Help Those in Need Receive the Tax Refunds They Deserve
Imagine bringing thousands of dollars to those in need in your community. You can help! All it takes is to volunteer to work with taxpayers through the highly regarded AARP Tax-Aide program supported by United Way of Deschutes County and CASH Oregon.
Last year each volunteer on average placed $48,000 of tax refunds in the hands of lower income seniors, families and individuals.
The returns, which take advantage of Earned Income and Child tax credits, make a big difference to those helped. Their average income is less than $25,000, but the average refund is more than $1,000.
The tax credits are the country's most effective income-support program. Nationally the returned money boosts more than seven million people above the poverty line. The money also stimulates the economy and creates jobs.
Tax-Aide prepares the returns for free, saving low-income taxpayers hundreds of dollars in preparation fees and helping them avoid high-interest loans advertised as “fast refunds.”
The call for volunteers comes as Tax-Aide gets ready for the tax season starting in late January.
Volunteers receive free training on IRS-supported software. No experience is necessary. The rewards come from using your new skill to work directly with and help those in need.
To learn more about volunteering, visit the AARP website via this link. By signing up to be a TaxAide volunteer you are signing up for AARP membership. When completing the form be sure to complete your address information and to select the "position" of Tax Preparation-Personal. When you complete the form, click on the "Submit" page at the bottom of the page. Your info is forwarded to the TaxAide District based on your home zip code.