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. 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, please fill out a volunteer tax preparer application.*
*Note: Training classes to become a volunteer tax preparer during the upcoming tax season have already begun, but there are lots of other ways to get involved! Please contact Maureen Haggblom at email@example.com for volunteer needs such as greeters/screeners and self-service coaches. Also, please feel free to look through the application for future seasons.
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