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Free tax help available in Joplin and Carthage - KOAM TV 7

Free tax help available in Joplin and Carthage

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By LISA OLLIGES

JOPLIN, MO. - If IRS tax forms are too complicated for you there is help.  Vita volunteers are hard at work at the Northpark Mall location.

They can help anyone whose income falls under $50,000, but they do not process rental income or farm income.

The volunteers are trained in new deductions which this year includes a first time homeowners credit, new car sales tax deduction, and even real estate property tax.

Taxpayers using the service says that is a big help.

Plus, Vita is using eFile to process returns online, which they say is faster.

"Much faster," says Vita coordinator Marie Dame.  "They can do direct deposit and get their refund back, a lot of times within ten days."

"Second year I've had to do it without my husband, he  always took care of everything," says Loretta Finney.  "It's been a real blessing to me to have somebody who knows what they're  doing and do it for me."

Besides the Northpark Mall location, there is a new Vita site in Carthage at the Family Literacy Center.

Hours are:

  • Friday's - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday's - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An interpreter is available.

The Joplin IRS office at 402 South Main Street will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to help with filing and questions on new deductions.

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