As the April 18 federal and state income tax deadline nears, help is available in coming days in Independence.


The mobile van will be in town for nine days. Taxpayers earning less than $57,000 a year can use laptop computers and tax-preparation software to do their taxes for free.


Dates and locations:


• Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in room 103 of the Public Safety Building at Metropolitan Community College – Blue River, 20301 E. Missouri 78.


• Sunday through April 9, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the upper level (near Hallmark Cards) at Independence Center.


Those attending need to bring photo identification; Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers for each family member; birth dates for everyone listed on the tax return; W2s, 1099s and other income tax forms from all employers; childcare providers’ names, addresses, tax ID numbers and amounts paid during 2010; bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of refunds; and a copy of last year’s tax return.


Taxpayers also can file their taxes online at