AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run, tax counseling and preparation service is currently recruiting volunteers for tax counseling and client assistance throughout Utah for the upcoming 2011 tax season. From Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns for middle and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to people 60 and older.
“Interest in AARP’s Tax-Aide program continues to grow in Utah and we need volunteers from all areas of the state who possess a basic knowledge of tax law and who have good computer skills to assist with electronic filing,” said Jack Dahl, AARP Tax-Aide State Coordinator for Utah. “We also are interested in volunteers who may not be comfortable with preparing tax returns but who would like assist with client greeting and screening,” Dahl continued.
The program provides study materials and extensive training to build upon existing skills, and we provide mentoring and support throughout the required certification process. AARP Tax-Aide counselors receive comprehensive training and are certified by the Internal Revenue Service. Tax-Aide trains counselors to do basic tax returns—the types of returns most families and retired people need to file each year. Preparation and training for the upcoming season begins in mid-November, 2010.
Leadership positions are also available to coordinate community site operations, or to manage specific program activities such as technology, training, administration or communication.
For more information about promoting a Tax-Aide site in your community or becoming a local AARP Tax-Aide volunteer in Utah, please email Taxmanutah@msn.com.
Tax-Aide welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, and Tax-Aide volunteer counselors are not required to be AARP members.