Use your knack for numbers to make a difference in Anchorage: Volunteer as an AARP Foundation tax preparer!
An ever-increasing number of Alaskans are using Anchorage’s free tax preparation services to get their taxes filed accurately and on time – thanks in large part to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the free volunteer-run tax preparation program that provides the majority of the volunteer tax preparers. The demand for assistance has grown, and now we must grow the team of volunteers who make it happen!
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and United Way of Anchorage are recruiting volunteers to help prepare taxes next season. Your help goes a long way—sometimes a higher refund means keeping the heat on or helping with rent for our most vulnerable Anchorage residents.
Last tax season, dozens of well-trained tax preparers filed over 5,100 federal tax returns in Anchorage at no charge to the taxpayer. This service saved residents and military families an estimated $1 million dollars in tax prep fees and delivered $7.5 million in refunds back to Anchorage households and our local economy.
Free tax preparation is an important boost for individuals and families working to improve their financial stability—but it would not be possible without the time and talent of volunteers. And, we need YOU.
Becoming a volunteer tax preparer is easier than you think. No prior tax experience is necessary. Volunteers need some computer knowledge and must have email. Volunteers complete 40+ hours of combined classroom and online training, and take a certification test. Training classes begin in December (volunteers who can’t attend weekday classes can participate in a compressed course, which will meet three Saturdays starting in November), and all materials are provided. Once certified, volunteers are asked to assist at prep sites throughout Anchorage during tax season: Jan. 30 through April 15.
If you have interest and can make the time to give, visit please fill out a volunteer tax preparer application.
Want to help but aren’t sure tax prep is for you? Contact Maureen Haggblom at email@example.com for other volunteer needs, such as greeters/screeners, self-service coaches and interpreters.
Why do people volunteer?
“A taxpayer came to one of the sites in Anchorage very anxious about owing a large sum of money in taxes and was not going to be able to pay the amount. The counselor worked through the return and was able to tell the taxpayer that a $75 refund would be coming in the mail. The taxpayer became very emotional and there wasn’t a dry eye among those taxpayers waiting. This is why we volunteer for this program. Each taxpayer gets the full amount from the refund and this money will help the family in many ways.”
“…I’ve worked with some great Tax-Aide clients over the years. One who stands out is a young mom I met my first year and kept running into even though I was volunteering at different sites…I’d give her the information she needed, and I could always be sure that the next year she’d come back fully prepared on that issue—and ready with something new for us to tackle together…I keep thinking about the fact that much of the information I give her just wouldn’t be available to someone like her, and how much of a difference the few hundred dollars it saves her can make in her life…”
Learn more about AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Complete your volunteer application now!