Goshen - Are you a whiz with numbers and details? Are you one of those people who actually enjoys the challenge of doing your taxes each year? If so, then the Orange County Office for the Aging wants you to consider volunteering as a TaxAide counselor for the coming tax season. The Orange County Office for the Aging is seeking volunteer tax counselors to help seniors at a variety of TaxAide locations throughout Orange County. The free tax counseling program provides tax preparation services to County residents age 60 years and over from February until April each year.
Volunteer tax counselors are needed in Highland Falls, Chester, Warwick, New Windsor, and the cities of Middletown, Newburgh, and Port Jervis.
"We’re proud to be able to provide this free tax preparation service to our seniors each year," said County Executive Diana. "But it wouldn’t be possible without the generous donation of time and talent from the volunteers. We greatly appreciate their support."
Volunteers are thoroughly trained in tax law and electronic filing by AARP and the IRS who co-sponsor the program. Training will be held in January so that volunteers can become certified by the IRS after an examination. No volunteer works alone and new volunteers are teamed with experienced counselors.
Any adult, of any age, with an accounting, banking, taxation or business background, or just an interest in tax preparation, with a desire to help community seniors is welcome to volunteer for TaxAide. In Orange County, the TaxAide Program is administered by the Office for the Aging which recruits volunteers, publicizes the program, and sets up between twelve and seventeen sites county-wide each year.
Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Anne Coon at 845.615.3705, by January 4th, in order to participate in the training program.