This year, United Way Services of Geauga County is working with AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service to recruit volunteers to assist in tax assistance and preparation. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome, and you do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to volunteer.
Volunteers receive free tax training January 8th – 12th at Geauga West Public Library in Chesterland and will be reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program related expenses. Volunteer tax preparers help customers one-on-one at tax sites located at the Geauga County libraries. It is a great way to learn new skills and to be involved in the community.
The United Way Services of Geauga County is committed to helping residents of Geauga County become more self-sufficient. To help residents keep more money in their pockets this year, they are working to help promote the efforts of AARP’s Tax Aide program and its in-person tax preparation. United Way Services of Geauga County also in partnership with United Way Worldwide provides a free, online tax preparation service called My Free Taxes for those making under $66,000.
During the 2017 tax season, Geauga County AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 770 residents at four locations across the county. Volunteer tax preparers save each person on average $100-$200 in tax preparation fees, and they are often able to find deductions and credits that tax payers had not found in years past.
For more information on how you can volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide program, contact Gene Berczik, the Geauga County Tax Aide Coordinator by phone at 330.562.4320 or by email at [email protected]. You can also volunteer by visiting the AARP website at AARP/Tax-Aide.