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Keating steps down as district coordinator for Harford County's Tax-Aide Program

After six years, Bruce Keating recently stepped down as district coordinator for the highly popular AARP Tax-Aide Program in Harford County. Keating was recently honored for his service at a wrap-up session after a successful season where more than 3,000 appointments and more than 2,800 tax returns were prepared by this program's dedicated volunteers.

Keating has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Brown University in 1956 and a master's in business administration from New York University in 1965.

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He retired in 1996 after a 39-year career with the Western Electric Company and later with AT&T and the organization that became Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent). He was an engineering manager for the network systems organization that engineered the installations of central office equipment for the telephone companies

Keating started in the AARP Tax-Aide Program in 1998 preparing tax returns with pen and pencil after a fellow golfer suggested that he could occupy his time in the winter when it was too cold to play golf. In 2000, he started using laptop computers to assist in the preparation of the electronic filed tax returns. Also in 2000, Keating became a Tax-Aide instructor to teach the preparation of returns and the IRS and Maryland State tax codes to fellow volunteers. In 2006, Keating was asked to become the backup for Tony Zalowski, the district coordinator for Harford County. A year later Zalowski retired for health concerns and Keating became the district coordinator.

Keating plans to continue in the AARP Tax-Aide program in Harford County as a counselor and instructor. He will also provide support to the new district coordinator, Lynn Garrison.

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