Every year, AARP Tax-Aide helps millions of low- to moderate-income taxpayers get the credits and deductions they deserve. Tax-Aide in Dubuque has been operating for 30 years. Currently there are two sites, one at St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 18th and White Streets and one on the west side of Dubuque at the Hills and Dales Lifetime Community Center. In 2015, volunteers helped prepare over 2000 tax returns for area residents. As a result, almost $3 million of federal and state tax refunds flowed into the local economy. Started in 1968 by four volunteers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is now the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation program. Nationally, in 2013, over 35,000 volunteers worked at nearly 5,000 Tax-Aide community-based sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It helped 2.6 million people navigate complicated tax codes, receive proper credits and deductions, and file their federal, state and local tax returns. This help is more critical than ever as the U.S. tax code has become increasingly complicated. Older and low- to moderate-income people who use AARP Foundation Tax-Aide face particularly difficult tax situations: * Many older taxpayers are unaware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or believe they don’t qualify for it. One of the most important forms of income support for low-income workers, the EITC reduces tax liability and can generate a refund. * Retirees accustomed to the short 1040EZ often face new provisions and complex forms to determine the taxable portion of their retirement income, different standard deduction amounts, permissible health care deductions, and, if they sell their house, treatment of capital gains. * If the spouse who has always handled taxes dies or becomes incapacitated, the other spouse may be unsure of how to proceed. Ready and able AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code. With their help, taxpayers received $1.3 billion in refunds and more than $244 million EITCs. By using AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, these low- to moderate-income taxpayers also avoid preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.
Volunteer Need 1
IF YOU'RE GOOD WITH NUMBERS, BE A TAX VOLUNTEER. You'll work with taxpayers directly, filling out tax returns and helping them seek a refund. Experience isn't necessary - we'll train you on the latest tax preparation forms and software. For more information, email DubuqueTaxAide@gmail.com.
Volunteer Need 2
IF YOU LOVE WORKING WITH PEOPLE, BE A CLIENT FACILITATOR. You'll welcome taxpayers, help organize their paperwork, and manage the overall flow of service. For more information, email DubuqueTaxAide@gmail.com.
Volunteer Need 3
IF YOU SPEAK A SECOND LANGUAGE, YOU'RE URGENTLY NEEDED! We have a big demand for bilingual speakers. Dedicated translators who can assist our volunteers are also welcome. For more information, email DubuqueTaxAide@gmail.com.