The AARP Tax-Aide team of volunteers, made up of local residents, is looking for additional volunteers for the upcoming tax season, from February 1 to April 15.
The Lompoc organization provides free, IRS-certified tax preparation services to up to 500 residents each year, according to a local spokesperson.
Training and support for a variety of roles is provided including that of Tax Advisor, Client Facilitator, and Technology Coordinator.
Tax advisers work directly with taxpayers by completing tax returns. Client Facilitators greet taxpayers, help organize paperwork, and manage the overall service flow. Technology coordinators manage computer hardware, ensure taxpayer data is secure, and provide technical assistance to volunteers.
There is also a demand for bilingual speakers in all roles, the spokesperson noted.
All new volunteers must pass an interview and attend an orientation session. Those interested in the tax adviser position receive an IRS training kit, must complete additional training sessions and pass a certification test.
The program operates from February 1 to April 15 with a minimum service commitment of one to two days per week. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage.
For more information and to complete an online application, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide, or contact a volunteer at 805-717-1320.
Jason Anderson is the digital producer of the Santa Maria Times. He can be reached at 805-739-2213