Volunteers needed for Tax-Aide

LIHUE — The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is looking to expand its team of volunteers on Kauai 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,” said a press release.

Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support. 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, 217 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Hawaii helped more than 12,821 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at 28 sites in Hawaii, including senior centers, libraries and other locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown 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). Taxpayers do not need to be AARP members or retirees to use this program.

Info: www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-687-2277.

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