AARP and VITA Tax-Aid


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. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides assistance to those with a low income (around $53K or less).

AARP Tax-Aid in the KC area | VITA Tax-Aid in the KC Area
VITA Recommendations

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. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides assistance to those with a low income.

The IRS specifies that VITA serves people who make less than $53,000 per year. However, the minimum income required to qualify for VITA tax-aid may vary from group to group.

Please visit the IRS website for more information about free tax preparation and assistance.

 

AARP Tax-Aid in the Kansas City area

Feeling fed up? Frustrated again during tax season? Unsure where to turn for help? Below are some places you can go for help, starting in February. AARP Tax Assistance can be found at the following locations (special consideration given to those 60 years and older):

Kansas City Public Library

  • Waldo Branch: February 2 – April 12
    201 East 75th Street
    816.701.3486

    Mondays & Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There are 25 slots available per day.

  • Southeast Branch
    6242 Swope Parkway
    816.701.3484

    Time and dates to be announced.


Salvation Army—February 3 – April 15
500 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO
816.753.6040

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Call for appointment


Mid-Continent Public Library: Raytown—February 3 – April 15
6131 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO
816.353.2052

Mondays & Wednesdays: 9:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Call for appointment


Mid-Continent Public Library: Red Bridge—February 2 – April 13
11140 Locust, Kansas City, MO
816.942.1780

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Call for appointment

 

VITA Tax-Aid in the Kansas City area

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

VITA will be assisting those with a low income (around $53K or less) at the following locations:

Kansas City Public Library: February 2 – April 7

No appointment necessary

  • Central Library
    14 West 10th Street
    816.701.3433

    Mondays & Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Vault Level Multipurpose Room

    Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p .m.
    Meeting Room 312 on the 3rd Floor

  • North-East Branch
    6000 Wilson Road
    816.701.3485

    Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Plaza Branch
    4801 Main Street
    816.701.3481

    Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Trails West Branch
    11401 East 23rd Street
    816.701.3483

    Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    - February 7
    - February 14
    - February 21
    - April 4


Full Employment Council—February 2 – April 15
1740 Paseo, Kansas City, MO
816.471.2330

Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
No appointment necessary


AIM – Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church—January 31 – April 15
2310 East Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO
816.923.3689

Wednesdays: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
No appointment necessary

 

VITA Recommendations

The upper income limit for both single or filing jointly is $53,000. VITA recommends bringing the following (not all may apply to you personally), which is probably a good idea for any tax assistance program:

  • Photo ID for taxpayer and spouse
  • Income documentation (W-2s, 1099s, Social Security SSA-1099, Unemployment 1099-G, 1099-R, etc.)
  • Social Security cards for taxpayer, spouse and dependents
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • For day care expenses, total amount paid to each provider, and provider’s name, address and ID number (SSN or Employer ID #)
  • For student loan interest, amount of interest paid
  • For education expenses, types of expense, amounts paid, and documentation
  • For direct deposit of refunds, bank account # and bank routing # (this can be found on checks and deposit slips)

 

For itemized deductions:

  • Mortgage statements for mortgage interest and real estate tax
  • Property tax paid for vehicles
  • Amounts paid to city and state for income tax
  • Charitable contributions
  • Medical Expenses, insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs
  • For elderly and disabled, proof of property tax and rent paid