The IRS and AARP are seeking volunteers to provide free tax assistance this tax filing season in Oregon. The volunteers will prepare federal and state returns for those in their communities who need help the most, including people who are elderly, disabled, don't speak English and those with limited incomes.

Volunteers will be provided with free training on how to prepare basic individual income tax returns and, in some cases, how to file them electronically. Instruction will cover both federal and state tax returns, and materials and training are covered at no cost.

Last year, more than 775 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Oregon helped over 50,000 taxpayers by preparing more than 65,500 federal and state tax returns.

Anyone can be a volunteer, and bilingual volunteers are particularly needed. Volunteers receive triple benefits - tax law knowledge, computer skills and the opportunity to help others in their community. Organizations, such as local civic or fraternal societies, educational institutions, religious organizations and social groups can also participate or host a site.

For more information, call the IRS at (503) 326-6565 or send an e-mail to (steve.matthews@irs.gov)

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