For Immediate Release
January 26, 2015
UNITED WAY CONTACT
Lillian Moss, Communications Assistant
United Way promotes free tax help resources for low/moderate income families
TOPEKA, KAN. – With the beginning of tax season, United Way of Greater Topeka is promoting two free tax preparation options for low-to-moderate income families. The VITA/AARP tax preparation program is offered through K-State Research and Extension at 12 area sites. A brochure with a list of the sites can be found at http://www.shawnee.ksu.edu/doc3299.ashx.
United Way of Greater Topeka provides $5,000 to K-State Research and Extension to support the VITA tax preparation program. In 2013, the VITA/AARP program helped local taxpayers receive $8.9 million in federal refunds and pay more than $900,000 in taxes owed. The free tax assistance also saved taxpayers approximately $1.6 million in tax preparation fees. (Source: IRS)
“This aligns perfectly with United Way of Greater Topeka’s community goal of financial stability,” said Abel Frederic, director of community impact, United Way of Greater Topeka. “Our focus is to improve the financial stability of residents across Shawnee County, not just the single family and not just the single individual. For the $5,000 that United Way invests in the VITA program, the return on investment is more than $10 million dollars back into this community. A large number of families and individuals are able to file their taxes because of this service,” said Frederic.
Even with 96 volunteers last year, all of the tax sites were extremely busy. For faster assistance it’s best to have a photo ID as well as your Social Security card and all of your documents (which are listed in the brochure) ready. “Come prepared, make sure that you bring all of the documents and tax forms that we will need and make sure that they are completed,” said Cindy Evans, Extension Agent, K-State Research and Extension.
Those who prefer to do their taxes online can visit www.myfreetaxes.com. The myfreetaxes.com site is free for Individuals or families with a combined income of $60,000 or less in 2014. It is sponsored by United Way Worldwide, Goodwill Industries, the National Disability Institute and WalMart.
ABOUT UNITED WAY
United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence. For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.
United Way of Greater Topeka
1315 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, Kansas 66604
785.273.4804 | www.unitedwaytopeka.org