K-State’s Riley County Extension Office is volunteering for the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) again this year. They are offering free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals starting Thursday, January 26th at the Manhattan Public Library. Extension Agent Director Gary Fike just returned from this year’s training and says there are a lot of changes this year which are going to negatively affect refunds.  

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Last year, VITA volunteers filed 724 returns. This year they’re prepared to file returns for active duty military and reserves.  

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The free service is by appointment only. Call 785- 565-6426 or email vitataxes@gmail.com