VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation service
ANCHORAGE, AK –AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.
Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for 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, 111 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped 8,494 Alaskans file their tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 24 sites in Alaska, including senior centers, community centers, churches, libraries and other convenient locations throughout the state.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves nearly 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.5 million taxpayers annually at some 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help.
In Alaska taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received more than $6.7 million in income tax refunds and more than $1.4 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) in 2017. Nationwide, in 2017 taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.