The local AARP Tax-Aide Program is holding a free informational session for potential volunteers on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the program, which assists people with their taxes. Although extensive previous tax preparation experience is helpful, it is not required to be a successful volunteer. Anyone with basic computer skills, an ability to work with numbers, and a passion to help people can succeed. The program also needs greeters, who will help clients in filling out general intake forms. Spanish-speaking volunteers also are sought.
Tax preparation volunteers are required to do a self-study course (online or from printed material) and pass an online test to become certified by the IRS.
The tax preparation service is offered at Bellingham Public Library and other sites in the county from late January to April and serves mainly low-income taxpayers and people 60 and older.
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Tuesday’s information session begins at 7 p.m. in the lecture room.