Tax Assistance

The Kansas City Public Library is committed to connecting our community to information resources. In addition to the tax forms and information you’ll find here, the library will host MyFreeTaxes workshops at multiple locations and AARP-Tax Aide clinics at our Waldo location during the 2020 Tax season.

Paper Forms:

Federal forms:

IRS in Kansas City in Union Station
30 West Pershing Rd. Suite 600, Kansas City, MO 64108
Mon through Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
816-966-2840

Missouri State form:

State Office Building
615 E. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Mon through Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.
1-800-877-6881

Kansas City Tax form:

City Hall - Revenue Division - 2nd Floor
414 E. 12th St.
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
816-513-1120

Free Tax Preparation

Note: Library staff are NOT tax experts. All questions are to go through the tax service preparers. Call 2-1-1 for assistance.

AARP Tax-Aide At the Library

During Tax Season (February - April), representatives from AARP will be on hand to assist seniors with low to moderate income with their federal and state (Missouri and Kansas) income tax returns.

Connecting for Good

Connecting for Good operates several IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax preparation sites in the Kansas City area. Free tax help is available for taxpayers with income less than $60,000 who cannot prepare their own tax returns. For additional information about tax preparation days and hours, visit them online.

VITA

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation of federal and state returns to low-/moderate-income working families in the Kansas City metro area. VITA also provides outreach on tax incentives, particularly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit to low-/moderate-income taxpayers. Make sure you have all the required documents and an email address.

MilTax

MilTax, Military OneSource’s free tax services, provides easy-to-use software that is designed specifically for the military community. MilTax consultants also can help military members and their families take command of their taxes and be the best guardian of their finances and families. Military OneSource also offers practical articles and guidelines on what you need to do to file a successful return.

What to bring to your tax help appointment

  • A current email address (with the correct password)
  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security cards or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents (Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN)
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • All 1095 Forms, Health Insurance Statements
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • Direct deposit and/or banking information
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Proof of daycare expenses with provider name, address and ID number
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable

HELP WITH TAX ISSUES

Internal Revenue Service: Interactive Tax Assistant

The IRS has developed the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) - a tool that provides answers to several tax law questions. Using the ITA, you can determine if a type of income is taxable, if you're eligible to claim certain credits, and if you can deduct expenses on your tax return. It also provides answers for general questions, such as determining your filing status, if you can claim dependents, if you have to file a tax return.

Kansas City Tax Clinic

This is a project of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Graduate Tax Law Foundation and is staffed by UMKC tax law students under the supervision of experienced practitioners. The Kansas City Tax Clinic provides free, high quality representation to those who could not otherwise afford professional assistance.

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

Free legal resources are available to help low-income families with tax-related problems from prior years. To qualify, income needs to be below $28,725 for individuals or under $58,875 for a family of four. Assistance can include helping respond to IRS audits, establishing payment plans, and other options.

DO-IT-YOURSELF TAX HELP SESSIONS

E-file your taxes for free using United Way's www.myfreetaxes.com. This is available to those making under $66,000 per year.

Check out our in-person tax help at your local branch during tax season. Sessions are held February - April each year.

Other Free Tax Services

Internal Revenue Service

The IRS website has a whole section devoted to Free File. There are links to 15 companies that offer this free service. Be sure to read the Free File FAQs. It is best to always go through the IRS website to link up to a company to take advantage of this free service.

For the latest news from the IRS on recent changes this tax season such as the annual inflation adjustment, check the New Events section.

MyFreeTaxes

MyFreeTaxes is an online filing service that provides easy, free tax help brought to you by United Way and powered by H&R Block's safe and secure software. United Way's MyFreeTaxes helps households with an adjusted gross income of $66,000/year or less save money and maximize refunds and tax credits without being solicited for financial products or refund anticipation loans.

Affordable Care Act Tax Questions

Tools are available for individuals who have questions about their tax filing responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. General resources can be found at IRS.gov/Affordable-Care-Act or HealthCare.gov/taxes/.