AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program, helps low- to moderate-income taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. Tax-Aide provides free tax return preparation for people who need help but can’t afford it. People with low-to-moderate incomes, seniors, people with disabilities and those with limited English skills usually qualify for this free service.
If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in your community, sign up to volunteer. No previous experience is required and you don't have to be an AARP member to volunteer. Volunteers receive specialized training and have the option of serving in a variety of roles. If you’re fluent in a language other than English, you can help those who do not speak English. IRS provides free tax law training and materials that allow volunteers to prepare basic individual income tax returns. Volunteers learn many aspects of tax return preparation and the hours are flexible. Volunteers generally serve an average of four hours per week from mid-January through April 15. As a volunteer, you would become part of a program that has helped people file tax returns at no charge for more than four decades. “You will make a difference. It’s people helping people. It’s that simple.” An application form is available online at http://www.aarp.org/applications/Volunteer_with_AARP_Tax_
Many kinds of volunteer opportunities are available at local sites — from tax volunteers to client facilitators, as well as technology and administrative coordinators. Review the volunteer descriptions below to determine which position might be right for you. If you have questions about the application form or the volunteer opportunities, call the district coordinator, Linda Whitehouse at 817-360-6681. She can also help you identify the location that would be the most convenient for you.
Tax volunteers receive free tax training in December and January. Once trained, they work a few hours a week from late January through mid-April, interacting with clients by filling out tax returns. Even if you don't have accounting or tax preparation experience, becoming a tax volunteer may be right for you if you enjoy working with computers and have a knack for numbers.
Client Facilitators make sure the clients have all the necessary paperwork before meeting with a tax volunteer and manage the flow of clients being served.
Technology coordinators manage computer equipment, work to ensure taxpayer data security or provide technical assistance to volunteers at multiple sites on technology issues.
Leadership & Administrative
Leadership and administrative positions at the local and district levels manage volunteers, make sure program operations run smoothly, track volunteer assignments and site activities along with ensuring adherence to the program's processes.
“Get the joy and satisfaction of helping others by applying to join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer team today! Your expertise will be appreciated more than you can imagine.”