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Volunteers Wanted: Help New Mexicans File Taxes

PHOTO: If you enjoy preparing taxes and helping people with tax advice, a program that provides thousands of New Mexicans with free tax preparation services is seeking volunteers. Photo credit: Seattle Human Services Department.
PHOTO: If you enjoy preparing taxes and helping people with tax advice, a program that provides thousands of New Mexicans with free tax preparation services is seeking volunteers. Photo credit: Seattle Human Services Department.
October 14, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexicans who enjoy working with numbers might enjoy volunteering for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. The program provides free tax preparation services for thousands of residents.

Lea Long, a volunteer at AARP New Mexico who works with Tax-Aide, says their organization needs volunteers to train in advance of the program going live early next year.

"We look basically for people that would be interested in doing taxes," says Long. "That's our first goal. People who think they would like to learn how to do taxes, or have had experience doing taxes."

Long says the training is IRS-certified for the Tax-Aide volunteers, who work out of about 30 locations across the state.

She adds that the program, geared toward seniors and low- to moderate-income taxpayers, helped over 60,000 New Mexicans file their federal and state tax returns last year.

Long says volunteers are asked to commit to working about 40 hours at a Tax-Aide site between February and April. She says it would help the program grow if more people in rural areas would volunteer.

"Roswell is a fairly good-sized city, for example, and right now we don't have a site there because we've had a problem with people who are willing and able to take on a leadership role," says Long.

Now in its 46th year, the AARP Tax-Aide program is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service. More information on volunteering for the program can be found at the AARP website.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM