Tax-help program needs volunteers

Published: Friday, Sep. 28, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 30, 2012 - 11:50 am

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking volunteers to provide free tax help to seniors and taxpayers who are low-income, disabled or have limited English skills.

No previous experience is required. Volunteers will be trained in how to prepare simple individual tax returns that can be filed electronically. Other volunteer jobs, such as greeters, also are available.

"Anyone can sign up … . The only skill needed is the desire to help people in your community," said IRS spokesman Richard Panick in an email.

The free tax preparation help is part of the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. Co-sponsored by local community groups, it's offered at libraries, schools and shopping centers.

Volunteers typically work three to four hours a week between mid-January and April 15, 2013, which is next year's tax-filing deadline.

For details, go to and type "tax volunteer" in the search box.

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