Do you like working with numbers and have a desire to help the low income and elderly in your community?

"If you enjoy a challenge and have computer skills, consider becoming a tax preparer with the RSVP volunteer program. You will be part of a team helping low income and elderly to file their tax returns at no cost to the client," said Kathy Barloon, Retired Senior Volunteer Program director.

As a tax preparer, you will serve with another preparer, meeting with the client, gathering their information and filing their return. The training for this opportunity will take place at the Decorah Library Thursdays, Jan. 10th, 17th and 24th.

"You will take a test to become a certified tax preparer before beginning to see clients the first week in February," said Barloon.

Tax services will be offered at the Allamakee and Howard Extension offices and the Decorah and Postville libraries. Depending on where you choose to help with tax filing, you would serve 4-8 hours a week through the tax season. The tax services are under both the VITA and AARP Tax programs.

Barloon said the RSVP program is also in need of someone to serve as a greeter for tax services at the Decorah Library.

"You will greet the client and check to be sure they have all the paperwork that is necessary for completion of the return and provide assistance with completing some written paperwork for the preparers. You do not need to be a certified tax preparer to fill this position and would be serving Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons," said Barloon.

For more information about helping low income and elderly file their tax returns, contact Barloon at Northeast Iowa RSVP Volunteer Program at the Decorah Library, 563-382-3717 or toll free 1-877-806-0623. RSVP volunteers are age 55 plus and serve at non-profit agencies in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

"As an RSVP volunteer, you will join a team of 260 volunteers who are making a difference in Northeast Iowa, one hour at a time," she said.