Tax volunteers needed for RSVP
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Looking for a different kind of volunteer work? You can volunteer to do taxes in 2014 for lower-income and elderly folks in your community. Nearly 92,000 people said yes this year to helping out during the tax filing season and prepared more than 3.3 million returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide.

For this year Calhoun County RSVP will need volunteers in the Anniston and Jacksonville areas. If you are interested, you will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help elderly and low to middle income people with their individual income tax returns.

Through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), volunteers participate in training sessions — in class, online, and through self-study — then are tested on what they learned. Once certified, volunteers are assigned to work with more experienced volunteers.  Volunteers also learn how to use computer software to prepare taxes and they learn how to interview tax filers to make sure the tax return is correct.  In return, volunteers are asked to spend at least 4 hours a week helping at a site from mid January through April 15.

Volunteers don’t have to have experience with taxes.  All that is required is a desire to help others who cannot prepare their basic returns or afford to pay a tax preparer.

And you don’t have to be retired or a senior to help or to get help at an RSVP site! RSVP gives special attention to helping filers age 60 and older but neither the volunteers nor the clients are limited to any certain age group.

Don’t wait! For more information or to volunteer, contact the Calhoun County RSVP office at 256-435-5091.
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