The IRS and its partners are looking for volunteers interested in learning about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal income tax returns for free.
"Volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns for people whose incomes are $50,000 or less. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested and wants to help," said IRS spokesman David Tucker II in a press release.
Anyone can be a volunteer and bilingual volunteers are particularly needed.
Volunteers can help in three separate capacities: as a return preparer, site coordinator or greeter.
Site coordinators, or supervisors, may also prepare returns. Greeters will generally answer simple questions and distribute forms.
Volunteers will be provided with free training materials on how to prepare basic individual income tax returns and, in most cases, how to file them electronically.
Training is usually held between November and January and volunteers generally study online to obtain their volunteer certification.
Once certified, volunteers spend as little as three to four hours per week volunteering between the months of February and April.
To volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the IRS volunteer tax preparation programs, go to www.IRS.gov/a>, keywords "Tax Volunteer."