Free Tax Preparation
Fighting poverty in King County with free tax preparation services, ensuring hard-working people get every credit and dollar they deserve.
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Tax credits and refunds can put people on a path to financial stability, but the cost of professional tax services to figure it all out can be a barrier.
Before the pandemic, Black, Indigenous, Latino and other people of color throughout King County experienced poverty at disproportionately higher rates. Historic and current systemic racism—redlining and restrictive covenants, massive racial pay gaps—has created barriers to building and maintaining wealth. The COVID-19 crisis has only amplified these inequities.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most powerful anti-poverty tools available. Yet, one in five eligible workers do not claim their EITC—that’s money left on the table. Why? When tax time comes around, thousands of hard‐working people in King County face race, age, income, language or disability barriers when trying to access tax support. The Free Tax Preparation Program combats these barriers.
How It Works
Each year, IRS‐certified volunteers offer free tax services to help people keep more of what they’ve earned. Services are offered in multiple languages to maximize accessibility.
1. People sign up for free tax help and are informed of what documents they’ll need. During the pandemic, services are largely online, though a few in-person locations are available to increase accessibility.
2. IRS-certified volunteer tax specialists work with people to identify all the credits and refunds they’re eligible for, then help them file their tax returns.
3. Because returns are filed electronically, people get their returns quickly.
Volunteers are also available to help people connect to public benefits, financial counseling and other services.
Success to Date
While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Free Tax Preparation Program to adapt and move 100% online in 2020, in 2022 (tax year 2021), we explored a hybrid approach to help over 6,000 people file their taxes.
tax returns filed
in tax refunds for clients
in earned income tax
in child tax credit
The Free Tax Preparation Program is a key part of our goal to help 50,000 people rise out of poverty. You can help today by supporting the program.
“It’s so rewarding to help people with their taxes and get them the refunds they deserve.” – Peter Spurging | Free Tax Prep Volunteer & Donor
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