The Grove Public Library Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is providing free tax help three days a week through April 15th.
Low income, disable, and elderly tax filers are invited to come to the library Thursday and Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon and bring all pertinent papers, including W-2 forms and social security cards.
“We have been helping 40 to 50 people a day,” said Grove VITA Coordinator Rose Stauber. “That’s a pretty high figure.”
Stauber said the volunteers are able to do returns faster these days, thanks to e-file.
However, she warned, April 15th is approaching quickly.
According to Stauber, a lot of the people VITA volunteers have been serving this year are older people who are filing so that they can receive their stimulus payments.
“The stimulus has been the main thing,” Stauber said. “People who are on Social Security or who have Veterans’ benefits need to file if they have income that applies.”
She noted that $3,000 per year or more qualifies.
Stauber said that although the majority of people they have helped this year have been older, VITA volunteers help all ages.
VITA Volunteer Ron Walters said that people from any state can take advantage of the service.
He said that, in addition to Oklahomans, “We’ve helped people from Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado and California.”
The VITA volunteers help with state taxes, as well as federal, but that they can’t file state taxes electronically at this time.