It’s that time of year where you curse at yourself for not keeping better financial records. Last year you said, “This is the year I get my finances organized.” Maybe you even went as far as buying a multi-section file folder, or at least looked at one in a store. But alas, here we are: Tax time, and you need some help.
Well, you’re in luck! Individuals and families who made less than $50,000 in income last year can get free tax help at Yesler Community Center until April 15. United Way of King County will be at the Broadway and Yesler center Thursdays from 5 – 9 p.m. (East African and Chinese language help also available) and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (East African language help also available).
United Way of King County is urging low and middle income families to take advantage of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) with little or no wait for free filing.
WHAT: United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Program is designed to help low and middle-income families prepare their tax returns, avoid fees associated with commercial preparers and take advantage of tax credits like the EITC to keep more of their hard earned money. Tax preparation services are provided in more than 10 languages by IRS certified volunteers and sites offer electronic filing of returns. In addition to tax preparation, United Way is also offering other services such as applications for public benefits like food stamps, utility assistance and assistance with FAFSA (Federal Student Financial Aid) form completion and free credit reports.
WHO: Individuals and families reporting less than $50,000 annual income.
HOW: Taxpayers must bring photo identification and Social Security Cards (or Taxpayer Identification Numbers) for themselves, spouses and dependents. They should also bring wage and earning statements (Forms W-2) and any interest and dividend information concerning their income and expenses.
In addition to filing tax returns, customers are able to purchase savings bonds and sign up for public benefits such as utility assistance and the Washington Basic Food Program.
For more information call 2-1-1 or visit www.uwkc.org/taxhelp
ABOUT: Last year, United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign filed
14,400 returns and brought back $20.7 million in refunds back to the community.