MU Extension offers free tax return preparation for qualifying taxpayers

Monday, February 6, 2017

The University of Missouri Extension is offering free assistance with filing 2016 Tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Volunteers will be at the MU Extension Center, 353 S. Lafayette in Marshall on February 15, 16 and March 7 and 22, 2017 to help those disabled, seniors and lower income individuals and families.

To schedule an appointment, call the MU Extension Center in Marshall 660-886-6908. The IRS website https://www.irs.gov/individuals/checklist-for-free-tax-return-preparation offers the checklist of what documents to bring to ensure all the required documents and information are on hand to file. Examples are Photo ID of taxpayer(s), Social Security card for all on the return, proof of income such as W-2, 1099 for wages, Social Security benefits, and proof for deductions or credits such as IRA or ROTH contributions, payments for childcare, and bank account information if a refund is deposited. For married couples filing jointly, both adults must be present to sign documents.

Those disabled or age 65 and over who qualify for the Missouri Property Tax program must bring receipt of paid property tax or verification letter from property owner for rent paid.

The University of Missouri Extension is an equal opportunity/ADA institution, if special accommodations are required, please let us know in advance and we will make arrangements.

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