Volunteers needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—AARP Foundation is looking to build a team of volunteers for the 2016 tax season.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income. Volunteer opportunities are available for Arkansans at every level of experience who want to stay sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop from the IRS prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership, on-site greeters, those who are skilled in technology, and dedicated translators who can provide language assistance in Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese.
To volunteer, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or call 1-888-OURAARP (1-888-687-2277).
Last year, 258 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 25,000 Arkansans file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 26 sites in Arkansas including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. Arkansas taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $16 million in income tax refunds and $3.76 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).
“As people age, they don’t challenge their minds nearly as much as they did when they were younger,” said Lydia Plant, Arkansas State Administrator for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. “AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are not only helping people within their community; they are giving their mind a workout as well.”
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48 th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. P ersonal attention and assistance ensures that taxpayers of all ages and backgrounds receive applicable tax credits and deductions. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves more than 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.6 million taxpayers annually at more than 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $250 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org .