PHOENIX ― The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program needs volunteers across New Mexico to provide free tax assistance and preparation for members of the community who need help in this area, generally those with low to moderate income.
Who volunteers? People like you. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers serve in a variety of roles.
Volunteers are needed to electronically file tax returns, to greet taxpayers and help organize their paperwork, to set up and keep running computer equipment used to electronically file tax returns and to manage sites and do quality control.
“The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program needs New Mexicans that are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free,” IRS spokesperson, Julia Lara said. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple, non-business tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested, anyone who wants to help and give back to their community.”
Free training will be offered in December and January.
Volunteer hours are flexible and the free tax help sites are located in near-by community centers, libraries, schools and other similar places.
The instruction and training materials cover how to prepare basic individual income tax returns, both federal and State of New Mexico and how to file them electronically.
Nationally, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown from four volunteers in 1968 to over 35,000 volunteers at over 5,000 sites in 2014 serving 2.6 million people with free tax help.
During the past tax season in New Mexico, 444 Tax-Aide volunteers filed 31,746 federal and 36,340 State of New Mexico tax returns.
For more information on becoming a New Mexico tax volunteer, go online here.