Training available for volunteers wanting to provide free tax helpVolunteers are needed to provide free assistance to indigent elderly and other people with lesser means in filing their tax returns.
Training is necessary. According to Harry Feikert, district coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, “we have a new software package this year called Tax Slayer and we're already holding workshops to get some practice.”
In addition to the software, volunteers will learn tax law and eventually take a proficiency test to become certified by the IRS.
The Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., is one annual location for the tax-preparation assistance. It typically is offered from February to April as a cooperative effort between the IRS and the AARP Foundation.
Although volunteers receive no compensation, tax-help recipients have been known to offer “cookies, cake or the occasional pizza,” Feikert noted.
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Westside Pioneer/press release