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More Than Numbers, Tax-Aide Volunteers Deliver

This year’s tax season had barely closed when Tax-Aide volunteers began making plans for the 2012 tax season. Every tax season since 1968, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program, in cooperation with the IRS, has helped complete tax payers complete their returns free of charge.

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Hundreds of Tax-Aide volunteers helped complete thousands of individuals’ taxes across 80 Kentucky counties this year. During this year’s tax season, they also spotted and recruited a few new volunteers for next year. AARP Foundation needs more volunteers to keep the program strong and it takes a great many new volunteers to do the job across the state’s 90 tax sites. In a recent survey of Kentucky AARP members, 9% said they’re interested in learning more about volunteering with Tax-Aide. If you are one of those members, we want to help you connect and get involved.

If you like numbers, working with people, have a basic understanding of completing tax returns, or have technology skills, Tax-Aide needs you. And not all volunteers provide direct one-on-one help. Volunteers are needed as greeters, schedulers or to provide technical support to tax counselors in the field.

Tax-Aide is a volunteer driven program and an important way to give back to others. Volunteers are trained to file the standard federal and state tax forms. Their training is extensive and starts months before tax season. All volunteer counselors are required to pass a certification test administered by the IRS before they are allowed to process tax forms. When possible, a new Tax-Aide volunteer will work with a veteran preparer before working independently.

When you volunteer with Tax-Aide, it’s one way to make a real difference in your community and get the satisfaction of helping others. Today, about 34,600 trained volunteers have helped more than 2.6 million taxpayers file their taxes annually.

New volunteer training classes for the 2012 tax season are being scheduled beginning in September 2011.

If you have questions, please call AARP toll-free 1-888-227-7669 or visit AARP Foundation Tax-Aide online.

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