Free Tax Help

The Greater Kansas City FEB has partnered with IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) to provide free tax help for federal employees and their families who made less than $66,000 in 2017 (individual or family).  We also wish to extend this opportunity to contractors who work in federal space and their family members.

 

Online:

There are two IRS web partners who provide free state* and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals.  It’s easy, safe, secure and 100% free.

You will be able to:

  • Use free tax preparation and e-filing of your federal and state return
  • Get assistance; if you have questions, you can call a certified tax coach using the toll free number or email address provided.
  • If unable to contact the certified tax coach immediately, you can leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours.
  • Obtain knowledge and understanding about filing your return.
  • Build confidence to file without assistance in the future.

 

In Person: 

Do you prefer to work with a live person one on one?  The IRS has a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program with locations around Kansas City.  This program offers free tax help to people who generally make $64,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

 

To locate the nearest VITA site near you, click here or call 800-906-9887.

File your taxes online FREE at:

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Volunteering
Looking for a way to give back to your community?  Want to earn continuing education credits?  Interested in adding new skills to your resume?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then consider volunteering for the VITA/TCE program with one of the local community partners.  No experience is necessary since training and materials will be provided, and can be done in person or online.  The hours are also flexible and there’s a range of community organizations that you can volunteer for in various locations throughout the Kansas City metro area.  If interested, get more information by going to https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/IRS-Tax-Volunteers.  You can also call 816-966-2303 for any questions.

Five Ways to Spot a Tax Scam Phone Call

 

As tax filing season begins, make sure you keep an eye (or ear) out for the latest phone scams. Someone claiming to be from the IRS may call you and demand money to pay taxes, or trick you into thinking that you’re owed a refund.

Whatever a scammer says, their goal is always the same: to pressure you into giving them money or personal information. These five IRS tips will help you spot a scam phone call.

For information on protecting yourself from other phone scams, go to USA.gov.