Free help filing Income tax available at Senior Center of Finney County


Free E-File income tax preparation help is available at the Senior Center of Finney County. The services are provided by Finney County RSVP.

Free E-File income tax preparation help is available at the Senior Center of Finney County. The services are provided by Finney County RSVP.

The partnership is between the Finney County RSVP, Senior Center of Finney County and the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, called VITA. Community IRS-trained and certified volunteers will be on site Monday through Friday to help complete electronically filed federal and state individual income tax returns and limited Kansas Homestead Claims & Property Tax Relief Claims. The program offers tax help to low- and moderate-income people, generally earning $51,000 or less, elderly, disabled and non-English speaking who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

Due to changes in the law, renters should be aware that they are no longer eligible for a Homestead Claim. The Food Sales Tax credit is also now non-refundable so it does not generate a refund beyond the amount of taxes owed.

Both spouses must be present to sign the required forms if they are filing jointly and bank routing numbers and account numbers must be provided to have the refund deposited directly into a checking or savings account.

The items taxpayers should bring with them to have their tax returns prepared include:

* A copy of last year's federal and state income tax return, if they have one

* Photo identification for the taxpayer and their spouse

* Birth dates and Social Security cards, or a Social Security letter with the full number, for the taxpayer, spouse and any children in the household born before Dec. 31, 2013

* Wage and earning statements such as W-2 forms from all employers, W-2G gambling income and 1099(R) from pension, annuity, retirement or profit-sharing plans, IRAs and insurance contract distributions, interest and dividend statements from banks (form 1099 INT), unemployment insurance benefit statements received any time in 2012 (1099-G) and all other 1098 and 1099 forms

* Statements received from a mortgage company during 2013

* College expense information for college students

* Other relevant information about income and expenses such as total amount paid for day care and the day care provider's federal identifying number, and any notices sent to the taxpayer by the IRS in 2012.

Workers with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers should bring the ITIN card sent to them by the IRS. Those wanting to use direct deposit for their refund should bring a check from the account where they want the money deposited.

To make an appointment or for more information or questions, call Finney County RSVP at 275-5566.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to last week's Meals on Wheels volunteers. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help with this wonderful service, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m. Computer class is at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Game Night fun begins at 4:30 p.m. Join us for board games, card games or a rousing game of spoons! On the menu is lasagna, salad and dessert all for the low, low cost of $2 per person. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Yoga is at 6:30 p.m.

Friday starts with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. You are invited to a special valentine celebration for singles only. No, this is not a dating service! Come for some special games and refreshments.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Come play on a newly recovered snooker table.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has walking at 8:30 a.m. Computer class is at 9 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:30 p.m. The senior center board of directors will meet at 2 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Feb. 19 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS No. 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:30 p.m. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5 per person.

Health tip

February's healthy living goal is to work out three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Already exercising? Increase to five times a week.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Beef stew or chili with baked potato, savory carrots, cinnamon roll, pineapple.

Friday: Sausage gravy, mashed potatoes, Capri vegetables, biscuit, strawberries and pears.

Monday: Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, oriental vegetable mix, bread, strawberries.

Tuesday: Pork cutlet, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, roll, ambrosia.

Feb. 19: Roast turkey, potatoes and gravy, winter mix vegetables, roll, fruit gelatin.

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