Volunteers sought for Whatcom County tax preparation program

The local AARP Tax-Aide Program is seeking volunteers to provide free personal income tax preparation.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply to help. Two types of volunteers are sought: client greeters and tax preparers. Although extensive previous tax preparation experience is helpful, it is not required to be a successful preparer. Anyone with basic computer skills, an ability to work with numbers, and a passion to help people can succeed.

Volunteer preparers are required to do a self-study course (online or from printed material) and pass an online test to become certified by the IRS. Hands-on computer training also is provided in December or January. Greeters will need to pass an ethics test. People with Spanish or sign language skills are especially needed.

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.

To volunteer or learn more, email Carlton Nathon, local program coordinator, at taxaidebellingham@gmail.com. Include a phone number with your email.