TAX FILING HELP
You need to file tax returns in order toreceive any refund, rebate or credit thatyou might get -- even if you are notrequired to file federal and state taxreturns.
It’s that time of year again!There are several places where individuals for obtain help -- for free -- to prepare and file tax returns andclaim refunds, rebates and credits that they might possibly receive. A list of where you can get this helpis at the end of this posting.
Who must file a federal or state tax return
You must file income tax returns if your income during 2012 was above a certain amount. Thatamount depends on your tax filing status, age and the type of income you received.
Even if you are do not have to file federal and state tax returns, you need to file tax returns in order toreceive any refund, rebate or credit that you might get.
Reasons to file a Federal tax return even when you do not have to file one.
Federal income tax withheld.
You might get a refund if Federal income tax was withheld from your pay in 2012, or if you had a tax refund owed to you in 2011 that you didn’t get.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
EITC is a refundable tax credit primarily for individuals andfamilies who have low to moderate income. The credit is as much as $5891 for 2012, depending onyour income and the number of dependent children living with you. If you qualify for this credit, youmust file a Federal tax return to receive a refund.
Additional Child Tax Credit.
This refundable credit may be available to you if you have at least onequalifying child and you did not get the full amount of the Child Tax Credit.
American Opportunity Credit.
Students in their first four years of college or other post high schooleducation might qualify for up to $2500 through this credit. Even persons who owe no taxes might getup to $1000 of the credit as cash back by claiming this credit on a Federal tax return.
. You may be able to claim a refundable tax credit for certain expenses you paid toadopt an eligible child.
Reasons to file a Kansas tax return even when not required to file one.
Kansas residents claiming a EITC (earned income credit) on their Federal tax return for 2012 canalso claim an earned income credit on their Kansas return.
You might get a refund if state income tax was withheld from your pay in 2012.
If you are eligible for low-income tax assistance in Kansas:
Kansas Food Sales Tax Refund
Kansas Homestead Tax Rebate program for low-income home owners and renters
SAFE SENIOR – Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors
If you don’t know if you might receive a refund, rebate or credit, you can make an appointment toobtain tax advice from the places listed on the back of this flyer.The deadline for filing Federal & state tax returns is Monday,
April 15, 2013.