Retirees needed as volunteer tax preparers

The Accounting Aid Society and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees and retirees have been tax partners for more than 20 years.  As a tax volunteer for the Accounting Aids Society (AAS) you  can do your part to ensure that struggling individuals and families who might not otherwise file a tax return get help they need.  This year the goal is to serve 21,000 tax filers during the upcoming tax season.

You don’t have to be a CPA to volunteer but training and a certification test along with basic computer skills are required.  Free AAS training classes are offered at Michigan colleges and universities in December and January.

Tax volunteers are trained and certified, then serve in various locations in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties.  Training is available online and in classrooms and computer labs.

For details, visit the AAS website at  To sign up for training, click on the yellow “Volunteer” box.  When creating your volunteer profile, make sure to select “BCBSM Retirees” as your “Adopt-A-Site” group.

File your own taxes free online

Eligible BCBSM employees and retirees can save an estimated $300 this tax season by taking advantage of free online income tax assistance from AAS.

The free do-it-yourself online tax preparation service is available for those with incomes up to $58,000.  Tax filers can choose between one of two tax software programs free to AAS partners via the agency’s website.

An AAS support hotline is available, along with online and phone assistance.

Each tax return filed through the AAS website helps benefit the agency and supports its mission.

Tax filers should have all of their 2015 financial documents ready before filing.  Some reports, like W-2’s or 1099’s, may not arrive until late January.  A complete list of important documents should be available on the website in January.