City seeks tax-prep volunteers

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January 12, 2004 // UPDATED 2:30 pm - April 24, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

City officials and a seniors group are looking for tax preparation volunteers to help low-income, elderly and limited-English-speaking people.

People with basic computer skills and experience preparing their own tax returns qualify to help in the Tax Aide Volunteer Program, program organizers said.

The Tax Aide program has sites throughout the Twin Cities but has a particular need for help at the City Hall site, which opens Tuesday, Jan. 20, and the Hennepin County Government Center site, which opens Friday, Jan. 16. Volunteers receive a free four-day training session and free parking.

Organizers ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 40 hours of help through April 15. Volunteers can select shifts between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays.

Last year, volunteers helped citizens fill out 3,500 tax forms. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax Aide program is the nation's largest volunteer-run free tax counseling and preparation program, a news release said.

For more information contact Ruth Kildow, Minneapolis' senior ombudsman, at 673-3004.