Have you heard of the Free Tax Help service? Starting January 15, 2019, any household making under $66,000 can have their taxes prepared at absolutely no cost by United Way of King County.
With the help of over 1,000 IRS-trained and certified volunteers, United Way of King County helps low- to moderate-income families and individuals file their tax returns and secure all the credits for which they’re eligible.
United Way is operating 32 tax locations across King County from January 15 through April 18, 2019. The service is easy to access and is available on a walk-in basis. Tax returns are prepared and e-filed for quick refunds. Along with tax preparation, United Way of King County offers additional financial services such as savings bonds purchasing, one-on-one financial coaching services, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.
When visiting our tax sites, prepare and bring documentation, including:
- Photo ID
- Social Security card/ITIN letter
- A copy of last year’s tax return
- Health insurance tax forms from Medicare or the Marketplace Forms 1095-A (if applicable)
- All other tax statements, such as W2 form, 1099-R forms, etc.
In addition, it is helpful to bring your bank account number and routing number for a fast and secure tax refund.
For locations, hours of operation, and other information, visit us at www.freetaxexperts.org. If you have further questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call King County 2-1-1 (dial 2-1-1 or 800-621-4636).
AgeWise King County readers are encouraged to take part in the free tax preparation service, if they qualify, and also to sign up as a volunteer! United Way is still recruiting volunteers for the program who are available to attend trainings for IRS certification, scheduled at South Seattle College on weekends in early January. For more information about volunteering, click here.
Contributor Jenn Hong coordinates financial stabilities programs at United Way of King County. See her article, “Join United Way’s Free Tax Prep Campaign in the Fight Against Poverty,” in the December 2018 issue.