Many residents can get help preparing their federal income taxes starting next week at local libraries.
The Mid-Continent Public Library system is working with AARP’s Tax-Aide program. Volunteers will help those with low and moderate incomes with a focus on those 50 and older. Those using the service need to call ahead and make a reservation.
It’s important to bring the right documents, including a photo ID. Also bring last year’s state and federal returns, plus 2017 wage and earnings statements such as a W-2, W-2G, 1099-R and 1099. And bring Social Security cards or an individual taxpayer identification number assignment letter for yourself, your spouse and your dependents.
Some days and Mid-Continent locations:
• The Blue Springs South branch, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 1 to April 12. The library is at 2220 S. Missouri 7. Call 816-229-3571.
• North Independence, starting at 9 a.m. weekdays from Feb. 1 to April 13 (except Feb. 19 and April 3). It’s at 317 West U.S. 24. Call 816-252-0950.
• Oak Grove, starting at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Feb. 9 to March 2. It’s at 2320 S. Broadway. Call 816-690-3213.
• The Colbern Road branch, starting at 10 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays Feb. 1 to April 13. It’s at 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit. Call 816-525-9924.
Also the Kansas City Public Library is working with AARP and the program called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. That focus is on those making $60,000 a year or less, filing singly or jointly.
The service is available at the Trails West branch, starting at 10 a.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 1. It’s at 11401 E. 23rd St. in Independence. It’s first come, first served.
Also, Trails West will have IRS volunteers on hand from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to show people how to e-file their taxes using the United Way’s www.myfreetaxes.com. This service also is limited to people making less than $66,000 a year.