreters who can assist other volunteers.
Get that great feeling from helping your neighbors in need by joining our volunteer team today!
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.
Volunteer Policy: AARP Foundation volunteers will receive equal opportunity and treatment throughout recruitment, appointment, training and service. There will be no discrimination based on age, disabilities, gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, economic status or sexual orientation.