February 14, 2016

Sunset Drive VITA site offers free tax preparation

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is partnering with Next Step KC (formerly known as KC Cash) and El Centro to host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe. VITA sites provide safe, accessible locations for taxpayers to get assistance in preparing their state and federal income tax returns. There is no charge to have returns completed and e-filed.
The Sunset Drive VITA site will be open from 12 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoons and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Feb. 1 through April 12. No appointment necessary. Returns are completed on a first come, first served basis. Spanish language assistance is available. Interpreting for the deaf may be available, but arrangements must be made several days in advance.
Who’s eligible
The maximum household income for eligibility is $51,000.  You will need to bring photo identification, social security cards for each member of the household, and your income information (such as your W-2’s and 1099’s.) Additional documentation needed includes last year’s tax return and a check to show your bank routing number and account number, to take advantage of direct deposit for any refunds.
All VITA tax preparers are trained and certified before completing returns. Preparers are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service.
For further information, contact Valeria Edwards at the Johnson County Extension office at (913)715-7000, or visit www.johnson.ksu.edu.

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