Letters to the Editor:

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2001

No available volunteers means no AARP Tax Aide program

An open letter to the taxpayers of the Kenai, Soldotna and Sterling area:

In the past, many of you came to rely on AARP Tax Aide to help you file your taxes. But not this year! I feel you should know why AARP Tax Aide volunteers were not available to help you.

AARP Tax Aide starts in mid-October, contacting the previous year's volunteers to see if they could and would be interested in volunteering again. Due to a various number of reasons, we had no one wanting to take the time to volunteer. We also lost our leadership and administrative volunteers due to conditions beyond our control. Our program is based on volunteers.

No volunteers means no Tax Aide program! It's just that simple.

AARP Tax Aide prepares tax returns for the low- and middle-income taxpayers, paying special attention to those age 60 and older -- just the people who can't afford to pay to get their taxes prepared.

If you feel the way most of our volunteers do, that this program is a valuable community service that you would like to see get back on its feet in your area, and you would like to see this program continue, I urge you to become a volunteer.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can contact our Web site -- www.aarp.org -- or contact me directly.

Vicky Sleasman

State coordinator

AARP Tax Aide

P.O. Box 372

Craig, AK 99921

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