AUBURN – Maine AARP Tax-Aid is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service for low-and-middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Volunteers are needed to spend four hours a week from Feb. 1 through March 31 helping people file their taxes.

Free tax training under IRS auspices will be held from Monday through Friday, Jan. 15 to 19. The AARP provides the material necessary to complete this training and take the IRS certification exam. All volunteers must be certified by the IRS prior to preparing tax returns.

If the training period does not fit a schedule, those interested can study at home with free training materials or take the training over the Internet with the IRS free Link and Learn course.

Volunteers are needed for Auburn, Lewiston, Poland, Norway, South Paris, Rumford, Farmington and other areas in Androscoggin and Oxford counties.

During the training period of Jan. 15 through 19, the AARP will also provide free computer training with the special Tax Wise program, furnished by the IRS, making tax preparation as easy as possible.

If interested, call Donald W. Linscott Jr., district counselor, at 782-6873 or e-mail [email protected] The AARP is always looking for new sites to hold free tax preparation. Call Linscott if interested.

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