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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

All VITA sessions scheduled for spring 2020 at Washburn Law have been cancelled.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.

The Tax and Estate Planning Association at Washburn University School of Law will again assist individuals and families in the community with preparing and filing their tax returns for the 2019 tax year (to be filed by Monday, April 15, 2020). Families and individuals grossing $54,000 or less are eligible for the VITA program. All returns will be filed electronically with the IRS.

Tax assistance is being provided this year at Washburn University School of Law (Law Library, 1st Floor, Room 125) (see map to Washburn Law) on Saturdays beginning February 8 and ending April 11, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (doors close at 4:00 p.m.). No appointments are scheduled, but please note that clients are helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other locations where you can get assistance are shown on page 1 in this brochure (773 KB PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Affordable Care Act: Taxpayers should bring documentation of health insurance coverage for all persons on the tax return or reasons for/proof of an exemption from coverage.

Also, the following tax information, as appropriate, is needed to complete tax forms:

  • REQUIRED: Birth dates and verification of social security number (SSN) for the taxpayer, spouse and any children born in the household on or before December 31, 2019. SSN verification can be a social security card or an official document from Social Security containing the FULL social security number.
    No photo copies or pictures on smart phone screens will be accepted.
  • REQUIRED: Photo ID for the primary taxpayers on the return.
  • REQUIRED: If a person plans on filing a joint tax return with their spouse, their spouse must physically come with them to the site or a power of attorney allowing the filing spouse to file the joint return must be completed.
  • PREFERRED: A copy of the last tax return filed.
  • REQUIRED (if applicable):
    • W-2 forms from all 2019 jobs.
    • 1099-G form, if you received unemployment insurance benefits or a state refund in 2019.
    • 1099-INT, if you received interest paid by a financial institution in 2019.
    • All other 1095 (health insurance), 1098 (tuition), and 1099 forms.
    • Any statements received from a mortgage company during 2019.
    • Any notices sent to the worker by the IRS in 2019.
    • Taxpayers with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) should bring the ITIN card sent to them by the IRS. Taxpayers need either an ITIN or a SSN for the Child Tax Credit.
    • W-2 G Gambling Income
    • 2019 Property Tax Form or receipt if claiming the Homestead Credit.
  • Routing and account number(s) where a refund will be direct deposited. We can view a check. No deposit slips.

See the 2020 Free Income Tax Assistance brochure (773 KB PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) for more information and other Shawnee County tax assistance times and locations, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library website for more information about filing federal and state income taxes and tax forms.

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