Free tax help available in KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. - The federal income tax filing season begins Friday, with several options available for low-income taxpayers to file for free.

We found several basic federal tax forms in stock at Wichita libraries. Others can be obtained at the Wichita Internal Revenue Service office, on Woodlawn near Central. But if you need a paper K-40 form for Kansas income taxes, you may have to print it out from the web. Wichita has no state tax office.

Free tax help is available in the weeks ahead from several places:

> Accounting students at Fort Hays State University will prepare returns for people earning $51,000 a year or less. That will be available by appointment only, beginning in mid-February. Call 785-628-5805 to schedule an appointment.

> The AARP Foundation also will help people with lower incomes. Priority is given to people 60 and older.

> The Internal Revenue service has a FreeFile program online, which allows you to use famous-name tax software.

Tax season is later than usual this year, because of the budget wrestling in Congress late last year which left tax rules uncertain. But the filing deadline remains the same, at April 15.

Click on our links to learn more the programs, or obtain returns.

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