AARP tax aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers to help Madera County taxpayers in preparing and filing their 2014 federal and state income tax returns.

Tax-Aide volunteers have been assisting Madera residents for more than 20 years at locations in Oakhurst and Madera.

Last year they prepared and filed more than 500 returns. Tax-Aide services are provided to all taxpayers of low and moderate income, completely free of charge, individualized, with no strings attached. Neither volunteers or taxpayers are required to be members of AARP, or to be any particular age.

In Madera County, Tax-Aide serves many families with children, as well as young adults and working couples. Last year, volunteers even had the pleasure of preparing the very first tax return for several 17 and 18 year-olds.

There is a role for anyone who wants to help. People who are good with numbers and computers can be tax return preparers.

No experience is necessary. Tax-Aide will train on the latest tax preparation forms and software. People with other skills are also needed. Technology wizards who are good at keeping computers, Internet, printers and data security working properly are always welcome.

Tax-Aide also needs help from volunteers who enjoy greeting taxpayers, answering calls from taxpayers to answer questions and schedule appointments, getting the word out by promoting the program in the community, and providing administrative support to make sure the program runs smoothly.

Volunteers who are bilingual in Spanish are especially needed.

Details: Ben Kelly, (559) 760-5530 or go to

— AARP Tax Aide