Westside volunteers needed

AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, hopes to launch a new Westside location this year, but needs volunteers for tax counseling and/or leadership positions to make the new location possible.

Each year from Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older.

Volunteers are especially needed to assist with electronic filing of tax returns. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You don’t need to be a retiree to volunteer or to receive assistance from the program.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers get a great deal of satisfaction from helping people deal with the challenges of preparing tax forms, If you want to help yourself and others with their tax returns, this is the program for you. Last year, over 32,000 volunteers helped over 2 million people file their personal tax returns, including 70 percent by electronic filing.

IRS training for new volunteers will be conducted at the Martin Janis Center Jan. 7-9. The center is located at 600 E. 11th Ave., next to the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

For information about volunteering and  training and tax sites on the Westside, call tax counselor Ed Haney at 879-8499.

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