Low and moderate income individuals, families and senior citizens can once again receive free assistance in completing and filing their federal, state and local tax returns through RSVP of Northeast Kansas’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
For more than 20 years, RSVP volunteers have assisted residents with low and moderate incomes who need help with their basic tax returns through the VITA program.
“This program would not be possible without the dedicated support of the volunteers spending countless hours throughout the tax season to help families and individuals become more financially stable and economically independent,” said Joni Spellmeier, Executive Director of RSVP. “This program is a prime example of bringing community partners together to advance the common good for all in Marshall and Washington Counties.”
“During times such as these, a program like this can have a huge impact on families in our community,” said Spellmeier, who noted that last year RSVP certified program volunteers completed more than 488 tax returns with more than $387,193 being returned to the community – and the family budgets of those most in need of this infusion of fiscal resources.
Residents using the VITA service are asked to bring the following items: a valid photo ID; all W2 Forms; all 1099 forms (interest, dividends, pensions); local wage tax forms; Social Security numbers for all taxpayers and dependents; last year’s tax returns; information related to income and expenses; real estate tax receipts; and a personal banking account check if you would like direct deposit.
The VITA walk-in service in Marysville will be offered in the Helvering Center Community room on Wednesdays from Feb. 1 to April 11, 2012. Hours of service will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. An evening session will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Lincoln Center, 405 N. 4th Street. If unable to make it on any of these dates, appointments will be made to accommodate working families. Call the RSVP office to make an appointment.
The following one-day sites are also available: Axtell – Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Ace’s Backroom at 402 Maple; Blue Rapids – Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Blue Rapids Community Center on the North side of Public Square; Frankfort – Friday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Elm St. Apartments, 201 N. Elm [new location]; Summerfield – Monday, Feb. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Community Center at 211 Main Street; Waterville – Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Waterville Elementary School, 307 E. Lincoln; Hanover – Friday, Feb. 10 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Kloppenberg Senior Center, 101 Highland; also at Hanover by appointment by calling 562-2154 or 337-2521; and Washington – Tuesday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Colonial Acres at 350 Washington Street.
Service will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, call RSVP at 785-562-2154.