If the Internal Revenue Service seems to speak a foreign language, neighborhood volunteers are available to translate for you.
Trained volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons are answering tax questions, providing appropriate forms and helping people fill out tax returns at the Forest Green and Audelia Road libraries as part of the nation-wide Tax-Aide program started by the AARP in 1968.
The program was founded to help low-income elderly people, but no one is turned away, says John Carlisle, the AARP Tax-Aide coordinator for the two libraries.
Carlisle has been volunteering for 14 years. Four to five volunteers are stationed at each library on Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. through April 10.
Volunteers at each library help about 100 people a month during tax season, Carlisle says.
The IRS provides instructional materials to the volunteers and helps fund training for them each year. First-time volunteers receive two weeks of training and returning volunteers receive one week.
“I went to the training really to learn how to fill out my own income tax,” Carlisle says. “It rolled over into me joining to help.”
Some of the volunteers have backgrounds in accounting or other math fields.
Volunteers at the Forest Green Library, 9015 Forest Lane, include Marcelle Hoskins, Paul Edelbaum, Glenn Kinkade and Jim Reagan. At the Audelia branch, 10045 Audelia Road, volunteers include Joseph Summerfield, Harris Moore, John Reed and James Harper.
For information, call the libraries at 670-1335 (Forest Green) or 670-1350 (Audelia).