November 13, 2020
RSVP seeks volunteers for elderly tax prep program
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage counties located at Triton College is recruiting volunteers to assist senior citizens with tax return preparation.
RSVP is looking for individuals interested in volunteering to participate in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program which provides free tax assistance to individuals 60 years of age and older.
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, with disabilities and non-English speakers.
The IRS recommends the following for potential TCE volunteers:
1. No previous experience is required. Volunteers will be trained on how to assist adults in completing the 1040 federal and state tax forms. Volunteers can also serve as greeters or reviewers.
2. The IRS provides free tax law training, e-file training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns.
3. The hours are flexible. Volunteers are asked to serve an average of three to four hours per week during filing season.
4. Volunteer sites are located throughout Triton College’s district and operated on various days of the week.
Interested volunteers should attend a New Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m., and the free training sessions, which will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020, in Room R-221 of Triton’s Robert M. Collins Center.
The tax counseling service is sponsored annually by RSVP. On-site orientation and training will be held in accordance with the most recent CDC and IDPH regulations to ensure the safety of staff and participants. All attendees will be required to wear face masks or face shields at all times.
For more information or to register for the training sessions, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835.