Tax help is available in your neighborhood and in your language from IRS-certified volunteers. They’ll help you get all the credits you qualify for and file your return electronically, so you’ll get your refund fast. The best news: No appointment needed and no fees to pay.
United Way’s Free Tax Preparation services are offered January 9 — April 20, 2017.
Anyone who earned less than $64,000 in 2016 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.
Effective in 2017, new legislation requires the IRS to hold refunds of all tax returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15. You’ll still want to file early, but know that anyone who benefits from these tax credits may have to wait a bit longer for their return this year.
United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign is designed for people who make less than $64,000 per year. (Please note that our service cannot prepare complex forms, such as out-of-state returns. Click the FAQ section below for details.)
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. Free Tax Preparation is a tool to help people keep more of the money they earn and help 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.
Households that make less than $64,000, with tax returns that do NOT involve business taxes, rental income, or sale of property or stocks, are eligible for this free service.
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:
No. Walk-ins are welcome! All 27 of our sites operate on a drop-in basis and no appointments are set. Many sites get very crowded, especially during February and April, and you should arrive as close to the site’s opening time as possible for the best chance of getting served. Those who arrive later may not be able to see a volunteer.
If you’d prefer to file online on your own, visit MyFreeTaxes.com. The website is free for those who made less than $64,000 in 2016.
This year, several locations will offer assisted self-preparation computer lab space where you can prepare your own tax return using MyFreeTaxes alongside a tax volunteer who can assist you with any questions. You can find an assisted self-preparation lab using the search feature above.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you are filing jointly with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.
Additional Tax Information/Forms
Depending upon your situation, you might need to bring the following types of information:
Our site managers and volunteers can help you apply for an individual tax identification number (ITINs).
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. An official letter from the Social Security Administration is an acceptable alternative if your Social Security Card isn’t available.
Sorry for the inconvenience and confusion. Here’s how to resolve this:
We can provide you with a copy of your tax return if you filed at one of our tax sites locations.
Individual Taxpayer Identification numbers may need renewal this year. Those who have not used their ITIN on a federal tax return for in the last three years will have to renew their ITIN. Also, all ITINs issued before 2013 will begin expiring this year. ITINs with a 78 or 79 in the middle will expire this year; others will expire on a rotating basis. You can’t file a tax return using an expired ITIN.
Visit any of our 27 tax sites to get help preparing the paperwork for ITIN renewal. For additional information, please visit the IRS website https://www.irs.gov/individuals/itin-expiration-faqs)
To process you ITIN renewal there are two options:
By mail. Mail Form W-7 and other required documents to:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342
In Person. Bring Form W-7 and other required documents to IRS Office Locations (by appointment only):
915 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98174
520 112th Ave. N.E
Bellevue, WA 98004
1201 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Just tell them to visit this website: FreeTaxExperts.org.
If you’re interested in helping distribute campaign materials and fliers to help get the word out about the program, you can request materials here: http://bit.ly/1lVCbbX