Nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service.
LITTLE ROCK—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, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. 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 a 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. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in Arkansas specifically needs a volunteer to answer phone calls during tax season and address general questions such as hours of operation. Familiarity with preparing taxes is not necessary for this specific volunteer opportunity.
To learn about AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer opportunities, visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.
Last year, 213 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 19,700 Arkansans file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 20 sites in Arkansas, 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 at some 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help.
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). In Arkansas, taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in 2017 received $13.6 million in income tax refunds and more than $3 million in EITCs. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program.