What do thousands of older, low and middle-income Mainers do when facing tax time stress? They turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free tax assistance and preparation program, and its dedicated corps of volunteers. This year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide needs help from volunteers in communities across Maine to get the job done.
“Being a Tax-Aide volunteer is the most gratifying experience I have ever had in terms of helping others,” says Curtis Bean, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide State Coordinator. “Tax time can be challenging for everyone, but it can be particularly stressful for those with limited resources. We see people come to our sites who are so fearful of the process, but after meeting with us, they walk out with gratitude and peace of mind. As a volunteer, there is no greater reward.”
No Experience Necessary
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers assist individuals with the preparation of their federal and state basic income tax returns. Even if you don’t have accounting or tax preparation experience, becoming a Tax-Aide volunteer may be right for you. AARP provides training in tax law procedures, preparing tax forms and using tax preparation software. Training is provided in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service.
Helping Thousands of Residents
In 2011, 250 volunteers helped over 20,000 Mainers with returns and tax-related inquiries. An impressive 14,386 returns were filed through the program, all for free. This represents a 12% increase over the number of Mainers helped in 2010!
“Every year, thousands of people return to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and our volunteers are a big reason for that. They are friendly, helpful, and know what they’re doing,” explains Bean.
Volunteer in Your Community
From Feb. 1-April 15, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers provide face-to-face assistance across 81 sites throughout Maine. Typically, you’ll find local sites at:
- Senior Centers
- Community Centers
- Public Libraries
In addition to helping with regular tax returns, volunteers also:
- Assist with electronic filing
- Prepare Amended Returns
- Answer questions online
- Provide help to individuals who are unable to leave their homes
Find Out More and Sign Up Today
Sign up online or call 1-866-554-5380.
AARP Tax-Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.
AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. The Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable people 50+ by creating solutions that help them secure the essentials and achieve their best life. Find more information about AARP Foundation online.