This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45thyear, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service.
“Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers here in Kansas, we are able to help thousands of Kansans with free tax preparation assistance,” said AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner. “We know this is a valuable service that so many rely on each year and we are happy that we can continue to make a difference.”
In 2013, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 35,000 volunteers at nearly 6,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $244 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).
Last year in Kansas, 389 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 35,500 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 76 sites in Kansas including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
It is recommended that those who need tax assistance should call the location to make an appointment prior to going–especially during February when Tax-Aide volunteers are extremely busy. Also, be sure the bring the following to your appointment:
–Last year’s tax return
–Social Security card for yourself, spouse, dependents
–W-2 forms from employer
–Unemployment compensation statements
–SSA-1099 form if you received Social Security benefits
–All 1099 forms showing interest or dividends, pensions, and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets
–1099-Misc. showing any miscellaneous income
–*2013 Property Tax (real estate) Statement, including Oil Tax Statement, if applying for Homestead or Property Tax Refund for Homeowners. This refund is no longer available for renters.
–*All receipts, statements, or cancelled checks if itemizing deductions (including vehicle registration)
–All forms indicating Federal Income Tax paid
–Dependent care provider information (name, employer, ID, SS number)