2017-11-08 / Community & Local News

Tax-prep volunteer wanted for Valley

CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- Not going south for the winter? Looking for something interesting, challenging and rewarding to help our Maine cold, dark winter months seem to go just a little faster? Consider joining a team of dedicated AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who prepare and electronically file federal and state income tax returns for low to moderate income tax payers Fridays at the Carrabassett Public Library. This program is provided totally free of charge to eligible taxpayers. Help your neighbors take away the frustration and stress often associated with income tax preparation.

Although the 2018 tax filing season is still months away, recruiting and volunteer orientation is done in the fall. Training is in January with actual return preparation starting in February. The popularity of this program with volunteers is evidenced by the fact that a majority of them continue with the program until health or family issues surface or they decide to become “snow birds.” The demand for the AARP Tax-Aide program increases each year. Hence, due to both growth and attrition, new volunteers are needed each year. Contact them now to learn more and/or volunteer. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and do not need to be “of a certain age” or members of AARP.

In addition to tax preparation, many other volunteer opportunities are available. These include greeting taxpayers, trouble-shooting computer and printer problems, assisting with publicity or assuming one of several leadership roles.

Once trained, volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of four hours per week over the 10-week tax filing season. Many volunteers opt for more. All volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses, including mileage.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance program. Last spring in Maine, at 65 locations, 286 volunteers met with, answered questions and prepared returns for more than 24,000 Maine taxpayers. In order to continue this service as well as grow, volunteers are needed.

To learn more or volunteer, visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or contact district coordinator Joan Jagolinzer at jagolinzer@gwi.net. (AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.)

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