Local Agencies Offer Free Tax Aide And Tips For Last Minute Tax Filers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Tax preparers who have been burning the midnight oil for 2 months will soon get a break and the paperwork and crunching numbers for tax filers is almost over too.

"It's always a little stressful but I have my own business and my own accountant," said local taxpayer, Frank Padilla.

For those who don't want to or can't afford an accountant, the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging is one of several agencies offering free tax aid and income assistance for people needing last minute help.

"They did help make it easier, yes, I didn't even have to wait, they took me right away, and corrected everything," said local taxpayer, Carol Barry.

Bob Wollin is the District Coordinator for AARP and he says there are 2 filing mistakes that happen the most frequently.

"Either getting the wrong social security number or the wrong spelling of their name. Most of our rejects we get back for those 2 items," said Wollin.

And Wollin says when it comes to the decision of whether to file on paper or electronically, the decision is clear.

"99.99% are filed electronically and that's the best and fastest way to do it," said Wollin.

Completing taxes can be a grueling task and Wollin has a few key tips to remember.

"Check your numbers, check your spellings, it's best not to rush," said Wollin.

There weren't any new deductions for 2012, but for next year, the food tax rebate will be taken away for anyone with an annual income less than $16,000.