2013-10-25 / Community

Volunteers needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Teams in Cumberland and York counties need volunteers to help residents with the preparation of both their federal and state of Maine income tax returns and to help them find credits and/or deductions. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Volunteers do not need to be retired or AARP members.

In addition to tax preparation, many other volunteer opportunities are available. They include greeting taxpayers as they arrive at tax preparation sites, scheduling appointments, assisting with installation of software, trouble-shooting computer and printer problems, assisting with publicity or assuming one of the several leadership roles.

Volunteers who prepare tax returns receive free training, usually in January, in both federal and state of Maine tax law, as well as in the use of tax software. No prior experience in tax preparation is required, but familiarity with computers is a necessity. Volunteer tax preparers must also pass an IRS open book exam. All volunteers are expected to attend the portion of the training that introduces volunteers to the policies and procedures related to the program.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of four hours per week during the 10-week tax filing season that runs from Feb. 1 through April 15. All volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses, including mileage.

To learn more about the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or contact Prospect Volunteer Coordinator, Joan Jagolinzer at jagolinzer@gwi.net.

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