The AARP Tax-Aide program, a community service developed by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, is seeking volunteers.
AARP Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-run counseling service in the nation. Last year in the Monadnock Region, a team of 17 volunteers staffed five sites and helped over 600 families with tax questions, tax preparation and filing of their federal and state tax returns. The program provides this assistance at no charge to taxpayers, with special attention given to senior citizens. Local sites are the Keene YMCA, the Keene Public Library, the Jaffrey Public Library, New Ipswich Library and Chamberlin Library in Greenville.
The program is seeking volunteers to staff all locations. Volunteers will receive training in tax law, procedures for income tax return preparation, and the use of tax preparation software. Volunteers must pass an IRS exam to qualify as IRS certified tax preparers.
Tax counselor volunteers are expected to provide four hours per week tax assistance from Feb. 1 to April 15 under the supervision of a local coordinator. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.
Volunteers do not need to be members of AARP, retirees or have previous tax training to volunteer.
In addition to tax counselors, several other positions are available including: Greeter, Local Coordinator, and Technology Specialist. These positions do not require IRS certification in tax law.