TOPEKA -- Free income tax preparation is being offered now through Tax-Aide, the Tax Counseling program administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. The service is available to any taxpayer regardless of age or income. Tax-Aide counselors can also alert persons to special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible such as Food Sales Tax, and Homestead refunds.
Taxpayers need to provide a copy of their previous year's income tax return, social security cards and photo ID of each family member, all W2 and other forms received as tax information, and any other documentation that can assist the tax preparer.
For additional information contact Community Action, Inc. at 235-9296.
Tax assistance will be available from 9 am - 3 pm at the following Topeka locations: Mondays and Tuesdays at the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, 2910 South Topeka Boulevard.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Community Action's Swygart Center, 621 SE Swygart.
Thursdays at Lowman United Methodist Church, 15th and Gage, and Fridays at First Southern Baptist Church, Peak Bldg, 1930 SW Gage. Homebound or Spanish speaking may also call Community Action at 235-9296 in Topeka.
Due to the last minute tax changes approved by Congress in late December, there are certain types of returns that cannot be prepared until March. Those are: 1) Itemized Deductions, 2) Tuition and Fees Deductions, 3) Educator Expense Deduction, and 4) Homebuyer Credit Repayment.
The program will be available through April 18. Tax-Aide is an authorized IRS e-file provider.