VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP ASSIST NEIGHBORS WITH THEIR TAXES
AUSTIN, Texas — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers for the 2018 tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service.
AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson has seen first-hand the difference that Tax-Aide volunteers make in communities around Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and across the state.
“When you assist older, lower-income folks who might otherwise miss out on the benefits they’ve earned, you’re not just donating time and energy to a good cause—you’re making a difference in someone’s life,” said Jackson. “And there’s nothing more gratifying than that.”
Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. Specifically, volunteer are needed as tax preparers, client facilitators, interpreters and those who can provide technical and management assistance. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers will receive training and IRS certification.
Last year, more than 2,000 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped nearly 163,000 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 260 sites across Texas, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
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 with free tax help at some 5,000 sites 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. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program.
Texans are known for hospitality and big hearts. Potential volunteers can visit us at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.
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.