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Tax Prep Volunteers Needed in Illinois

AARP Illinois is looking for volunteer tax preparers. Credit: AARP Illinois
AARP Illinois is looking for volunteer tax preparers. Credit: AARP Illinois
October 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – If you've got good math and accounting skills and want to help out those who don't, the AARP Foundation is looking for Illinois volunteers for its annual Tax-Aide program.

This is the 48th year AARP is providing the service.

Gerardo Cardenas, a spokesman for AARP Illinois, says AARP gets started early so it can have plenty of time to get trained with the IRS. And AARP is not just looking for accountants.

"Based on skill level, that is how we determine who gets to be a tax preparer,” he explains. “But also folks who provide individuals who approach the center with basic information. We're looking for bilingual individuals who can help."

Cardenas says no prior experience is needed, but it helps. If you're looking to volunteer you can find more information at More than 1,000 volunteers joined up in Illinois last year to help about 83,000 people get their taxes in order, all for free.

Cardenas says anyone who is a low to moderate-income earner can use the service. He also says it saves people hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees.

Volunteers have helped U.S. taxpayers get back a total of $1.3 billion in tax refunds.

"You're going to be working with volunteers that are friendly, they're helpful and that have been trained and certified by the IRS so that you know that you're in good hands," he states.

By the time tax season kicks off early next year, Cardenas says AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be stationed at more than 200 sites across Illinois, including libraries and senior centers.

Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - IL