Tax-Aide looks for volunteers |

Tax-Aide looks for volunteers

Tax-Aide is determined by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. The AARP Foundation was established in 1961 and is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charitable organization. Membership is AARP is not required to be a volunteer or to use the services of Tax-Aide.

Tax-Aide is a free tax counseling service operated by volunteers for moderate and low-income persons with special attention to persons 60 years and older. Volunteer tax counselors prepare basic, state and federal income tax forms, including itemized deductions and income from interest, dividends and sale of stock. All tax returns are electronically filed with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board. Taxpayers with more complex returns are asked to seek other assistance.

To become a Certified Tax Counselor, volunteers are required to attend 40 hours of free tax training in January and pass an open book IRS exam by the end of the training. After certification they will provide tax preparation and counseling service for at least four hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15. In addition, free training in use of computers for electronic filing is provided.

Volunteers include persons of all ages, ethic backgrounds, income levels and educational background. Accounting or tax preparation experience is not required. Comfort in working with numbers is important and some familiarity with federal and state income tax returns is helpful. Remember, newly certified Tax-Aide Counselors work with experience volunteers who provide support and help to new volunteers.

We look forward to having you on our team. For more information call Dee Nangle at (530) 541-8313.

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