Free Tax Preparation Sites Now Open

The United Way Free Tax Preparation Sites are now available throughout King County to help people prepare and file their federal taxes for 2018. Call 2-1-1 or visit the United Way Free Tax Help website for site locations and hours.

Tax help is available at the sites from January 15 to April 18, 2019; the last day to e-file at the free tax sites is Tuesday, April 15. If your household made less than $66,000 in 2017, head to one of the 30 locations in King County for free help filing your taxes. No appointment needed and no fees to pay.

Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) are required for everyone listed on the return. Photo ID (and spouse’s photo ID if filing jointly) is also required, in addition to all end-of-year tax statements from all sources of income (W2s, 1099s, etc.). It’s a good idea to bring your 2017 return paperwork with you if you have it, as well as your bank account and routing number to set up direct deposit of your tax return. If you are filing with your spouse, you must both be present to file your return electronically.

Some returns are too complex for Free Tax Site volunteers to prepare. For example, they cannot help with returns that involve income earned in other states or returns involving rental income or the sale or foreclosure of a home. For more details, visit the FAQ page and scroll towards the bottom of the page.

Multiple languages are offered at various sites and shifts, with all language details listed on the website. All shifts at all locations offer tax assistance in English. Volunteers at all sites can also help clients connect to other community resources, including Basic Food, health care, financial counseling, ORCA LIFT and more.

If you prefer completing your taxes online and your income last year was less than $66,000, you can file for free online at myfreetaxes.com.