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AARP looking to train volunteers to do tax returns

Volunteers are needed to prepare taxes for low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

Training is offered Tuesday throug Friday at the Red Wing Library. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, preparing tax returns and answering tax questions free of charge. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation and is offered in conjunction with the IRS. The program's mission is to provide high quality free income tax assistance and tax form preparation to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

To qualify as an AARP Tax-Aide Counselor, a volunteer must be certified annually by passing an IRS certification test. The IRS provides training and resource materials to assist the volunteer in preparation for the certification test. Volunteers must have computer skills to prepare tax returns using tax preparation software and submitting returns via e-file.

The IRS and State of Minnesota provide excellent resource materials to assist the volunteer in preparing tax returns and property tax returns for the taxpayers. Training of volunteers is also provided locally.

Volunteers are needed for Red Wing, Cannon Falls, and Lake City area.

To volunteer or receive additional information about this very rewarding volunteer opportunity contact:

Bob Harlow 388-8353

Ron Herbst 388-0563