The Kansas City Public Library can point you to a variety of resources that can help with tax preparation assistance.
Find and print forms online:
Federal Tax Forms  (IRS website)
Missouri Tax Forms  (Missouri Department of Revenue)
Kansas Tax Forms  (Kansas Department of Revenue)
Kansas City Tax Forms  (Kansas City Finance Department)
Federal forms are available at:
IRS in Kansas City in Union Station
30 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Mon through Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
IRS in Independence
3730 S. Elizabeth Ave.
Mon through Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Missouri State form is available at:
The only walk-in location where you can pick up Missouri tax forms is at the State Office Building at 615 E. 13th St. The office is open 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. If you filed a paper return last year, you should receive paper forms though the mail again this year. If you filed electronically or have not received your forms by now, your two options are to download forms from the Missouri Website or call toll-free 1-800-877-6881.
Kansas City Tax form is available at:
City Hall - Finance Department
414 E. 12th St.
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For reproducible tax forms:
The Central Reference desk on the third floor of the Central Library  has federal reproducible tax forms.
As more and more people are opting to use online tax preparation and electronic filing for individual income taxes, the federal government has made it easier than ever to link taxpayers to companies who will provide this as a free service to those who meet certain income guidelines.
Internal Revenue Service
The IRS website  has a whole section devoted to what they call Free File . There are links to 15 companies that offer this free service. Be sure to read the Free File FAQs . Be especially sure to always go through the IRS website to link up to a company to take advantage of this free service.
For the latest news from the IRS on recent changes this tax season such as the annual inflation adjustment, check the New & Events section .
Next Step KC
Next Step KC is a coalition of local businesses and community organizations that support working families in building financial stability. Free income tax preparation is available to taxpayers with income less than $53,000. For additional information about tax preparation days and hours, please call the United Way 2-1-1 or 816-474-5112 after January 1, 2015.
Next Step KC operates almost 20 locations  in the Kansas City metro area where VITA volunteers are available to assist with income tax preparation. Just scroll down the page to find an interactive map giving organization names, locations, and times of assistance.
Kansas City Beehive
The Kansas City Beehive offers free income tax information  and filing to metro residents.
The Beehive will help you determine if you're eligible to get money back in taxes through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). See their FAQ on the EITC .
You can also file your federal and state income taxes online for free  if you make around $52,000.
The AARP Tax-Aid program provides free tax preparation and assistance services to low-and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. VITA provides tax assistance to those families with incomes of $53,000 annually or less.
Please check this page for appointment times and locations . We will post updates as they become available.
Free legal resources are available to help low-income families with tax-related problems from prior years. To qualify, income needs to be below $28,725 for individuals or under $58,875 for a family of four. Assistance can include helping respond to IRS audits, establishing payment plans, and other options.
Kansas City Tax Clinic
This is a project of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Graduate Tax Law Foundation and is staffed by UMKC tax law students under the supervision of experienced practitioners. The Kansas City Tax Clinic provides free, high quality representation to those who could not otherwise afford professional assistance.
Contact: UMKC Law School  at 816.235.6201.
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic of Legal Aid of Western Missouri
The LITC at Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free legal representation by experienced tax attorneys for low-income taxpayers in a 40-county area.
Contact: Legal Aid of Western Missouri  at 816.474.6750
J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2015  by the J.K. Lasser Tax Institute
Ernst & Young Tax Guide 2015  by Peter Bernstein
J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2015  by Barbara Weltman