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AICPA, IRS seeking volunteers to mystery shop low-income tax clinics.

Consistent with its national financial literacy outreach efforts, the AICPA is working with the Internal Revenue Service to strengthen volunteer tax-return-preparation clinics for low-income families. These clinics help families in your community who are near or below the poverty level and help local economies with an injection of federal funds. Many CPAs volunteer at VITA and similar clinics.

To help improve quality control so taxpayers are well-served, the AICPA is providing mystery shoppers to clinics around the country. This will require some training in Dec. and a visit to a site and a feedback report in early Feb. 2006. CPAs shoppers will have a fictitious return prepared at a site and will report on procedures being followed, not on specific volunteers.

If you have some acting skill, a basic knowledge of taxes, and a few hours, you can help volunteer-based clinics better serve low-income taxpayers. Volunteer by sending an e-mail to
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Publication:CPA Letter
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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