Want to be an IRS tax preparer? The IRS is seeking volunteers to provide free tax help to seniors as well as taxpayers who are low-income, disabled or with limited English skills.
Calling it "people helping people," the IRS requires no previous experience. Volunteers will be trained and certified in how to prepare simple individual tax returns that can be filed electronically. Other volunteer jobs, such as greeters at tax centers, also are available.
"Yes, anyone can sign up. ...The only skill needed is the desire to help people in your community," said IRS spokesman Richard Panick in an email.
The free tax preparation is offered by the IRS and community groups, part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. It's held at librries, community centers, schools and shopping centers.
Volunteers typically work 3-4 hours a week, between mid-January and April 15, 2013, which is next year's tax-filing deadline.
Last year, the IRS said nearly 99,000 volunteers prepared more than 3.3 million tax returns at more than 13,000 locations nationwide. To apply or for more details, go to irs.gov and click on "tax volunteer" in the search box.