Free Income Tax Preparation in Everett Starts Tuesday Thanks To United Way

January 15, 2015

Everett, Everett Economy

UWSC tax volunteers

Some of the previous United Way Free Tax Preparation Volunteers. Photo credit United Way of Snohomish County

Great news from Neil Parekh at United Way of Snohomish County…

United Way of Snohomish County is once again offering free tax preparation at three sites in Everett starting Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Volunteer tax preparers will be working out of Goodwill’s South Everett Job Training and Education Center, North Middle School and South Everett Four Square Church / Children’s Village on Casino Road.

Last year, trained volunteers prepared 3,489 tax returns and helped families claim upwards of $5.8 million in federal refunds, including $1.9 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. In all, United Way volunteers saved customers an estimated $557,000 in tax preparation fees.

Since 2007, United Way volunteers have prepared over 15,000 tax returns throughout Snohomish County and have helped working families claim $26.1 million in refunds.

This free service is available for households earning $53,000 or less. We do not serve taxpayers with rental, royalty, partnership income or who are business owners.

United Way will also provide assistance with purchasing U.S. Savings Bonds, applying for state/federal benefits, electronic filing, college education credits, child tax credits and applying for health insurance.

The Boeing Company, Washington State Department of Commerce, Goodwill, and the Internal Revenue Service are United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Program’s primary sponsors and partners.

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; records 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

The free tax preparation sites will be open between January 20 and April 14. The sites at Goodwill’s South Everett Job Training and Education Center and South Everett Foursquare Church / Children’s Village will be open on April 15.

Sites are first-come, first-served, and they get crowded-especially during January and April. Arrive as close to opening time as possible for the best chance of receiving service.

Everett

Goodwill’s South Everett Job Training and Education Center

(228 SW Everett Mall Way, Everett)

Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

South Everett Foursquare Church/Children’s Village

(14 E Casino Road, Suite D, Everett)

Tues., Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 9 a.m. – 12:30 pm.

North Middle School

(2514 Rainier Avenue, Everett)

Tues. from 5:30 – 8 p.m.; Thurs. from 5:30 – 8 p.m.; and Sat. from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Providing free tax preparation services, encouraging people to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds and offering 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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