Free E-File income tax preparation help is now available at sites across Kansas. The assistance sites are starting today. Community IRS trained and certified volunteers will help low-to-moderate income people prepare their tax returns. The volunteers will help complete electronically filed Federal and State individual income tax returns and limited Kansas Homestead Claims & Property Tax Relief Claims. To qualify for the assistance, in general the household income must be less than $53,000 per year. The service is also available for individuals with disabilities, the elderly and those with limited English-speaking abilities.

AARP Kansas also offers Tax-Aide through the IRS-sponsored Tax Counseling for the Elderly program at additional sites throughout Kansas. Those sites provide free tax help to seniors.

Due to changes in the law, renters should be aware that they are no longer eligible for a Homestead Claim. There Food Sales Tax credit is also now non-refundable so it does not generate a refund beyond the amount of taxes owed.

Both spouses must be present to sign the required forms if they are filing jointly and bank routing numbers and account numbers must be provided to have the refund deposited directly into a checking or savings account. 

To locate the nearest VITA site, find out what you need to bring and to make an appointment to have your taxes done, call 1-800-906-9887. A list of AARP Kansas Tax-Aide sites is available by calling 1-888-227-7669.

A Few Free Tax Prep Locations

Wichita

Atwater Neighborhood Center

Call 303-8016 to schedule an appointment.

Colvin City Hall

2821 S. Roosevelt St.

Downtown Senior Ctr

200 S. Walnut St.

Topeka

Jayhawk AAA

2910 S.W Topeka Bld Docking

State Office Building

915 SW Harrison St., Room 163. Open 9a.m. to 3p.m., Monday through Friday.

Salina

United Way Sponsored Site

110 S. Santa Fe. Open from 10a.m to 4p.m. Mondays; 1 to 6p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9a.m to 2p.m on Saturdays. Services are offered on a first-come-first served basis.

Hutchinson 

First Christian Church

15 E. 5th Ave.

Junction City

Junction City Senior Center

1025 S. Spring Valley

Lawrence

Lawrence Senior Ctr.

74 Vermont St.

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