AARP foundation seeks volunteers in Kentucky


Staff Report



LOUISVILLE — With the chaos of tax season sneaking up on us, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is gearing up to provide guidance for Kentuckian’s tax woes.

Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. It provides assistance to low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 60 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

“AARP Tax-Aide is a valuable resource, especially during tough economic times,” said Ron Bridges, AARP Kentucky State Director. “Tax law can often be confusing. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers can make the process of filling out tax returns a whole lot easier.”

Last year, in Kentucky, 479 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 20,582 people file their tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 74 sites in Kentucky including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due to the remarkable efforts of its volunteer base. Volunteers are not required to be AARP members or retirees. Lack of experience shouldn’t stop anyone from volunteering. Previous tax experience is not required, but computer knowledge is necessary.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves more than 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.6 million taxpayers annually at more than 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $250 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, and our army of volunteer advisors understand the needs of lower-income older taxpayers. This welcoming program understands that retirement or other life changes may mean taxes can be a little more complicated, but our personal attention and assistance ensures that taxpayers of all ages and backgrounds receive applicable tax credits and deductions. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

Kentuckians interested in becoming a tax-aide volunteer should register for the free training program, which begins in January.

For more information, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or call 1-888-OURAARP (1-888-687-2277).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

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