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Johnson County

Free Tax Preparation Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site

Dates and Times: Feb. 3 - April 14, 2016

  • Wednesdays: Noon - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: Noon - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

First Come/First Served, no appointments

Location: Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS 66061 Map to our office

 Graphic Free Income Tax Preparation

It's income tax time! Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is again partnering with El Centro and NextStepKC to host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at our Sunset Drive Office Building.

What: We complete 2015 Federal and State returns beginning in February 2016; we don’t do past years’ returns until March.

Who Qualifies for Free Tax Assistance
Anyone whose household income is $54,000 or below may have their state and federal income tax returns completed and e-filed FREE of charge.

All VITA site staff are trained and certified to complete federal income tax returns, as well as returns from any state. Taxpayers are assisted on a first come-first served basis, no appointment is needed.

Special Services Available

  • Servicio Disponible en Espanol
  • Interpreting for the deaf may be available.
  • Arrangements must be made several days in advance.

What to Bring With You
Having all documentation for identity and income is ESSENTIAL to completing the income tax return efficiently the first time.

  • Photo identification
  • Social security cards for every member of the household
  • Your income information (such as your W-2's and 1099's)
  • Last year's tax return
  • Your bank routing number and account number (to take advantage of direct deposit for any refunds) Bring your checkbook!
  • Taxpayers must provide documentation of health insurance for every family member.
    • Health insurance must meet the Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
    • Proof of MEC may be found on a Form 1095-C if insurance was obtained through a large employer, or
    • On a Form 1095-B if insurance is purchased through a small employer, purchased on the open market, or provided through Medicare or Medicaid, or
    • On a Marketplace Form 1095-A, if insurance was purchased through the ACA Marketplace.

For additional information, contact the Johnson County Extension office at 913-715-7000.

What is VITA?
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. All VITA site staff are trained and certified to complete federal income tax returns, as well as returns from any state. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

DIY — Do it Yourself
Would you rather prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax return yourself, for FREE? If your total household income is less than $62,000, you may do so by using www.myfreetaxes.com/kc to get started!

Research has shown that people who complete their own income tax returns have a better understanding of how their behaviors affect their financial wellbeing, and take actions to improve their financial wellbeing as a result.

For additional information, contact the Johnson County Extension office at 913-715-7000.

Contact Us

Valeria Edwards
Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
Valeria.Edwards@jocogov.org

Choosing an Income Tax Preparer

If you do not qualify for VITA and don't want to do-it-yourself, follow these guidelines before hiring a tax professional.