AARP Tax-Aide, the largest free volunteer tax preparation service nationwide, is looking for volunteers for many centers in Augusta.
"The program targets people of low and middle-income, with special attention to those 60 years and older," said Bill Kozel, a local district coordinator.
The program has 32,000 volunteers nationwide, serving up to 1.8 million taxpayers a year. There are 9,000 sites across the country where people can get their taxes done free, Kozel said.
The program helps people prepare their local, state and federal income taxes.
"We are looking for people with computer knowledge," the district coordinator said. "Tax returns are electronically filed. When people volunteer, we will train them on Internal Revenue Service software."
Along with software training, volunteers also will receive training about tax law.
"There will be an open book test on tax law," Kozel said. "Every year, they must pass the test as ordered by AARP and the IRS."
Locally, there are 35 to 40 people who usually volunteer.
"Most of the volunteers tend to come back because they enjoy helping people do their taxes," Kozel said. "Some people have been coming back for 20 years. We are always trying to get more people."
In Columbia County, the tax-aide program will be available at Euchee Creek Community Center and Gibbs Branch Library.
To volunteer or for more information, call 210-3048.
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