Tax Day Is Coming Fast, The United Way Is Here To Help

By Chris Conde
March 28, 2017

Tax Day is approaching fast. If you have not filed already, don't delay. Don't let the cost of filing stop you.

The Salina Area United Way is offering free tax preparations services to individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The program is in a new location this year

145B S. Santa Fe.

Open through April 18, services will be available from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays;

1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Services are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

VITA is an IRS-sponsored program for moderate and low-income individuals and families, providing income tax preparation by trained and certified volunteers.

“There are no hidden fees with VITA,” said VITA Site Coordinator Dan Newman. “The same great group of volunteers who have made this program successful for Salina and the surrounding communities are back this year, said Judy Nold, VITA Greeter.

“Last year more than 1,400 had their taxes completed through the program. This year volunteers will provide the same high-level of service that our community has enjoyed in years past,” said Bill Chegwidden, VITA Site Coordinator. In 2015, E-filed total refunds were $1,460,105 for Salina.

Taxpayers must bring a government-issued photo ID, Social Security card or Social Security number verification letter for all persons named on the tax return, as well as each of their birthdates. They must also bring all income statements including W-2 and 1099 forms for all 2016 incomes. Those with health insurance purchased on the marketplace should bring 1095 forms (Affordable Health Care Statements).

Taxpayers hoping to claim a Kansas Homestead refund should bring their 2016 property tax bills, those claiming child-care tax credits should bring the total they paid as well as the provider’s tax ID number.

Those who wish to use receive their refund via direct deposit, or pay their taxes via bank draft should bring a blank check or bank card indicating the account’s routing number and account number.

Finally, copies of last year’s state and federal returns are helpful to speed the process of completing this year’s form.

More information about the VITA program is available at 785-827-1882.