Tax return preparation tips for seniors

1/30/2013

Once again it is time to prepare your tax returns. Trained RSVP volunteers are available to assist you with your tax returns beginning Tuesday. Appointments must be made by calling the RSVP office at 275-5566. Volunteers will be available Monday through Friday at the senior center. If you itemize your return, please wait until after Feb. 15 to make your appointment. All tax returns will be e-filed. This service is for individuals with an annual income of $50,000 or less.

Once again it is time to prepare your tax returns. Trained RSVP volunteers are available to assist you with your tax returns beginning Tuesday. Appointments must be made by calling the RSVP office at 275-5566. Volunteers will be available Monday through Friday at the senior center. If you itemize your return, please wait until after Feb. 15 to make your appointment. All tax returns will be e-filed. This service is for individuals with an annual income of $50,000 or less.

Please bring the following items with you:

* Copy of last year's (2011) income tax return.

* W-2 forms from each employer

* SSA-1099 form if you received Social Security benefits.

* All forms indicating federal income tax paid.

* Child care provider information.

* Social Security or ITIN cards for all persons on the return (must show proof of ID number).

* Everything that says "Important Tax Information."

* For Homestead property tax refund, bring your property tax statement if you are a homeowner. If you rent, bring name, address and phone number of your landlord and the amount of rent paid in 2012.

* For Direct Deposit you must bring your checkbook in, a photo ID and Social Security cards for each person on the return.

Tax appointments are already being scheduled. Do not delay. Call now, even if you don't want an appointment until later. Times are going quickly. Call 275-5566 to schedule your appointment.

Food sales tax refunds to end

Kansas taxpayers who meet income guidelines and other qualifications will have only one more year to get refunds for sales taxes paid for food.

For tax year 2012, the Food Sales Tax Refund is available to individuals who are Kansas residents the entire year, whose household incomes are less than $35,401 and who are 55 or older, or who are totally and permanently disabled or blind, or who have a dependent under the age of 18 living with them the entire year.

Again, 2012 is the last year. The 2012 Legislative session passed House Bill 2017, which repealed the legislation for the Food Sales Tax refund. The passage of this law ends the Food Sales Tax refund effective Jan. 1, 2013. The claim for 2012 would be made on an individual's 2012 income tax return to be filed in 2013.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from the Nazarene Church, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley, who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet 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. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 9 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. The monthly Finney County Senior Citizens Association covered dish dinner begins at 6 p.m. The entertainment will be the Garden City High School Modern Show choir. Dinner will follow the entertainment. Everyone 55 and older in Finney County is welcome to join the festivities.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Check with Hope for the location this week. The Humdingers Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba classes begin again at 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy White for exercise to a Latin beat. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Feb. 6 has line dancing at 9 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with cheese, wheat bread, fruit gelatin.

Friday: Cheeseburger, potato soup, deli fixin's, strawberries and pears.

Monday: Smothered steak with gravy, scalloped potatoes, spinach, wheat bread, citrus fruit.

Tuesday: Roast beef sandwich, potatoes and gravy, asparagus, wheat bread, peaches.

Feb. 6: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, green beans, wheat roll, creamy fruit.

2013 — Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.

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