Volunteers needed to offer free tax help to senior citizens

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV. 26, 2013

Tax time is around the corner, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties is seeking volunteers to provide free tax assistance to individuals 60 years of age and older from low- to moderate-income households.

Free training will be provided to volunteers for the free Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program at sessions scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 2014, in Room R-221 of the Robert M. Collins Center on Triton’s main campus in River Grove. Volunteers will learn how to assist adults in completing the 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040 federal and state tax forms. Free materials will be provided.

Volunteers do not need previous tax experience and can serve as greeters, reviewers and/or tax preparers. Volunteers are asked to serve an average of three to four hours a week from February to April 2014. Volunteer sites will be located in public places, including libraries, schools, and neighborhood centers. RSVP’s TCE sites also offer free electronic filing of federal and state tax returns.

If volunteers are unable to attend the free training sessions, they can study the training materials on their own or work with the IRS Link and Learn Web site at www.irs.gov. All volunteers must pass an IRS-approved test prior to assisting with the program.

TCE is a community-based partnership managed by the IRS that provides free tax return preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income taxpayers who are 60 and older. The program also assists senior citizens with a disability and/or non-English speakers. The tax counseling service is sponsored annually by RSVP as a service to the community.

For more information or to register for the training session, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3835 or 3603.

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Media Contact
Alicia Roberson, Public Relations Writer
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3608
aliciaroberson@triton.edu