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The IRS training school for Norman community volunteers working in the Norman Area AARP Tax Aide Program will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Norman Public Library, 225 North Webster.

Class sessions will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 12. At the end of this free training, volunteers must pass an IRS certification test before being certified as Tax Counselors. Counselors will be asked to serve a minimum of 4 hours a week for 10 weeks (February through April) preparing free State and Federal income tax forms for taxpayers with middle and low income with special focus on seniors and the disadvantaged. This free volunteer-run AARP program is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.

The Norman Area Tax Aide Program has openings for additional volunteers for enrollment in this year's IRS training school. If you would like to be trained in income tax preparation including electronic filing and be willing to provide volunteer tax service to Norman area residents in need can call Bill Kuriger, local coordinator, at 329-5094.

Last year 18 volunteer Counselors prepared more than 1,000 state and federal tax returns for Norman area taxpayers. This year there will be two preparation sites operating. One will be at the Norman Senior Citizens Center, 329 South Peters, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday of each week for 10 weeks beginning Feb. 2 and ending April 11. Tax returns will be by electronic filing.

This site will be for low and middle income senior citizens by appointment only. Call the Norman Senior Citizens Center at 329-4200 for an appointment.

The other site will be on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Norman Public Library, 225 North Webster. Service will be for low and middle income taxpayers on a first come first served basis. It will run each Monday evening for 10 weeks starting Feb. 6 and ending April 10.

Taxpayers should bring with them a copy of their 2004 federal and state tax returns along with their W-2, 1099, and other materials showing income and expenses.

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