In 2013, the free AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program saved Phoenix low to moderate-income senior citizens more than $700,000 in tax preparation fees.

Every year, volunteers are sought to continue this valuable service. You can help by volunteering one day each week from Feb. 1-April 15 at a city of Phoenix community/senior center. Only two qualifications are needed: a real interest in helping people, and a basic familiarity with Microsoft Windows. The training class will teach you the basics of federal and state tax law, and show you how to use a simple tax preparation program.

Best of all, you are never left alone. Each location has experienced tax preparation volunteers who are always willing and able to help you with specific taxpayer problems.

There is also a need for grass-roots leadership, on-site greeters, and those who can provide assistance in Spanish.

Training will be held each Tuesday in November starting Nov. 4. To sign up to become a volunteer, call Bob Beckis at 602-770-8680 or e-mail


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