The AARP Tax-Aide Program

AARP TaxAide is looking for compassionate and friendly Volunteer Tax Counselors for the 2019 tax season. This is a free program that makes it easier for older, low and middle-income taxpayers to file their tax returns.

Local volunteers from Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island and the Charleston area train as Tax Counselors for the six Charleston sites. Last tax season they assisted more than 1,000 of our neighbors.

Volunteers of all backgrounds and ages are welcome and you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer, nor do you need to be a retiree. Familiarity with income tax returns is helpful and the availability of a laptop computer is useful but not required.

You can serve in other ways as well, like organizing client paperwork, managing computer equipment, acting as interpreters or making sure everything runs smoothly. There is a role for everyone.

An orientation will be held in December with a five-day IRS-qualified training program in January. Tax counselors receive extensive free tax training to do basic tax returns and become certified by passing the IRS exam. There will be additional training in computer tax preparation. Once certified, you will be expected to volunteer at one of our tax sites one half-day per week during tax season.

Please consider joining the team!

For further information, please visit the TaxAide website or contact the Charleston Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Ditterline, at, or call 843-568-0305.

Tidelines Editor