The American Association of Retired People expects to help approximately 250 Dodge City taxpayers through the Free Tax Help Program, which ends April 13.
The American Association of Retired People expects to help approximately 250 Dodge City taxpayers through the Free Tax Help Program, which ends April 13. This help is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers and pays special attention to people 60 and older.
Edie Loughmiller, program coordinator in Dodge City, is a retired certified public accountant who has been volunteering for more than four years. She said more than 400 AARP tax-aid volunteers will help more than 30,000 Kansas taxpayers this season.
She said many senior citizens who are filing their income tax returns qualify for homestead and the Kansas food sales tax refunds, even though they are not required to file a federal return. This tax law applies only to Kansas seniors who either own or rent their home, Loughmiller said.
“We volunteer because we want to help those who would be unable to afford an expensive good tax preparer and because we also are concerned about the extremely high fees charged by some of the tax return offices to get fast returns," she said. "And we want also to offer an alternative way to e-file for those who cannot do it themselves or cannot afford to pay for it."
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