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United Way’s 2015 Free Tax Campaign has ended for the season.

If you still need help filing your taxes, The City of Seattle Financial Empowerment Center, in partnership with United Way of King County, is offering tax preparation services outside of the tax season from April – November 2015.

Tax help is available at the Financial Empowerment Center based in the Rainier Vista neighborhood. IRS-certified volunteers can help answer basic tax questions and prepare individual tax returns from 2008-2014. They will help you get all the credits you qualify for and file your return electronically.

Get Started


From April 22 – May 19, 2015, you can drop-in during our open hours — no appointment needed!

From May 20 to November 18, 2015, you can set an appointment or drop in during our open hours.

Clients are encouraged to sign up for an appointment. However, drop-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Drop-in clients are not guaranteed to be served.

To set an appointment, visit: nhwa.fullslate.com

For more information, email fectaxes@nhwa.org or call (206) 923-6555 ext 4207

Where:


Financial Empowerment Center
4431 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

When:

Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

After May 19th, 2015, tax service will be available by appointment only


Options For Filing Your Taxes

  1. Visit the City of Seattle Financial Empowerment Center to get help filing your taxes.
  2. File online at myfreetaxes.com– free for anyone making less than $60,000.

Eligibility

Anyone who earned less than $60,000 in 2014 can use United Way’s Free Tax Preparation services. However, some returns are too complex for our volunteers. For example, we cannot prepare returns for income earned in other states. For details, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below.

What To Bring

Required

  • Social Security cards/individual tax identification numbers (ITINs) and birthdates for everyone to be listed on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 forms (from all your employers), 1099 forms (interest, dividends, unemployment), SSA-1099 forms (Social Security and/or retirement income), etc. For a list of common tax forms, visit our FAQ tab above.

Note: If you are filing jointly with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.
Recommended

  • Bank account number and routing number
  • A copy of last year’s tax return

About


United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign is designed for people who make less than $60,000 per year. (Please note that our service cannot prepare complex forms, such as out-of-state returns. Click the FAQ tab above for details.)

Services Offered At The City Of Seattle Financial Empowerment Center

Tax Services:

  • Tax preparation for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 tax years
  • E-filing and direct deposit of refunds available
  • Help completing ITINs

Financial Services And Public Benefits:

  • Purchase savings bonds with your tax refunds.
  • Pull your free credit report.
  • Get one-on-one financial counseling services through the Seattle Financial Empowerment Center.

Why We Help

United Way is a nonprofit organization that supports community services such as food banks and emergency shelters. We are dedicated to helping people avoid homelessness, maintain financial stability and strengthen their ability to sustain themselves.

One of our tactics is early intervention. For example, we provide guidance and educational assistance to parents of toddlers to make sure every child has an equal chance to succeed in school. Free Tax Preparation is another early-intervention tool. Helping people keep more of the money they earn helps them take care of their families—and even save for the future.

We can’t think of a better reason to offer this free service.

I’m Interested In Volunteering

You can find out more about volunteering by visiting our volunteer recruitment page: uwkc.org/volunteer/free-tax-prep/.

FAQ


Am I Eligible For Free Tax Preparation Services?

Households that make less than $60,000, with tax returns that do NOT involve business taxes, rental income, or sale of property or stocks, are eligible for this free service.

What Are The Limitations To Services?

We can help most people with their tax returns, but some returns are too complex for our volunteers. Here are services we do NOT provide:

  • State returns (Washington state does not have any state income tax, so no return is necessary. If you worked in a state that requires a state return, you can use myfreetaxes.com to file for free.)
  • If you have a 1099-B (proceeds from a brokerage, if you bought/sold stock)
  • If you sold your home or if it went into foreclosure
  • If you moved for your job and would like to claim the moving expenses adjustment
  • If you received rental income
  • If you are an international student/teacher on a J,Q, F or M Visa
  • If you are a non-resident alien who needs to complete a (1040NR)
  • If you are self-employed and had expenses above $10,000, had a net loss, or want to deduct the use of your home as a business expense.
  • If you are a registered domestic partnership (This is not the same as a same-sex marriage. We can file those returns.)
Do I Need To Make An Appointment?

No appointments needed from now until May 19, 2015. Appointments will be necessary after that date. Email us at FECTaxes@nhwa.org or call 206-923-6555 ext 4207 and we are happy to schedule an appointment with you.

What If I Want To File For Free On My Own?

If you’d prefer to file online on your own, visit myfreetaxes.com. The website is free for those who made less than $60,000 in 2014. If you have any questions while filing online, call 1-855-MyTxHelp (1-855-698-9435), Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (PST). Or email info@myfreetaxes.com.

What Should I Bring?

Required

  • Social Security cards/individual tax identification numbers (ITINs) and birthdates for everyone to be listed on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 forms (from all your employers), 1099 forms (interest, dividends, unemployment), SSA-1099 forms (Social Security and/or retirement income), etc.

Note: If you are filing jointly with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.

Recommended

  • Bank account number and routing number
  • A copy of last year’s tax return

Additional Tax Information/Forms
Depending upon your situation, you might need to bring the following types of information:

  • If you worked and/or received unemployment: W-2, 1099 (1099-MISC, 1099-G, etc.)
  • If you were on Social Security or if you received retirement income: SSA-1099, 1099-R
  • If you had savings accounts, mutual funds, etc.: 1099-INT, 1099-DIV
  • If you had any other forms of income: W-2G (for gambling winnings), documentation of income
  • If you paid for health care through the marketplace (healthcare.gov or wahealthplanfinder.org): 1095A
  • If you paid for child care: name, address and tax identification number of the child care provider
  • If you paid student loans: 1098-E
  • If you attended a higher-education institution: 1098-T, documentation of tuition
  • If you owned a home: 1098, documentation of mortgage interest and property taxes paid
  • If you owned your own business: documentation of business income, business expenses and mileage
Not Eligible For A Social Security Number?

Our site managers and volunteers can help you apply for an individual tax identification number (ITINs).

What If I Lost My Social Security Card?

Social Security Cards or ITINs for everyone on the tax return is required to receive service. You can visit the Social Security website for details on how to receive a replacement.

I Filed My Taxes Through United Way But I Haven't Received My Refund Yet.

Sorry for the inconvenience and confusion. Here’s how to resolve this:

  • Visit the IRS Where’s My Refund website and see if the IRS has received your return. If so, call the IRS to resolve your issue.
  • If the Where’s My Refund website doesn’t find your return and it’s before April 18, call your tax preparation site (the phone number is on the “Next Steps” document you received at the end of your time at the site.)
  • If it’s after April 18, email freetax@uwkc.org with your name, phone number, and the site where you filed.
I Lost My Copy Of The Tax Return. What Should I Do?

We can provide you with a copy of your tax return if you filed at our location.

  • If it’s before April 18, go back to the location where you filed and they will print a copy of your return.
  • If it’s after April 18, email freetax@uwkc.org with your name, phone number and the site where you filed.
Need More Help?
  • Text “FREETAX” and your five-digit ZIP code to 313131.
  • Call 2.1.1. or 800-621-4636
  • For additional questions, email freetax@uwkc.org
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