For people living paycheck‐to‐paycheck, free tax help can be life changing.
When tax time comes around, thousands of hard‐working people in King County face age, income, language, or disability barriers. Many are eligible for tax credits and refunds that could put them on a path to financial stability, but few can afford professional tax services to figure it all out. The Free Tax Prep Program is a direct solution to this problem.
These are people that are struggling to get by. Every dollar that they’re able to keep in their pocket counts.Jenny Walden
Free Tax Prep Program Manager
United Way of King County
How It Works
From January to April, IRS‐certified volunteers offer free tax help to people making less than $66,000 per year.
Easy to access. Walk‐in neighborhood sites include libraries and Goodwill stores.
Fast. All returns are filed electronically, so clients get their refunds quickly.
Multilingual. Services are available in 50 languages with help from volunteer interpreters.
Volunteers are also on‐site to help people connect to public benefits, financial counseling, and other services.
Success to Date
The program has grown every year since it started in 2003. In 2019, 1,030 volunteers prepared 21,975 tax returns and secured $30.1 million in tax refunds for clients. Refunds included more than $8.1 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit–a credit that is widely seen as the nation’s most potent anti‐poverty tool.
To Help 50,000 People Rise Out of Poverty
The Free Tax Prep Program is a key part of our community-wide effort to help 50,000 people escape poverty by 2020.