Free tax preparation available at public library for low-income workers


Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance for low-income workers will be available starting today at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

The program is being sponsored by K-State Research and Extension–Riley County and the Manhattan Public Library. Assistance will be offered from 2-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday until March 12. Anyone looking to receive assistance is required to make an appointment.

Any taxpayer with an annual household income less than $42,000 is considered a low-income worker. Only simple IRS 1040 tax returns and Kansas returns will be prepared. Tax returns will not be prepared for members of the military, international students or states other than Kansas.

People looking for assistance will need to bring their Social Security card, photo ID and any tax documents. If they are claiming anyone else on their return, they must bring their dependent’s Social Security card as well.

Extension Director Jennifer Wilson said this is the fourth year the extension office has offered this program. It is a partnership with the IRS that was started because there is a need for it in the community. Wilson said the program has been successful, serving about 250 people every year.

She said anyone wanting to set up an appointment can contact her by phone at 785-313-9014 or e-mail at