AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. And we want you to join the District 8 team.
We prepare tax returns from February 1 to April 15 in libraries and community centers in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Kenmore, Issaquah, and North Bend. Our sites have daytime schedules Monday through Saturday, but no evening hours. All tax preparers are required to work at least one session (7-8 hours) per week for the 10-week filing season, but many volunteers work 2 days a week.
As you know, tax law is complicated. It takes time and training to become familiar with the rules, software, and procedures. We want you to be comfortable and well-trained to assist taxpayer with their returns. We will support you throughout the process. It helps to be a self-starter, detail oriented, a people person/team player, and computer literate.
Six Steps to Becoming a Volunteer Tax Return Preparer:
- STEP 1: Sign up to be a Tax-Aide volunteer at Become a Volunteer
- STEP 2: Prepare two sample tax returns using detailed instructions for online software
- STEP 3: Nov 2014-Jan 2015 Study IRS Link&Learn Advanced Course online (20-25 hours)
- STEP 4: Dec 2014-Jan 2015 Prepare practice tax returns (about 20 hours)
- STEP 5: Jan 2015 Attend two days of class at the Redmond Library
- STEP 6: Jan 2015 Pass a written open-book IRS Certification test
Once you are Certified, you will receive your time/location assignment.
Throughout the training program, experienced tax preparers will support and assist you.
For more information and to take part in Tax-Aide, contact us.
Who will you help as a volunteer?
Many people who turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are 60 or older. Household incomes aren’t high. For some of them, a tax refund could mean they won’t have to choose between paying for groceries and keeping the lights on.
People like you. And there’s a role for everyone.
Good with numbers? Be a tax volunteer.
You’ll work with taxpayers directly; filling out tax returns and helping them seek a refund. Experience isn’t necessary — we’ll train you on the latest tax preparation forms and software
Skilled in all things digital? Be a technology coordinator.
You’ll manage computer equipment, ensure taxpayer data security and provide technical assistance to volunteers at multiple sites
Love working with people? Be a greeter.
You’ll welcome taxpayers, help organize their paperwork and manage the overall flow of service.
Speak a second language? You’re urgently needed!
We have a big demand for bilingual speakers. Dedicated translators who can assist our volunteers are also welcome.
Get the joy and satisfaction of helping others by applying to join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer team today! Your expertise will be appreciated more than you can imagine.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.