SALINA – Free tax preparation assistance will help you keep more of your hard-earned cash. The Salina Area United Way is offering free tax assistance services to individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program for moderate and low-income individuals and families, providing income tax preparation by trained and certified volunteers.
“There are no hidden fees with VITA, which has played an important role in Salina for years,” said VITA Site Coordinator Dan Newman. “Last year more than 1,500 had tax assistance through the program. Volunteers will provide the same high-level of assistance at the same location as last year,” said Bill Chegwidden, VITA Site Coordinator. In 2016, E-filed total refunds were $1,427,447 for Salina.
The program is in the same location this year, at 145B S. Santa Fe. Tax assistance is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through April 18. Services are offered on a first-come-first-served basis by IRS certified volunteers.
Taxpayers must bring a government-issued photo ID, Social Security card or Social Security number verification letter for all persons named on the tax return, as well as each of their birthdates. They must also bring all income statements including W-2 and 1099 forms for all 2017 incomes. Those with health insurance purchased on the marketplace should bring 1095 forms (Affordable Health Care Statements). Taxpayers hoping to claim a Kansas Homestead refund should bring their 2017 property tax bills. Those claiming child-care tax credits should bring the total they paid as well as the provider’s tax ID number. Those who wish to receive their refund via direct deposit, or pay their taxes via bank draft should bring a blank check or bank card indicating the account’s routing number and account number. Finally, copies of last year’s state and federal returns are helpful to speed the process of completing this year’s form.
More information about the VITA program is available at 785-829-8135.
The mission of the Salina Area United Way is to Strengthen Our Community. For more information about the Salina Area United Way, visit www.unitedwaysalina.org/ To learn more about volunteering visit volunteer.unitedwaysalina.org.