AARP Tax Aide Volunteers Needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. We plan 2 tax preparation sites in Parma and additional sites in the neighboring cities of Middleburg Heights, Brook Park, Broadview Heights, North Royalton, and Strongsville. We also plan sites in Brooklyn,  Brooklyn Heights, and the Old Brooklyn and Puritas-Longmead neighborhoods of the city of Cleveland that are part of another Tax-Aide district. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP. 

All of our sites are electronic filing sites. Volunteers are expected to work for at least 5 hours per week on weekdays during the tax season, which runs from the first week in February through the 15th of April. In light of the pandemic, our operational processes are still to be determined. Each volunteer must have an email address and computer experience is preferred for tax return preparers. Volunteers do not need previous income tax experience. We provide a free two-week virtual course for tax return preparers during January. We are also looking for greeters and provide them with a free one-day virtual course. 

Tax-Aide is a very rewarding IRS-supported program offered by the AARP Foundation providing free assistance to taxpayers with special attention given to senior citizens with low to moderate incomes. It is a great way for volunteers to become involved in their communities and learn about the preparation of the 1040 tax form. Our recruitment of volunteers is on a non-discriminatory basis without consideration of race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. 

For more information please call Tax-Aide District Coordinator Steve Donovan at 440-237-7348, call AARP’s toll-free number at 888-687-2277, or visit Tax-Aide’s web site at

Stephen Donovan

Retired CPA and Audit Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  Currently volunteer District Coordinator for the AARP Foundation's TaxAide Program in south Cuyahoga County. We prepare free tax returns for low and moderate income taxpayers with special attention to senior citizens.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 PM, 11.01.2020