Racine County Resources
If you need information on Resources in Racine County please don't hesitate to call us at: 262-833-8777.
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Planning for Income Tax Season:
The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program provides free tax help to people aged 60 and older. Trained volunteers from non-profit organizations provide free tax counseling and basic income tax return preparation for senior citizens. Volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
As part of the IRS-sponsored TCE Program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program at more than 7,000 sites nationwide during the filing season. Trained and certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors help people of low-to-middle income with special attention to those age 60 and older. For more information on TCE, or to locate the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call 888-227-7669.
AARP will begin offering tax assistance on February 1 for the previous tax year. You can also check on their website here: for the TAX AIDE site locater. Just enter your zip code. For low income and disabled individuals there are VITA programs, see http://www.revenue.wi.gov/faqs/pcs/vita.html for further information, check with the Tax Aide sites as well, or just call 211.
Tax preparation assistance for low to moderate income- For General information Call 800-906-9887, or 211. The VITA program is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and many individual states, including Wisconsin. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) prepare basic income tax returns for free. Most VITA sites offer free electronic filing.
Do You Qualify for FoodShare?
FoodShare Wisconsin is a nutrition assistance program funded by the federal government, but run by the state of Wisconsin. It provides extra funds for lower income people to purchase food that they would otherwise be unable to afford. This program is also referred to as SNAP.
Generally, anyone whose gross income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level may be eligible for FoodShare. For a single person, this is income of $1946 per month; for a couple the income limit is $2622. However, some senior citizens with higher incomes but assets less than $3,250, may be allowed to deduct some household expenses, as well as some medical expenses in order to try to qualify for a benefit. For example, a percentage of your rent or mortgage and utility costs may be deducted from your income. In addition, a percentage of unpaid medical bills and medical costs that you yourself have paid may also be deducted from your income. With these deductions, you may be eligible even if your income seems too high. The amount of the benefit is based on income; people with the lowest income get the highest allowable benefit. The lowest monthly benefit is $15.
The FoodShare benefit comes in the form of a Quest card. The Quest Card is basically a debit card that can be swiped at the same grocery checkout terminal that is used for other debit and credit cards. Every participant will be able to choose an easy to remember PIN (personal identification number) which they will need to enter into the machine to pay for their food purchases. There is no fee for using a Quest Card. Your monthly benefit amount will be loaded onto your card each month.
The Quest Card is accepted at many grocery stores throughout the state. Participating stores will display a sign indicating that they accept Quest Cards. A Quest Card can be used to buy foods like fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, breads, and cereals. In some parts of the state, a Quest Card can be used at Farmer’s Markets. It can also be used to buy seeds and plants to grow food for personal use.
FoodShare benefits cannot be used to buy non-food items. This means that things like alcoholic beverages, pet food, paper or cleaning products, vitamins or medicines cannot be purchased with your Quest card.
You can apply for FoodShare online at www.access.wisconsin.gov or you can call 1-800-362-3002. Spanish speakers can call 1-800-845-6136. WKRP 888-794-5820.
Food Programs Confusion
People often talk about receiving Food Stamps. In Wisconsin, the name of the program that issues funds for low-income people and families to purchase food is called FoodShare. People receiving this benefit use a Quest card (like a credit card) to make their purchases. The federal government also uses the acronym SNAP for the same program. If possible, please use the FoodShare name when requesting this benefit, or simply ask for help with paying for food.
Racine County Information:
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance) program website:
Denied FoodShare or Medicaid benefits? - you can request a Fair Hearing
The Racine County Specialized Transportation Program
for older adults and people with disabilities, helps people get around.
Please see the brochures for the Burlington SPARC and other transportation information on the Racine County Human Services Website: Transportation
Want to know about different types of transportation see: Transportation 101
You can also check out other option in the Transportation and Travel sections on pages 83-88 of the Community Resource Directory .