Image: Selected IRS tax forms.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

VITA is being offered in-person at Washburn Law in 2023 on
February 4, March 4 and 26, and April 8 and 15 ONLY.

Clients must sign up in advance for a time slot.
Walk-ins accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: Assistance is available at other locations, days, and times.
See page 2 of this information sheet (291 KB PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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 2022 tax year (to be filed by Tuesday, April 18, 2023). Families and individuals grossing $60,000 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 (1st Floor, Common Area) (see map to Washburn Law) on selected Saturdays and one Sunday in February, March, and April from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (doors close at 4:00 p.m.). Preferred entrance to the law school is on the south side of the building.

Appointments must be scheduled.

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, 2022. SSN verification can be a social security card or an official document from Social Security containing the FULL social security number OR Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for resident aliens.
    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 2022 jobs.
    • 1099-G form, if you received unemployment insurance benefits or a state refund in 2022.
    • 1099-INT, if you received interest paid by a financial institution in 2022 (or the year-end statement showing any interest).
    • Any other 1099 forms, including SSA-1099 (Social Security), 1099-DIV, 1099-MISC, and 1099-NEC.
    • 1099-R distributions from annuities, IRA's, retirement plans, pensions, etc.
    • All other 1095 (health insurance) and 1098 (tuition) forms.
    • Economic Impact Payment amounts.
    • Any IRS notices received in 2022 for any person on the tax return, including IRS Letter 6475 for the 3rd EIP, IRS Letter 6419 for the 2021 advanced child tax credit, and any current protection PIN numbers, if assigned
    • W-2G Gambling Income
    • 2022 Property Tax statement or receipt if claiming the Homestead Credit.
    • If itemizing deductions: include medical expenses (including insurance), property tax for home and car, mortgage interest, and charitable donations.
    • 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.
  • Routing and account number(s) where a refund will be direct deposited. We can view a check. No deposit slips.

Volunteers will NOT prepare:

  • Schedule C (Profit or Loss from a Business with expenses over $35,000).
  • Complicated and Advanced Schedule D (capital gains and losses).
  • Schedule E (Rents and Royalties).
  • Schedule F.
  • Returns with virtual currency.
  • Form 8615 (Minor's Investment Income).
  • Returns for clients currently involved in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Clients must sign up in advance for a day and a time window.

See the 2023 Free Income Tax Assistance brochure (291 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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