Free Tax Preparation in Seattle Washington Claim Earned Income Credit

The 2015 United Way of King County/Seattle University Low Income Tax Prep Program has started! Here is some information to help you answer routine questions.

 

How to File Taxes For Free in Seattle

For nearly 40 years, Seattle University accounting students have been providing the local community with a valuable tax preparation service. The program is a joint venture between Seattle University accounting students, United Way of King County, and the Internal Revenue Service. Students and United Way volunteers prepare tax returns for the public free of charge. The program was developed with the goal of helping individual taxpayers cope with the complexity of filing an accurate tax return. It gives accounting students a chance to use their skills to help others in the Seattle University community.

 

Free Tax Prep in Seattle and Seattle VITA

United Way of King County is reporting lower than usual volume and wait times at its 18 free tax preparation locations.

The program is designed to help low and middle-income families prepare their income tax forms, take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits while avoiding fees associated with commercial preparers.

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax program that reduces the amount of income tax owed by low to moderate income workers. The credit ranges from $457 to $5,666 depending income and the number of qualifying children in a family.

 

Where is Seattle Free Tax Preparation?

AUBURN
Auburn City Hall25 W. Main St. 98001 TueWed

Thu

6pm – 9pm6pm – 9pm

6pm – 9pm

Spanish 

 

*Tagalog (all shifts)

BEACON HILL
El Centro de la Raza2524 16th Ave. S. 98144 TueThu

Sat

5pm – 9pm5pm – 9pm

10am – 2pm

ArabicChinese

 

*Spanish (all shifts)

BELLEVUE
Crossroads MallN.E. 8th St. & 156th Ave. N.E. 98008 WedThu

Sat

5pm – 9pm5pm – 9pm

11am – 3pm

 

 

*Spanish / Russian (all shifts)

BELLEVUE
Hopelink14812 Main St. 98007 TueThu

Sat

1pm – 5pm1pm – 9pm

10am – 2pm

Amharic / FarsiSpanish

Farsi / Japanese / Korean / Spanish

*Chinese / Russian (all shifts)

CENTRAL DISTRICT
Yesler Community Center917 E. Yesler Way 98122 ThuSat 5pm – 9pm10am – 2pm  

*Spanish (all shifts)

DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
Seattle Public Library1000 4th Ave. 98104 TueWed

Thu

Sat

Sun

12pm – 7pm12pm – 7pm

12pm – 7pm

12pm – 4pm

1pm – 5pm

 

Korean

 

Tagalog

*Chinese / Spanish (all shifts)

FEDERAL WAY
Multi-Service Center1200 S. 336th St. 98003 TueWed

Thu

5pm – 8pm5pm – 8pm

5pm – 8pm

Chinese / SpanishTagalog

Tagalog

FEDERAL WAY
King’s Court Community Center33312 22nd Lane S. 98093 TueSat 5pm – 9pm10am – 2pm Tagalog 

 

HIGHPOINT
Neighborhood House6400 Sylvan Way S.W. 98126 ThuSun 5pm – 9pm12pm – 4pm  

 

KENT
Washington Women’s Employment and Education Office515 W. Harrison St. Suite 208

98032

TueThu

Sat

5pm – 8pm5pm – 8pm

1pm – 4pm

ChineseChinese

Cambodian / Mandarin

LAKE CITY
Lake City Neighborhood Service Center12525 28th Ave. N.E. 98125 TueThu

Sat

5pm – 9pm5pm – 9pm

11am – 3pm

Chinese / Korean / Russian 

*Tagalog (all shifts)

RAINIER
Rainier Community Center4600 38th Ave. S. 98118 WedThu

Sat

Sun

5pm – 8pm5pm – 8pm

11am – 3pm

11am – 3pm

Chinese

Cantonese / Vietnamese

Vietnamese

RENTON
Salvation Army206 S. Tobin St. 98055 TueWed

Sun

5pm – 9pm5pm – 9pm

12pm – 4pm

Cambodian / ChineseAmharic / Tigrinya

Chinese

SEATAC
Sea-Tac AirportAirport Jobs Office

(Take Elevator 1 from the ticket counter level to Level M)

ThuSat 6pm – 9pm10am – 2pm Amharic / SpanishCambodian
SEATAC
LCSNW / Angle Lake Family Resource Center4040 S. 188th St. 98188 TueSat 6pm – 9pm9am – 1pm Somali 

*Spanish (all shifts)

SHORELINE
Hopelink15809 Westminster Way N. 98133

(Next to Marshall’s in the Aurora Square Plaza)

WedThu

Sat

5pm – 9pm5pm – 9pm

10am – 2pm

Cambodian / RussianMandarin / Spanish

Chinese

WHITE CENTER
White Center Assembly10237 16th Ave. S.W. 98146 ThuSat 5pm – 9pm11am – 3pm  

*Samoan (all shifts)

YWCA Greenbridge9720 8th Ave. S.W. 98106 TueWed

Thu

Sat

5pm – 9pm5pm – 9pm

5pm – 9pm

12pm – 4pm

Spanish 

 

Chinese / Cambodian / Farsi / Russian

Other Free Tax Preparation in Seattle

The service is made possible by a partnership with United Way. The free tax help will be offered at the following Job Training and Education Centers beginning January 11 through April 21 (see specific dates, locations and times below):

• Bellevue
January 11 – April 21
Tues. & Thu., 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Sat., 12:00 – 4:00 pm

• Burien
January 11 – April 21
Tues. & Thu., 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

• Everett South
January 12 – April 16
Tues., Wed. & Thu., 5:30 – 8:30 pm

• Marysville
January 12 – April 16
Tues. & Thu., 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

• Mount Vernon
February 2 – April 14
Tues., Wed. & Thu., 3:00 – 7:00 pm

• Seattle
January 11 – April 21
Mon. & Wed., 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

• Shoreline
January 11 – April 21
Tues. & Thurs., 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

What should I bring from free tax preparation Seattle?

  1. W-2s or other end-of-year wage statements that you or your spouse received from ALL your employers.
  2. Picture ID
  3. Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for every person in your household that you support.
  4. Birthdates for every person to be claimed on your return.
  5. Any 1099 forms (for income from interest, dividends, retirement, Social Security or unemployment).
  6. Name, address and social security number or tax ID number for your child care provider, and your co-pay statement for day care for the year 2013.
  7. Records of payments for educational expenses, such as college tuition.
  8. Mortgage interest statement and property tax statement if you own a home.
  9. Checking and savings account numbers for direct deposit.
  10. A copy of last year’s tax return if you have it.
  11. Anything else that you think may affect your return, even if you are not sure.
  12. If filing jointly, both filer and spouse must be present to sign.