Tax sites offer free tax help statewide

4 years 4 months 5 days ago Saturday, January 30 2016 Jan 30, 2016 Saturday, January 30, 2016 3:11:00 PM CST January 30, 2016 in News
By: Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - People statewide can get free tax assistance at sites across Missouri. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sites provide free tax preparation and are located in libraries, community centers and other public locations. 

Assistant extension professor with the University of Missouri Extension Andrew Zumwalt said VITA sites serve the purpose of helping low-income individuals who make $54,000 or less to get their taxes done. He said the sites help community members, students, faculty, staff, and anyone who meets the criteria. 

People can bring their tax paperwork to the sites and sit down with volunteers who are MU financial planning students.

"We evaluate the situation, we prepare the return, we review it to make sure everything's entered correctly, and we electronically file the return. If it shows direct deposit they get their refund fairly quickly," Zumwalt said. 

Zumwalt said the sites are busy in February, calm down a bit in March, and then get busy again in April. 

"It gets really busy again in April because people who have procrastinated or put it off, they're looking to get their taxes done," Zumwalt said. 

He said tax fraud is becoming a bigger and bigger issue.

"Tax fraud is becoming a bigger and bigger issue and so we work with clients who maybe their return is rejected, somebody's already filed using their number and so we work with them to file an identity theft affadavit to show the IRS that no this person is the real taxpayer," Zumwalt said.

The VITA sites in Columbia are the Family Impact Center and Stanley Hall and the Law School Library at MU. 

People can enter their ZIP code into the IRS website to find a free tax help site.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — A new law in Missouri expands absentee voting excuses and allows mail-in voting until December 2020 due to... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 2:11:00 PM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Maries County woman was sentenced to 14 years in prison for a deadly fire Friday, but could... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 1:44:28 PM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - This week KOMU 8 will air a longform discussion among local law enforcement leaders, a community activist and... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 11:09:00 AM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts in the community. You... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 10:43:00 AM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's Lunch in the Park program is back to serve children 18 or younger free, nutritious meals during... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 9:55:00 AM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Medical professionals stood silently on the University of Missouri campus to fight racism Thursday evening. The group stood,... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 9:38:00 AM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its May jobs report Friday morning, and national unemployment declined to... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, June 05 2020 Jun 5, 2020 Friday, June 05, 2020 4:33:00 AM CDT June 05, 2020 in News
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has drowned while swimming in a river in... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 11:29:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says the city is making sweeping changes in police procedures... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 9:52:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County reported a second death from COVID-19 Wednesday. The first death in the county was... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 5:10:42 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- As local leaders pick up the pieces and chart a path forward to deal with the widespread financial... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 4:58:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- 300 members of the Missouri National Guard were deployed to Washington, D.C. on Thursday to help local authorities... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 4:41:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – While people are marching and chanting across the world to fight against racism, University of Missouri’s Black students... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 4:34:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The oncology clinic at MU Women's and Children's hospital won't close after all, several sources told KOMU 8... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 4:08:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A former classroom aide at Oakland Middle School was sentenced for fourth-degree assault Thursday after pleading guilty to... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 3:27:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A petition to remove the Thomas Jefferson statue from the University of Missouri quad is gaining momentum with... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 2:25:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Students will be back in classrooms this fall after Lincoln University announced earlier this week that they... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Thursday, June 04, 2020 12:31:00 PM CDT June 04, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
6pm 91°
7pm 90°
8pm 87°
9pm 83°