Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

Have you heard? Any household making $52,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free at 19 locations throughout King County from United Way of King County.

With the help of hundreds of IRS-trained and certified volunteers, United Way of King County helps people file their tax returns and secure credits for which they're eligible. The service is easy to access, gets clients' refunds quickly, and is absolutely free.

Along with tax preparation, volunteers help clients with additional services such as savings bonds purchasing, assistance applying for health care, public benefits, and pulling credit reports.

In 2013, United Way of King County served over 4,400 clients aged 55+ and helped return $4.5 million in refunds back to their pockets. The program also held special events preparing tax returns for clients at the Speech, Hearing and Deafness Center in Seattle.

From January 15 to April 15, 2014, United Way will operate 19 locations across King County. Locations, languages spoken, and hours of operation can be found here or by calling 2-1-1.

AgeWise King County readers are encouraged to take part in the free tax preparation service or to sign up as a volunteer. United Way is still recruiting volunteers for the program who are available to attend one of two remaining trainings for IRS certification, scheduled at South Seattle Community College on January 11 and 12. Details on volunteering can be found here.

Questions? E-mail us at EITC@uwkc.org.

In 2013, 700 volunteers dedicated 18,000 hours to United Way of King County's Free Tax Preparation Campaign. Volunteers prepared 14,900 tax returns and helped return $22 million in federal refunds to the community, including $8 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. The tax campaign also saved King County residents more than $2 million in tax preparation fees. Many thanks to Yuri Kim, manager of United Way of King County’s Basic Needs Programs, for contributing this article.