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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Please be advised that the information below pertained to the 2015 tax season and not the upcoming filing season. Library staff are working with this organization to make corrections for 2016 and expect to be able to publish corrected information by early January, 2017.

Missouri State University and Drury University students working with the ATLS (Across The Life Span) coalition will provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. This program provides free tax preparation assistance for federal tax returns and Earned Income Credit (EIC), Missouri Property Tax Credit, and other tax forms. They will provide assistance with Missouri and other states' tax returns if the federal return is being prepared.

Previous years' tax returns cannot be prepared.

Assistance is for those of low-to-moderate income, generally below $54,000, and for people with disabilities and non-English speakers.

All returns will be filed electronically unless the Internal Revenue Service requires a manual return. All taxpayers must be available to sign the appropriate forms in the case of joint returns.

Documents to bring:

  • Photo ID for taxpayer and spouse
  • Social Security numbers (or Form 1099-SSA) for the individual, spouse, and all dependents
  • Birth dates for taxpayer, spouse, and dependents
  • Documentation for all income, usually a Form W-2 or 1099, and child and dependent care expenses
  • Bank account and routing numbers (if using direct deposit)
  • Affordable Care Act information (Form 1095-A, 1095-B, or 1095-C).
  • Copy of last year's federal and state tax returns and real estate tax receipt
  • To file a joint tax return electronically, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

Call 2-1-1 or (417) 720-2000 starting January 21 to make an appointment or request a translator. Expect delays due to call volume, do not call the sites directly.

Must arrive 15 minutes early for appointments; late arrivals may have to reschedule. Walk-ins accepted on an availability basis only.

Springfield-Greene County Library

Library staff cannot give advice or help prepare taxes.  

Midtown-Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., by appointment; free parking available.
Saturdays, Feb.6-April 9 (except March 26), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

 Drury University 

Drury University 900 N. Benton, Breech School of Business Administration at the corner of Central Street and Drury Lane, walk-in only; free parking available
Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mondays, Feb. 8-29, 4-8 p.m.

Other Sites

Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Hall, 2818 E. Bennett St., Springfield, by appointment only; free parking available
Thursdays, Feb. 4-April 14 (except March 24), 4-7 p.m.


Legal Services of Southern Missouri, 809 N. Campbell Ave., Springfield, by appointment only; free parking available
Tuesdays, Feb. 9-April 12, 4-7 p.m.



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