April 5, 2013

Free tax help is available as filing deadline nears

Programs in the area provide free access to tax software online and to trained tax preparation help at several locations.

Free tax help is available in the Kansas City area as the April 15 filing deadline approaches.

The Internal Revenue Service’s Free File online service provides access to branded software to prepare and electronically file taxes.

Face-to-face help preparing taxes similarly is available at several locations through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

VITA is available in the Kansas City area through the KC Cash Coalition. It is available free to households that earned $51,000 or less.

Among many area VITA locations:

• Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church at 2310 E. Linwood Blvd. in Kansas City. It will provide access to trained tax preparers 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday.

• TRCB-Living the Word Ministries at 6158 Raytown Trafficway in Kansas City will provide help 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

• New Legend at 650 E. Fifth St. will provide help 9-11 a.m. and 1-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call 816-659-6236 for an appointment. Some volunteers at the site speak Vietnamese.

Tax services are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the Full Employment Council at 4720 Paseo in Kansas City.

Other area VITA sites and additional information are available from the

IRS online or by calling 800-906-9887, and from KC Cash Coalition online or by calling the United Way at 816-474-5112.

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