By Fran Williams for The Island Connection
AARP TaxAide is a free program that makes it easier for older, low and middle-income taxpayers to file their tax returns and get the credits and deductions they’ve earned. We are seeking local volunteers to train as tax counselors for our 10 Charleston-area sites. Last tax season, we assisted more than 1,200 of our neighbors.
Volunteers of all backgrounds and ages are welcome; you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer, nor do you need to be a retiree. Familiarity with income tax returns is helpful but not required.
A one-day orientation will be held Dec. 10, and a four-day IRS-qualified training program will be held at the Ashley River Baptist Church on Savannah Highway in West Ashley in January 2020. Tax counselors receive extensive free tax training and become certified by passing the IRS exam. There will also be additional training in computer tax preparation.
Counselors will help taxpayers one-on-one at tax sites. They are expected to be available for at least four hours per week from Feb. 1 to April 15, 2020. It’s a great way to learn new skills, assist in helping others and become more involved in your community.
Please consider joining the team! Contact the Charleston District Recruitment Coordinator Susan Ditterline at 843-5680305 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fran Williams at 803-443-1878 or email@example.com for more information. You can also register online at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide.