With tax season just around the corner, those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit can get free assistance in filling out their income tax returns.

With tax season just around the corner, those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit can get free assistance in filling out their income tax returns.

EITC is a tax credit for people who work, but do not earn high incomes, and the credit can be as much as $5,657.

There are at least two opportunities to get help in the coming days.

 The nonprofit TRCB-VITA Independence (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) will provide free tax service for those who qualify for EITC.


Qualified taxpayers can attend an EITC Awareness Day from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Trails West Public Library, 11401 E. 23rd St. in Independence.

Volunteers and representatives of the IRS will provide information about the EITC as well as free tax assistance.

Beginning Wednesday, the TRCB-VITA will provide tax assistance at Trails West from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until the library closes.

You don’t need an appointmment; assistance is offered first-come, first-served.

 Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Assistance Centers in the Kansas City area will be open Saturday to provide free tax help to area residents.


The center is at 3730 S. Elizabeth Ave. in  Independence. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

IRS employees will be available to prepare basic tax returns for taxpayers with income of $49,000 and below, especially those qualifying for the Earned Income Tax Credit, according to a press release.

New parents, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster parents may not realize they qualify.

Some families, such as those in the military and those raising children with disabilities, may not realize there are special rules that may help them qualify.