United Way Finds Nearly $2 Million For Everett Tax Filers, Still Time For You

March 8, 2014

Everett, Everett Economy

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United Way of Snoomish County

Still time to get free tax help in Everett from United Way of Snohomish County

Some impressive numbers coming in from Neil Parekh at United Way of Snohomish County and their tax preparation program…

Volunteer tax preparers have helped more than 1,100 Everett-area households file their taxes this year. The free service is one of the ways in which United Way is helping people reach and maintain financial stability.

Six weeks into tax season, volunteers have helped residents get back $1,877,685 in refunds including $658,264 through the Earned Income Tax Credit. The average household income for those making use of this service in Lynnwood is a little less than $23,000 a year. They have saved approximately $201,600 in tax preparation fees.

United Way has three free tax preparation centers in Everett: one at Goodwill’s South Everett Job Training and Education Center, one at North Middle School and one at South Everett Foursquare Church in Children’s Village on Casino Road.

In addition to the three Free Tax Preparation Centers in Everett United Way has also established sites in Marysville, Monroe and Lynnwood. The tax sites are staffed by IRS-certified volunteers. At each site, volunteers are able to help people in English and Spanish.

Individuals who want to file their taxes themselves can use a free website set up by United Way for Snohomish County residents. The address is www.myfreetaxes.com/everett.

Since 2006, United Way volunteers have prepared 12,025 tax returns worth more than $20 million in refunds for Snohomish County families. Almost a third of that total, $6.39 million, can be attributed to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which the IRS estimates lifts more than 6.6 million Americans above the poverty line each year.

This year’s sponsors and partners include The Boeing Company, Washington State Department of Commerce, Moss Adams LLP, Goodwill, the Walmart Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service.

What You Should Bring

Although no appointment is necessary, taxpayers must bring a picture ID; social security card or tax identification number for everyone on the return; W2s or other income statements from all employers; any 1099 forms; the name, address and tax ID number for your child care provider; records of student loan payments; record of payments for educational expenses such as college tuition; mortgage interest and property tax statements; a bank account number to receive your refund via direct deposit; last year’s tax return – if you have it; and, if you’re filing jointly, both spouses are required to be present to file electronically.

Locations and Hours

Goodwill’s South Everett Job Training and Education Center (228 SW Everett Mall Way, Everett)
Tues., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Thurs., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

North Middle School (2514 Rainier Avenue, Everett)
Tues., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Thurs., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

South Everett Foursquare Church/Children’s Village (14 E Casino Road, Suite D, Everett)
Tues., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m..; Wed., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free tax preparation, encouraging people to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds and financial education programs are part of United Way’s overall effort to help Snohomish County families achieve and maintain financial stability.

For more information, please visit http://www.uwsc.org/freetaxpreparationcampaign.php or call 2-1-1 for information and referrals.

 

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