Few people enjoy tax time. Tax preparation season is a dreaded enemy for so many who struggle financially.
At United Way, we turn tax preparation into an ally. Extra dollars from a refund can put so many people on a path out of poverty.
Background: It’s getting harder and harder to stay financially afloat in the Seattle area. Seattle. Is. Expensive. Hardworking individuals and families in our community struggle to find stability and avoid homelessness. And they’re being priced out of the area.
Where do taxes fit in? Without the know-how or money for professional tax services, it can be difficult to decode your W-2—much less figure out if you’re eligible for any tax credits or other calculations on your tax return.
Our Free Tax Preparation Campaign is a tool we use to break the cycle of poverty and get everyone on solid ground. It helps people keep more of the money they earn. They can get an accurate tax refund, take care of their families, keep a roof overhead and save for the future.
How Free Tax Preparation Works
From January through April, our Free Tax Prep Campaign provides free, walk-in tax services at libraries, community centers and other public sites across King County. It’s run by trained volunteers who offer help in 50 languages. Plus it all happens during hours that are convenient for working families. Anyone making less than $66,000 per year may be eligible.
Last year’s fantastic results:
- 1,025 volunteers helped file 23,200 tax returns.
- $31.6 million in refunds.
- $9.8 million from leveraging the Earned Income Tax Credit, the nation’s strongest anti-poverty tool.
- 3,500 referrals to other financial resources accessible through some of our partner agencies. We’re effectively wrapping these families in financial knowledge so they can stay stable once they’re out the door.
Your Chance To Fight Poverty
We need your friendly smile and helpful demeanor! Check out and join one of our two volunteer roles.
We’ll train you and you’ll be fighting poverty in no time. Let’s break the cycle of poverty with tax preparation. Let’s build a community where families are financially stable.