VITA Information, Feb. 8-May 1, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will continue the approach that was followed at the end of last year’s tax season at Newton Public Library. This approach allows VITA volunteers to assist lower-income taxpayers without meeting them in person.
Those seeking free VITA assistance should follow this procedure:
• Visit Newton Public Library starting on Monday, Feb. 8, and pick up a VITA packet at the public service desk. The packet will include detailed instructions, plus forms to fill out.
• Return the completed VITA packet, along with your tax documents, to staff at the public service desk. Please note that taxpayers are required to include copies of photo ID cards for themselves and their spouses, along with Social Security or ITN cards for all family members, including children. A self-service photocopy machine is available at the library, and copies are $0.10 per page.
All documentation will be stored in a locked room for taxpayer security.
• After your completed packet has been submitted, you will receive a phone call from a VITA volunteer within seven days. The volunteer will either request more information or let you know that your tax return has been completed and can be picked up at the library.
• After you have picked up your return, you will receive a second phone call from a VITA volunteer to review the return with you.
• Once you and the VITA volunteer have reviewed the return, you will return the authorization form to the public service desk and your return will be electronically filed by the VITA volunteer.
• This year’s tax filing deadline is May 17, but to give volunteers time to assist all taxpayers, the deadline to submit a VITA packet is Saturday, May 1.
Newton Public Library’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
New volunteers are always needed. Interested individuals may contact the Newton Public Library for this rewarding experience in assisting others.
Library staff will assist patrons to print forms for ten cents per page.
Federal tax forms are not available in paper form at the Library. Federal tax forms are online here.
The State of Kansas no longer makes paper forms available to Libraries; the online forms are here.
Did you receive unemployment?
Unemployment benefits are taxable and must be reported on your federal tax return. A record number of Americans are applying for unemployment compensation due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you received unemployment benefits, as well as the additional $600 per week in coronavirus relief any time during the year, your tax return may be affected.