Tax-time volunteers sought now for next year

Last month, during her state of the city address at a meeting of Rocky River’s Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Pam Bobst gave special thanks to the many community organizations in Rocky River for their ability to provide valuable, and often free, resources and services to residents. I take a big interest in her special “thank you” to the AARP-sponsored Tax-Aide program in Rocky River. I have been part of that volunteer program since 1994.

The free AARP-sponsored federal and state tax preparation program exists in many Westshore cities: Bay Village, Westlake, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Lakewood, Rocky River and others. In the Westshore communities alone, we helped well over 5,000 residents with their 2011 federal and state tax preparation in just 77 short days! And, we even file your returns electronically for faster refunds.

This annual IRS-supported program runs from February through the final tax day in April, usually the 15th. Each year, volunteer tax counselors (72 of them) attend IRS-sponsored training classes for two weeks in January and must pass an IRS-approved examination before being allowed to work at the various tax sites throughout the Westshore area. 

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough is an important supporter of the program and its workings. Some volunteers have been serving for more than 20 years.

Although many think the free tax preparation service is only for seniors or AARP members, it is offered to people of all ages. We’ve done taxes for 16-year-olds to 100-year-olds. The free volunteer service is open to all for tax preparation. It’s a great way for people to mix and mingle and be part of an important service for their communities and for residents who would have to pay up to several hundred dollars to a paid tax preparer for the same service.

Mayor Bobst of Rocky River knows a free asset when she sees it!

Well, the reason for this article is to look for the next generation of volunteers who would like to become an important part of this free tax effort and help others. We’ll train and work with you, build your confidence to do a great job, and ensure that you will be the best that you can be! You can be any age to volunteer, 21 to 80!

Call now to volunteer for the next tax season in January 2013. We’ll take your name, explain and answer your questions, and ensure that you will receive the proper training when tax time, in 2013, comes around.

Call me at 440-835-1815 or Dan Palmer at 440-777-7761 or John Basalla at 440-734-3979 or Marion Gedney at 440-937-0242.

It’s a great way to stay busy, help others, and be an asset to our Westshore communities. Mayor Bobst and Mayor Clough both must believe so! 

Dave Tadych

David L. Tadych, Ward 1 Councilman City of Bay Village, Ohio Chairman of Bay's Bicentennial Committee 2010 38 year resident, AARP Tax Aide Program Volunteer for 19 years

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:38 AM, 05.15.2012