Low-income residents, students, senior citizens and others can get free help at a variety of locations through April 15.
If you're still scratching your head over tax forms on this last weekend before the April 15 deadline, take heed: Plenty of free tax help is available for low-income, elderly and other taxpayers at several area locations.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, is offering help, as is the American Association of Retired Persons and even the Internal Revenue Service.
"We're really making an effort to get out in the community and let taxpayers know there is an opportunity for some refunds," said Richard Lorenzo, VITA coordinator.
About 30 Kansas University law students participating in the program will be available at several locations throughout town to help with income taxes for those whose annual incomes are less than $50,000, students, elderly, people with disabilities and those who don't speak English:
Today: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., KU Burge Union, Pioneer Room; 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., KU law school, room 108.
Monday: 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m., KU law school, room 104; 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., resident services office, 1600 Haskell.
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services office, 1901 Del.; 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. KU law school, room 104.
Wednesday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., KU Burge Union, Daisy Hill Room.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-noon, Penn House, 1035 Pa.; noon-3 p.m., resident services office, 1600 Haskell; noon-3:30 p.m., SRS office, 1901 Del.; and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 946 N.H.
For more information, call the VITA office at (785) 864-9271.
The American Association of Retired Persons is offering Tax-Aide, a free tax preparation program, for people over 60 with low or moderate income. Assistance will be available Tuesday and Thursday.
Trained volunteers will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vt. Taxpayers should bring all paperwork concerning income, interest and other assets for 1998 and their 1997 tax return.
Anyone who has questions or requires a home visit for health reasons should call Ken Rowen at 842-8847 or Jack Connelly at 865-3985.
The Internal Revenue Service has several ways for taxpayers to get help, including a 24-hour help line.
For assistance, taxpayers can call (800) 829-1040.
Tax forms can be ordered from the IRS at (800) 829-3676. Forms also can be downloaded from the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/.
Two area IRS offices offer tax preparation help:
- In Mission, the office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 5799 Broadmoore, Suite 400.
- In Topeka, the office is at 120 S.E. Sixth, Suite 200. It's open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, and 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday for last-minute assistance.
State tax assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Docking State Office Building, Room 158. The office will be open until midnight Thursday.
Last-minute forms from the IRS are available in several ways. The fastest is through the Internet at www.irs.ustreas.gov.
Taxpayers also can send faxed form request to (703) 368-9694.