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Free Tax Prep Available, but ND Volunteers Needed

AARP North Dakota is looking for volunteers to help provide free tax services. (iStockphoto)
AARP North Dakota is looking for volunteers to help provide free tax services. (iStockphoto)
December 21, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax season is almost here, and for many North Dakotans it can be a stressful process.

But free help is available from the AARP Foundation, which is currently looking for volunteers for its annual tax preparation program.

Fritz Schwindt, who is coordinating this year's effort, says there are just a few weeks left for volunteers to sign up.

"So, we need someone that at least is a little bit familiar with computers,” he states. “We do have training on how to use the software and certainly for tax law as well."

Last year, AARP says more than 100 volunteers helped about 8,700 North Dakotans file their taxes. The program is being hosted at more than 11 sites across the state, including senior centers and churches.

With tax preparation services sometimes costing hundreds of dollars, Schwindt says the AARP Foundation's service can help many low to moderate-income residents in the state, regardless of how old they are.

"We have like a 99 percent accuracy rate, so that we have very few errors on our returns, and it's free," he stresses.

Volunteers do not have to be AARP members, and the group is also looking for people who want to help by working as greeters or schedulers.

Anyone looking to volunteer can go to AARP.org/ND.

Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - ND