VITA Tax Assistance Starts Today at the Library

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TOPEKA -- Taxpayers can find all the forms they need at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library. A tax form station in the central atrium offers tarea taxpayers a selection of printed federal tax forms and instructions. Customers should be aware that there are no printed State of Kansas forms or instructions this year. The Department of Revenue is not providing the printed forms in an effort to save $450,000 in printing and personnel costs.

From now until April 14th, the library will open the Computer Training Center every Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 until 6:00pm. It's for those you needing cmoputer and Internet access to file your returns. Staffers will be available to help troubleshoot computer problems, but can't answer tax-related questions. Customers can also use their library cards to sign up reserving a study room for a private place to file taxes.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sessions begin today, February 2nd. Hours are Tuesdays from 6:00 till 8:30pm, Thursdays from 3:00 through 8:30pm, and again on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 till 4:00. VITA is done on a first-come, first-served basis, with signups one hour before VITA opens. You should bring:

* Proof of identification
* Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents.
* Birth dates for everyone in your family.
* W-2 income statements, along with wage and earning statements, interest and dividend statements, and account numbers for direct deposit. You and your spouse should be on hand to sign the required forms.