Urban West Region

Free tax preparation

  • Notice

    • Do you still need help with your taxes? People who requested an extension have until October 15 to file their 2021 taxes. Volunteers can also help with amendments and prior year returns. Appointments are limited. Call United Way 211 to check on availability.

The IRS offers free basic tax return preparation to people who qualify through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

You qualify if you earn $58,000 or less, or if you are 60 years of age or older. Our programs also serve taxpayers with disabilities or limited English.

The tax season is Jan. 24–April 18, 2022. This year our services are available by appointment, in-person or virtually. To schedule, call United Way 2-1-1 or 816-474-5112. Please follow these instructions for your appointment.

A volunteer can prepare your return or you can use our free software to prepare your own. To get access to the software – called TaxSlayer FSA – taxpayers who make $73K or less can call United Way 211 to register for our online Q&A session over video chat. Free software is also available through United Way and My Free Taxes.

The University of Missouri Extension sponsors these programs, in partnership with agencies in the KC Metro Tax Coalition.

Kansas City Metropolitan Tax Coalition
  • Catholic Charities of NE Kansas
  • Community Services League
  • The Don Bosco Center
  • El Centro, Inc
  • Farview Neighborhood Library
  • Guadalupe Centers
  • Holy Rosary Credit Union
  • KCK Community College
  • K-State Extension
  • Local Investment Commission (LINC)
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • PCs for People (Connecting for Good)
  • Quindaro neighborhood & Wilson’s Pizza and Grill
  • Rockhurst University
  • Salvation Army
  • Shepherd's Center
  • Unified Government – Livable Neighborhoods
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • University of Missouri Kansas City

  • Want to contribute?

    We need money for practical things.

    For example, we provide every client with a copy of their tax return. If we print 25 pages per person, it will take five boxes of paper and eight toner cartridges to serve 1,000 people, at an estimated cost of $750. To mail 1,000 tax returns, it could cost up to $1,180 for postage (3.5 oz x $1.18) and about $100 for envelopes.

    Donated funds are used for supplies, food for volunteers, and to support taxpayer education.


Thank you for your support

We wish to thank our newest contributor, the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, for awarding us a community grant. We will work together to create a positive impact in Eastern Jackson County and the surrounding communities.

About Truman Heartland Community Foundation

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to improving the communities in and around Eastern Jackson County through partnerships with community members and donors. Truman Heartland serves the region with assets of more than $70 million and annual grants surpassing $6 million. For more information, visit thcf.org or call Truman Heartland at 816-836-8189.