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POLSON — Montana’s AARP Tax-Aide, the state’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax assistance and preparation for the 2013 tax year. This program targets seniors and low to moderate income folks. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who like working with numbers and preparing their own tax return are welcome. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to volunteer.

A free one-week tax training session is available to volunteers, as well as an online version called Link and Learn. Volunteers become IRS certified by passing a limited-scope IRS exam. 

Volunteers provide one-on-one service in various Senior Citizen Centers in the area, including Polson, Ronan and St. Ignatius. 

Montana AARP Tax-Aide volunteers get a real sense of being needed while helping others, learning new skills and being involved in the local community.

“The reason I keep coming back is the smile of relief and words of appreciation I get from helping someone complete a task that almost everyone dreads,” tax counselor Janet Lilley said.

This program is funded by the AARP Foundation, an affiliated 501 (c) (3) nonpartisan charitabxxle organization, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and the Montana Department of Revenue.

For more information and how to join the local AARP Tax-Aide team, contact Alice “Porki” Harris at (406) 257-1296 or email porkiharris@gmail.com.

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