Special to The Hays Daily News

AARP Tax-Aide is looking for new volunteers to help with electronic tax preparation at more than 100 sites across the state of Kansas. Each year, from Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare -- free of charge -- federal, state and local tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Neither Volunteers nor recipients of Tax-Aide assistance need to be an AARP member or a retiree.

"Thanksgiving is a great time for all of us to reflect how we can give something back to our communities," said Bill Peterson, volunteer partnership and communications specialist for Kansas. "For those individuals with basic computer skills that are looking for a rewarding challenge with time available for volunteering, the AARP Tax-Aide program is a wonderful opportunity to help others. While our 2009 recruitment campaign that began Sept. 1 has been a great success, we still have a need for additional tax counselors across the state. Join our team by registering and filling out an application online via the national Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide. A volunteer in your area will soon contact you to let you know which sites you may be able to work at, and when training begins for the season."

This year on a national level, more than 34,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more 2.6 million people file their personal income tax forms. The program is offered at nearly 6,500 sites across the country including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. This year in Kansas alone, more than 400 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 39,000 taxpayers.

AARP Tax-Aide tax counselor volunteers receive comprehensive training in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. Volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. For more information about Kansas AARP Tax-Aide, including the communities currently served, visit www.kansastaxaide.org.

AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS.

The AARP Foundation is an affiliated nonprofit, nonpartisan charitable organization established in 1961. It administers publicly and privately funded programs, such as AARP Tax-Aide and the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program. The Foundation also carries out the Washington-based advocacy programs funded through Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Inc. These programs also receive support from AARP.