|Tax season is quickly approaching, and the Chula Vista Public Library has teamed up with its annual partner, AARP, to recruit volunteers to serve as tax preparers and counselors. With more than 750 tax returns prepared by AARP in the Chula Vista library branches last year, the need for trained volunteers, including those who are bilingual in English and Spanish, is great. Especially important are those who can volunteer at the library’s Civic Center Branch at 365 F Street. Volunteers will be trained for two weeks, from Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Candidates should contact AARP district coordinator, Donley Cates, at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the volunteer positions.
Volunteers don’t have to be tax professionals, according to Pat McCarville, AARP’s local coordinator for Chula Vista and National City. “We will train as many volunteers as we can get. We ask that they have some computer skills and a light background in preparing taxes, even if it’s their own. Tax preparation has evolved to the point that all of the work is carried out through the computer.” Volunteers who complete the training will become AARP Tax-Aides. Mileage will be reimbursed within 15 miles of a Tax-Aide’s home.
Stephanie Loney, Principal Librarian, adds that this year’s early filing date has been delayed for 10 days by the Internal Revenue Service due to the government shutdowns last fall. “However, the final filing deadline has not been extended, so the tax filing season will be slightly shorter. Having the AARP volunteers here to assist our library users is an amazing benefit for the community and for the library.”
Tax-Aides can also volunteer at the South Chula Vista Branch Library, 389 Orange Avenue, and the National City Public Library. For more information, visit the Chula Vista Library or call (619) 691-5069.
Posted: December 23, 2013