VOLUNTEER TAX PREPARERS NEEDED FOR AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM

Volunteer tax counselors are needed for the Bemidji Senior Center/AARP Tax-Aide Program.  Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation and assistance to senior citizens and to anyone with low to moderate income.  Training will be provided by trained volunteers, the IRS, and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.  All volunteers must pass a certification test.  Volunteers are asked to provide at least 40 hours of counseling during the tax season from February 1 through April 15.  Supplies and equipment are provided and mileage reimbursement is available through the AARP Foundation.  For more information, go to aarpfoundation.org/taxaide, call Susan Lind at (218)751-0060, or leave a message at the Bemidji Senior Center at (218)751-8836.

Creative Ways to Give

The Bemidji Senior Center receives no funding from any governmental entity and is supported solely by funds raised from membership fees, activities run by Center volunteers, grants from various organizations, and donations from members and others in the community. Many times in past years, Center expenses have exceeded Center income.

Planned giving is an easy way for members and supporters to help the Center financially. If you are 70.5 years of age or older, you can donate during your lifetime by making a qualified charitable donation (QCD) to the Center from tax-deferred funds including IRAs. Such a donation directly to a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization like the Bemidji Senior Center excludes that donation from taxable income and thus avoids income tax on the amount donated. You should speak to your financial adviser about limits and rules regarding QCSs.

“OUR FAMILY” DIRECT YOUR LABELS PROGRAM

Please help the Bemidji Senior Center by donating Our Family brand labels with the bar code attached.  Look for this brand at Lueken’s Village Foods, Marketplace Foods and Teal’s Market.  500 labels/barcodes equals $25.00 for our Center.  Every little bit helps!

You may drop labels off at the hostess desk of the Bemidji Senior Center Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   The Bemidji Senior Center is located at 216 3rd St NW, Bemidji.