Hesston Record Staff
Newton Public LIbrary is offering assistance this spring to help Harvey County residents file their taxes, for free.
Both Hesston Public Library and Hesston Area Senior Center are referring residents to the Newton Public Library for assistance with taxes this season.
Dan Elles, Adult Services Supervisor at Newton Public Library, said the service has been offered since Feb. 8 and volunteers have filed over 100 tax returns for residents.
He estimates each return only takes 45 minutes to be filed.
Sign-up sheets are made available at 9 a.m. at Newton Public Library, however on weekends it operates first-come first-served.
Larry Lee, the volunteer coordinator and tax preparer volunteer, said he has been with the program for three years after retiring from a tax software firm.
“I’m used to being around taxes, so tax stuff doesn’t bother me,” he said.
However, Lee realizes he is an outlier and many residents find themselves intimidated by the tax filing process.
“For many people, there is a fear of the IRS and they want to make sure they are following the law. They are really grateful to come and get their returns done quickly and simply,” he said.
While many of the residents served are seniors, Lee said the program is open to anyone and everyone.
“We’ll help people if they are first-timers or if they have been filing taxes for years,” he said.
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