Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers


MIAMI COUNTY — The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which provides free tax preparation, primarily for senior citizens, at the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua, in Troy at the Troy Senior Citizens Center and the Troy-Miami County Library and in Versailles at the Worch Memorial Library, plus the more than 250 other locations across Ohio is looking for volunteer tax preparers for next year.

Last tax season, Tax-Aide had to turn away countless seniors because more people wanted our service than we could help. Demand is expected to be even greater next year because of the new tax law. The law’s changes add a new wrinkle to the complex process of filling out tax forms, and many of our clients are concerned about doing it properly.

Across Ohio each year more than 1,500 volunteers prepare tax returns at hundreds of senior centers, libraries and churches from early February through mid-April. This year 54 volunteers operating out of 14 locations in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Miami and Shelby counties prepared 4,003 federal and state tax returns, saving local residents an estimated $800,000 in tax preparation fees.

Anyone who does his own taxes on a commercially available program, such as TurboTax, is an ideal candidate for the volunteer opportunity. Volunteers receive IRS-approved training, use IRS-provided tax software and equipment and are mentored throughout the tax season. Volunteers are asked to work at least one day a week during the 10 to 11 week tax season.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Tax Aide Administrative Coordinator Tom Beattie at (937) 778-0339 or twbeattie@woh.rr.com or go to the Ohio Tax-Aide website at www.ohiotaxaide.org.