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Edwards tax center seeks volunteers

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force Flight Test Center Legal office is seeking volunteers to serve as tax center volunteers for the upcoming tax-filing season. 

This program is a great opportunity to help your fellow Airmen save money while donating your time. It is an excellent volunteer opportunity where you can learn more about the tax-filing process while giving back directly to the community. For example, for the 2007 tax year, the tax center produced more than 500 tax returns and saved Airmen more than $100,000 in tax preparation fees. 

Volunteers must be available from mid-January through April 15, to assist in the preparation and filing of tax returns. Volunteers will likely spend approximately four hours or more per week at the tax center. 

Each volunteer must also attend training provided by the Internal Revenue Service and successfully complete the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant final exam at the conclusion of the training session. Training will be held Dec. 10 to 14 and covers basic income tax issues as well as the tax filing software. The Franchise Tax Board of California will provide additional training Jan. 22 to 25, regarding California state-specific tax issues. Volunteers will need to attend both training sessions unless they have sufficient experience from previous years. All volunteers will need to pass the certification exam. 

Helping the Edwards community save money through tax assistance is a rewarding experience that will not only help others but give you additional knowledge and experience regarding the tax preparation process. 

Interested individuals should e-mail their name and duty phone number to brian.hurey@edwards.af.mil