IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Published 03/19 2014 08:36PM

Updated 03/19 2014 10:16PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Filing taxes can be confusing and getting help can cost you some extra money. Representatives with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA , are providing their services in Carthage and Joplin until April 15th. Volunteers say the program is available to anyone who needs help that earns $51,000 a year or less. 

"It's more relaxing than if I would do it myself. I'd be so nervous, and probably make mistakes and different things. So I love coming here," said Brenda Jordan, Files Taxes With VITA.

Filing taxes can feel like a burden for many people, but local experts with VITA are making it easier.

"We're doing taxes for people that are medium to low income, and we do it for them for free," said Marie Dame, VITA Site Coordinator. 

Volunteers are providing free services for those who make $51,000 or less. 

"It helps a lot of people. A lot of people can't afford to pay the high prices that it costs to have their taxes done, and shouldn't have to," said Dame. 

Volunteers say they enjoy using their skills to help others. 

"This is my passion. There's not a lot of things I can do, but I can do people's taxes, and I like doing it. I like to help people, and people appreciate it," said Dame. 

Those who receive assistance say they're thankful to have that help.

"It's just a relief that I can come to a place like this and have someone help me through the process," said Jordan. 

VITA representatives are on hand at the Carthage Library every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To file taxes with VITA at the Carthage location, you'll need to make an appointment by calling (417) 388-2068. In Joplin, representatives are available at the North Park Mall Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's first come, first served for those who want to use the service at the Joplin location.

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