The National Association of Black Accountants has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the AARP Foundation to promote the Tax-Aide program to multicultural low- and moderate-income taxpayers and senior citizens.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program has provided free income tax assistance to people with low and moderate incomes since 1968.

“This new initiative builds on years of tax preparation experience by NABA members,” NABA vice president of membership Michelle Harris stated. “Community service is intrinsic to NABA’s motto -- 'Lifting As We Climb' -- and we are uniquely positioned to engage thousands of members across the country to deliver on the goals of the AARP Tax-Aide Program.”

In 2014, the program provided 2.6 million people with free tax help, and those who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $257 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.

NABA will use its chapter network and relationships with community-based organizations to reach more taxpayers who are eligible for free tax preparation assistance. NABA will also recruit volunteers who will be trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service to deliver tax preparation services www.aarpfoundation.org/ta-naba.“I believe this partnership with the AARP Foundation affirms the importance of strategic alliances to broaden the impact of programs and services and demonstrates a mutual commitment to provide financial education and tax preparation to underserved communities,” NABA chairman Kenneth Cooke said in a statement.

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