Urban West Region

Free tax preparation

  • Notice

    • We are working on volunteer recruitment and training for tax season 2024. There are no appointments available at this time. Join our contact list and we will update you when appointments become available in January/February.

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

A volunteer can prepare your return or you can use our free software – TaxSlayer FSA – to prepare your own return. Taxpayers who make $73K or less can complete this form to request access to the software. We will email you the information. Volunteers are available to answer your questions about software or taxes. Free software is also available through United Way and My Free Taxes.

The tax season is January through April. There are multiple locations in the Kansas City area. Each tax site works differently. Most sites ask taxpayers to make an appointment. To find the best fit for you before April 18, call United Way 2-1-1 or 816-474-5112.

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

Kansas City Metropolitan Tax Coalition
  • Avenue of Life
  • Belton Senior Center
  • Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
  • Community Services League
  • Credit & Homeownership Empowerment Services Inc.
  • El Centro, Inc
  • Guadalupe Centers
  • KC Shepherd’s Center
  • KCK Community College
  • K-State Extension
  • Liberty Silver Center
  • Local Investment Commission (LINC)
  • LTX Tax Services
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Palmer Center
  • Rockhurst University
  • The Whole Person
  • UMB Bank
  • 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.

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