Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tax Time


Today is the first day of my annual volunteer job, assisting people in preparing their tax returns for the Tax-Aide program at the Three Rivers Community Center and other senior centers and facilities. I thought I would celebrate by posting my painting of one of my fellow tax volunteers with her apprehensive client. I like the long curl of paper tape coming out of the calculator.

Tax-Aide assists low to moderate income people, emphasizing helping the elderly. I'm sorry that we have a tax system that is either too complicated or too frightening for many people to feel confident about doing their own returns without assistance. Perhaps some day it will be different, but as it is, we can always use more volunteers for next year! The Tax-Aide program is supported by AARP, wbsite here: http://www.aarp.org/taxaide/

12 comments:

Jacob said...

Congratulations on your fine service with the Tax-Aide program! That is truly a wonderful thing to do and I'm sure you have many happy and satisfied senior clients.

But the painting is absolutely beautiful. I don't think I've seen any of your paintings before, but I'm very impressed. You have captured the essence of these people...and made them come alive.

I hope you'll show more of your work in the future!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love the painting...I didn't know you did that!

It is great you volunteer, I'm sure your help is greatly appreciated.

Sue

Louis la Vache said...

As Jacob said, if it won't (ahem) tax you too much, post more of your paintings! ;-)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Your painting and your generosity are equally fantastic. My understanding is that waterclors are difficult because you cannot paint over portions to edit or change them. You have captured the spirit of your scene in a very moving way.

Thank you for the worthwhile work that you do. And you are right. Taxes are difficult for people of any age, but especially for the elderly.

Carolyn said...

You clearly have a generous and artistic soul.

magiceye said...

marvelous painting and wonderful work that you do!

VP said...

I thought this was a weird subject for a painting, but you did it really well: it's a charming work which describes perfectly the moment.

B SQUARED said...

Flat rate tax! An idea whose time has come.

Lois said...

How wonderful! The painting is beautiful.

helenmac said...

a charming painting! you are incredible in your energy and talent and generosity. Ditto to the request that you post more of your watercolors.

lizziviggi said...

I love the painting-- you're very talented! I actually like the subject matter, too. I find situations where strangers are forced to be intimate (what's more intimate than picking apart your life for a year?) fascinating. I had no idea that such an organization existed. Thank goodness for warm-hearted people like yourself and the lady in your painting!

cieldequimper said...

Very nice painting. And very nice volunteer activity too.