United Way of King County opens Free Tax Preparation Sites

United Way of King County announced that it is ready to help individuals and families who earn less than $66,000 file their taxes:

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. United Way has opened 32 Free Tax Preparation sites throughout King County, staffed by more than 1,000 IRS certified volunteers.

In addition to tax preparation services, there are a range of other community services and resources available including financial coaching, SNAP benefits, health care enrollment, utility assistance and more. United Way encourages people affected by the recent government shutdown to visit a site near them to learn more about what resources are available to help.

While the IRS is schedule to begin processing tax returns for refunds on Monday, January 28, due to major changes to the tax code and recent government shutdown, there may be delays in the processing refunds. People relying on their tax return to stay afloat and meet basic needs are encouraged to file early in the season.

The nearest sites in our region include:

KENT PUBLIC HEALTH
Type: Full service
25742 104th Ave SE, (at Kent Hill Plaza Shopping Center), Kent, WA 98030

  • Tues: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Weds: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Thurs: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Sat: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

HIGHLINE COLLEGE, PLACEMENT & TESTING CENTER (BLDG. 1)
Type: Full service
2400 S. 240th St. Des Moines, WA 98198

  • Mon: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Thurs: 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Sat: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

ORION INDUSTRIES
Type: Full service
1590 A St. NE, Auburn, WA 98002

  • Mon: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Weds: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Sat: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

To find a site location, languages available, a list of what to bring and other details, people can visit United Way’s Free Tax website at www.FreeTaxExperts.org. United Way Tax sites will remain open until April 18th.

WHO: Tax filers earning less than $66,000 including people affected by the recent government shutdown.

WHAT: Free Tax Preparation offered by United Way of King County in multiple languages, with additional resources and public benefits including financial coaching, health care enrollment, utility assistance and more.

WHEN: January 24th – April 18th, 2019

WHERE: All over King County including libraries, Goodwill stores, even college campuses! Half of the tax sites can accommodate Spanish speakers.

WHY: Last year United Way prepared 23,200 tax returns, securing $31.6 million in refunds. $9.8million was from the Earned Income Tax Credit. The Earned Income Tax Credit is considered the most effective anti-poverty tool we have as a nation.