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Help Older Michiganians with Their Taxes

With the help of volunteers, AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax preparation services to millions of low-and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. AARP Michigan is seeking volunteers throughout the state to help others during the 2010 tax season, February 1 through April 15.

“You don’t have to be a lawyer or accountant to help others through Tax-Aide, just someone who wants to volunteer and who can balance a checkbook,” said Karen Kafantaris, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Service.

In 2010, 1,118 tax aide volunteers in Michigan worked on 41,743 federal returns and 51,767 state tax returns for residents who needed help, according to Cal Strom, coordinator of Michigan’s program.

Strom said the state is fairly will set for volunteers in most of the highly populated areas of the state, but there’s a need for aides in more sparsely populated Northern Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula.

“We are looking for volunteers in the northern area, above Bay City and Cadillac,” Strom said.

“It’s a very rewarding experience, very satisfying being able to help the seniors, who are our target group,” he added.

National surveys of Tax-Aide volunteers have shown well over 90 percent were satisfied with their experience. Volunteers receive free training in cooperation with the IRS and the AARP Foundation, which administers the program.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. They help taxpayers at sites around the state, learning new skills while they give back to countless communities. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to participate.
Find out more information about becoming a Tax-Aide volunteer, or call the AARP Michigan State Office toll free at 1-877-227-7448.

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