Iowans who need help filling out their income tax forms can take advantage of a free service through the Iowa State University Extension starting next week.

Becky Koppen oversees the RSVP or Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Hamilton County. Koppen says low to moderate income Iowans can make use of VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. “People who qualify can call the VITA number and make an appointment to have someone assist them with their taxes — for free,” she says.

Through the program, certified community volunteers prepare taxes with computer software and can offer help with special tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or Disabled. Iowans can call now to schedule an appointment.

“This begins January 23rd and goes through the end of March,” Koppen says. “It’s just a great program to help people get those taxes done.” The program is offered in many — but not all — Iowa counties. Learn more by calling 800-906-9887 or by visiting www.irs.gov/vita.

(By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)

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