County Department on Aging offers assistance for key financial forms

Marion County Depart­ment on Aging is available to help individuals and families in Marion County apply for Homestead, Low Income Energy Program and file federal and state returns.

To qualify, the person must be a Kansas resident, living in Kansas the entire year. Total household income must be $34,450 or less.

The person must also meet one of the following requirements: born before Jan. 1, 1962, or be totally and permanently disabled or blind during the entire year, regardless of age; or have had a dependent child living with them all of last year who was born before Jan. 1, 2017, and was under age 18 the entire year.

This is program does not apply to renters. You can file Homestead from now until April 16.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit.

The 2018 LIEAP application period will open Jan. 16 and runs through March 31.

In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:

(1) An adult living at the address must be personally responsible for paying the heating costs incurred at the current residence, payable either to the landlord or the fuel vendor;

(2) Applicants must demonstrate a recent history of payments toward purchase of the primary heating energy. Gross monthly income guidelines are: household sizes, 1-$1,307; 2-$1,760; 3-$2,213 and 4-$2,665.

MCDA will help any individual in the county to apply for this program starting Jan. 16.

MCDA also will help individuals and families file federal and state income taxes beginning Feb 5.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

Call 620-382-3580 to set up an appointment after Feb. 5.

MCDA staff will be available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon­day through Friday to assist individuals and families. They will be at Peabody Senior Center (620-983-2226) Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 and at Hillsboro Senior Center (620-947-2304) Jan. 30. Call for an appointment.