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ID Tax Aide Program Seeks Volunteers for 2023

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022   

Another income-tax season is approaching and a program to help people with low and moderate incomes do their taxes for free is looking for volunteers.

AARP Idaho is recruiting people for next year to be part of the AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program. Nationwide, AARP volunteers have been helping people with their income taxes for 55 years.

Karen Cummings, tax aide state coordinator for AARP Idaho, said there have been fewer people involved with the program in recent years because of the pandemic.

"We have lost a lot of volunteers," Cummings explained. "Some volunteers did not feel safe in the COVID environment, especially pre-vaccination."

The program helps about 30,000 Idahoans fill out their state and federal tax forms each year. It is offered across the state, including at senior centers, libraries and other locations, and is expected to start up in February.

Cummings pointed out tax preparers complete training and receive IRS certification. However, she noted they are not only looking for people who will complete tax returns. They need people to schedule appointments, for instance.

"It's all skill sets that we're looking for," Cummings emphasized. "Not just people that are really good at numbers and want to prepare taxes. We have a lot of jobs, and we'd like to fill them with anybody who's willing."

Cummings noted people are grateful to have the Tax Aide service available, and added it is rewarding for the program's volunteers.

"It's a rich experience as far as feeling good about yourself, giving back to your community," Cummings remarked. "That's what most volunteers volunteer for."

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