Opportunity Details

Civic & Community
Families, Low-income communities

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP sponsors a program that provides free tax preparation assistance for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors. Tax counselors prepare and file tax returns. There are two pre-requisites for tax counselors – one must have computer skills, and one must have prepared one’s own tax returns in the past. All other tax law and software training that one will need is provided prior to the start of the tax season.
Training begins in December/January, and consists of 15 hours of tax law training and 15+/- hours of computer lab session learning the software package that is used and completing practice returns. All training is held at the Ellicott City 50+ Center. The computer labs as defined in the attached training schedule are mentored, and one also has the option of doing the computer practice exercises at home. All candidates receive a package of reference and study materials and plenty of support is available from experienced counselors. All counselors must pass Federal and Maryland State certification exams by 1/20/2020.
All volunteers are requested to work a minimum of 40 hours during the tax season (1 February 2020 through 15 April 2020) average of one 4-hour session per week over the 10-week tax season. We have multiple tax preparation locations, and sessions are scheduled for morning, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays, depending on the location.
This is an amazing opportunity to provide a valuable community service for which our clients are extremely appreciative.
Learn more at http://www.aarp.org/money/taxaide/

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