Tax season is a time of worry and nail biting for many who have to file their annual paperwork.
This year, Hesston Area Senior Center is making the process much less stressful. The Senior Center is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-certified group Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
On March 12, VITA member Cleta Smith will be at the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help Hesston residents file taxes.
Smith said the VITA organization will help make tax-time less of a headache.
“All you need to bring is a photo ID, social security card, all sources of income – W-2’s 10-99’s, and last year’s tax return if possible,” she said.
For those with itemized deductions, Smith said bringing proof of those deductions will ensure they are correctly figured.
“If you have student loans or you are a parent paying tuition, bring that paperwork. If they have dependents, bring their social security cards. If they are filing for a homestead tax and are a renter, we need your landlords name, address and home number. If a homestead owner is filing, they need to show how much tax was paid in 2012,” she said.
Smith said some self-employed residents will qualify for free assistance.
“People who are self-employed cannot have more than $5,000 in expenses and cannot have loss. We also cannot deal with depreciation – if you have rental homes and they depreciate or if you have farm income,” she said.
Smith said since the service is free, families with incomes over $50,000 do not qualify to have their taxes filed.
For those interested in having their taxes filed at the Hesston Area Senior Center, appointments are requested. The Senior Center can be contacted at 620-327-5099.
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