Volunteers will be opening up shop on Feb. 10 to help people file tax returns. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available without charge to help low- and moderate-income people, generally earning $51,000 or less, who cannot prepare their own tax returns.
Three volunteers will be at the Pratt Community Center, 619 N. Main, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings or at other times by appointment. RSVP Director Tiffany Ailstock is the coordinator.
In addition to federal and state income tax returns, volunteers can help with special credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or Disabled, for which some filers may qualify.
There are a couple of changes in the law that may affect taxpayers, Ailstock said. Renters, or people who may have signed ownership of their home to children but continue to live in it, are no longer eligible for a Homestead Claim. The Food Sales Tax credit is now non-refundable, so it does not generate a refund beyond the amount of taxes owed.
People should plan to spend about an hour at the center when they come to have their taxes filed, Ailstock advised. Volunteers helped 423 people last year.