The Riley County Extension Office says its annual volunteer income tax assistance program is off to a good start since it began helping tax filers earlier this month.

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Extension Director Gary Fike, presented to the Riley County Commission last Thursday.

He says the IRS has notified his office that the VITA program is 30% ahead of last year’s pace for filings and anticipates helping more than 700 residents file their taxes this year.

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Fike says the average refund has been about $1,600. The free income tax assistance is available to residents with a household income of $72,000 or less.

To learn more, visit or call the Extension Office at 537-6350.