By Angela Cortez
Special to The PREVIEW
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season.
Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions they’ve earned.
Since its inception, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has served more than 68 million taxpayers. The program is seeking volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification.
Last year, 3,073 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 31,257 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 61 sites in Colorado, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves 35,000 volunteers and serves over 2.5 million taxpayers annually at nearly 5,000 sites nationwide.
In 2018, taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $213 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use Tax-Aide.
To learn about our volunteer opportunities, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call (888) OUR-AARP [(888) 687-2277]. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, the foundation serves AARP members and nonmembers alike.
By Angela Cortez